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  • A lot of listening

  • Provide comfort, companionship & emotional support 

  • Respite care for the caregiver

  • Helpful chores or errands

  • Coordinate outside resources

  • Continue contact during bereavement

Hospice volunteers must have completed a very thorough training program to prepare them for hospice work. An additional eight hours of continuing education must be completed annually, as per Maine state guidelines.

**There is NO CHARGE for volunteer hospice care for our clients. 


Down East Hospice Volunteers is sustained by memberships, grants, fundraisers and donations.

How to become a hospice client?

Cancer Support Meetings

If you are dealing with a cancer diagnosis, are in remission, currently going through treatments, or are a caregiver, this group will give you a chance to share your story if you want to and listen and learn from other's experiences in a confidential, safe environment. 

Light refreshments served. Subject to cancellation due to winter storms.

Please visit our Calendar to inquire about meeting times and locations.

Referrals to the hospice program may be made by anyone, and acceptance of services is voluntary.

Volunteer assignments are a mutual arrangement between the patient/family and the volunteer. Most hospice work occurs in the home, but it may also take place in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living, veteran's home, and boarding home. 

To inquire if Down East Hospice Volunteers would benefit your family or loved one, please contact DEHV's Director, Barbara Barnett, by calling our office or click on the button below. All contact is strictly confidential.

Down East Hospice Volunteers also conducts educational programs for the communities we serve. Let us know what you are interested in learning.

We have a lending library of books and journals available to our clients and their families. Please call the office to inquire what resources are available to you.


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