Mission and Services

Pine Tree Hospice staff and volunteers provide non-medical care, support, and education, with respect and dignity, to people journeying through progressive life-limiting illnesses, caregiving, and bereavement, thereby enhancing and honoring quality of life.
Mission revised December 2017
Pine Tree Hospice foresees a community in which members openly discuss caregiving, end of life, and bereavement issues and actively provides compassionate care to one another through these precious life journeys.

Hospice care is a unique philosophy and team approach to care provided to people in the final phase of their lives.

It emphasizes enhancing the quality of life and preserves a sense of dignity while providing palliative comfort care.

Hospice is not a place. It is a family-centered effort that provides support and care for the whole family during the process of dying and bereavement.

Trained volunteers are key team members who work along with healthcare professionals to provide support.

Hospice strengthens the individual's role in making decisions about end of life care.

Pine Tree Hospice is proud to be one of less than 70 volunteer hospice programs in the United States.

The following services are offered free of charge:

Respite Care
Psychosocial Support
Spiritual Support
Family Household Support
Patient and Family Advocacy
Bereavement Support
Lending Library
Meal Preparations
Light Housekeeping

Pine Tree Hospice, was incorporated in 1985.  It is governed by the Board of Directors, composed of community representatives.  Evergreen is the Pine Tree Hospice Center for Grieving Children and Adults.

Pine Tree Hospice employs an Executive Director, a Coordinator for Client Services and Volunteers, and an Administrative Assistant.  More than 90 dedicated active volunteers provide direct and indirect services to hospice clients and families.  Our service area is located in rural north central Maine.

Funding is provided by various grants and donations, the annual Variety Show, memorial contributions, an annual appeal, and various other fundraising events. Contracts with three home health medical hospice providers complete our funding support.

Volunteers must complete an initial 20-hour training program for direct service and a 4-hour training program for indirect service.  Volunteers will then need four to eight hours of continuing education per year.

Clients receive Pine Tree Hospice services free of charge.

Hospice volunteers provide direct services such as companionship, respite care for caregivers, transportation to appointments, meal preparation, shopping, medication delivery, light housekeeping, and bereavement support.  Hospice volunteers also provide indirect services such as building ramps, running errands, planning events, assisting in the office, serving on committees, or writing grants.  Volunteers do not provide personal physical care.

Pine Tree Hospice hosts bereavement support programs.  Evergreen Peer Support Volunteers work with children and adults who are experiencing grief.  

When a life-threatening illness or grief strikes, it is wonderful to know that Pine Tree Hospice can make a difference.