Is it Time to Give Back? Consider Becoming a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer!

Do you have some spare time? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to offer a series of volunteer trainings this spring. These trainings will provide the knowledge and skills to equip you to help people in our community who are coping with a life-limiting, progressive illness. Trainings are arranged into three segments. The first segment, called the “Core Training”, provides the foundation for both direct care and bereavement work. Once volunteers complete this 11-hr. segment they can choose to take the 9-hr. “Direct Care Hospice Volunteer” segment, or the 14-hr. “Bereavement Facilitator” segment, or both.

All prospective volunteers must take the “Core Training” segment, scheduled for:

Friday, March 14th, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 15th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Those who are interested in becoming a Direct Care Hospice Volunteer will continue with the next segment as follows:

Pine Tree Hospice Offers "Anticipatory Pet Loss" Workshop

Preparing for the death of a pet can be stressful and confusing.  This afternoon will cover information about how to prepare for the death of a pet, comfort measures, when to decide it's time to say goodbye, what euthanasia is, "aftercare" options such as burial, cremation, memorials, etc.  There will an opportunity to share photos and stories and to discuss the grieving process. 

Planned presentations include a discussion with local veterinarian Ron Miles, DMV from Foxcroft Veterinary Services and his wife Tina Miles, DVM, from Penobscot Veterinarian Services, explaining the medical side of caring for an ailing pet.  Don Hanson, the owner of Green Acres Kennel, will discuss the more personal side of losing a loved pet.  Trained bereavement facilitators will provide enriching activities to aid with the grief related to the loss of a pet.

Pine Tree Hospice Presents a Caring for the Caregiver Complementary Care Event

Ward off the Winter Blues with some Complementary Care!

Funny Stories About Forgetting. It's Good to Laugh.

Funny Stories About Forgetting. It's Good to Laugh.

Recently, I wrote about a memory test you can take if you worried about forgetting things.

The topic must have struck a nerve, because it generated quite a few comments on social media.

His First Heart Attack Happened Before His Thirtieth Birthday

His First Heart Attack Happened Before His Thirtieth Birthday

Justin Faloon’s first heart attack happened June 1,1999, when he was only 29. He was lucky. He could have died, especially because he waited 20 minutes or more before dialing 911. That’s his primary message these days: never ever wait if you think you’re having a heart attack. Call for help immediately.

He remembers the day like it was yesterday. Read more ...


Aerial Yoga: A whole new experience

If you've always wanted to fly through the air with the greatest of ease or hang upside down from a silk trapeze, you don't have to run away and join the circus. Read more ...