~ Volunteer Service Since 1980 ~
Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County
14 McKenzie Avenue Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-667-2531 · fax 667-9406



Free Online Grief Support Group

Grieving in this time of social isolation due to Covid-19 can be especially challenging. You are not alone. Support from others who have also experienced a loss can help you cope with the pain of grief.  

 Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering a free online grief support group for those who have lost a loved one. Meetings will take place on a weekly basis during the period of September 28—November 20, with the weekday and time to be determined by the availability of registered participants. 

 This group is:

  • Confidential and free of charge
  • Meets online weekly for 8 weeks
  • Starting at the end of September, so register soon!

 To register, click the Support Group Registration button to the right of this screen. For  more information you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call our office at 667-2531.

Friends and Neighbors

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Our very best wishes to you and yours during this uncharted time!  We remain committed to serving you and other members of our community who need support during their own or their loved ones’ end-of-life journeys, and those who are grieving. 

During this unprecedented time of the coronavirus outbreak, we want you to know our organization is healthy at 40 years strong, and we are doing what we need to do to continue serving those who need our care, including:

  • Volunteers and staff supporting patients and caregivers via phone and other electronic means; including 25 families during the initial transition to phone support.  It is heart-warming to hear a volunteer describe her continuing sessions reading books aloud via phone to her hospice patient.
  • One-on-one phone support for people who are grieving, including 53 individuals within the first two weeks of going “virtual”.  We know that grieving will continue to increase during this time of isolation and the many losses people are experiencing, and we are here to provide needed support.
  • Our well-trained and dedicated volunteers are receiving information, guidance and support through their respective program leaders, including training in the use of Zoom for online meetings and team education and support (51 volunteers trained within that same two-week period).
  • We are utilizing online tools such as Facebook and Zoom to connect with volunteers and community members to offer Adult Education and other workshops (45 participants in two workshops to date).
  • We are active with several networks of community service providers to ensure availability of supportive care and connection for members of our community throughout this time of challenge.


Until we are able to return to our normal in-person service, please take good care of yourselves and your loved ones!  

Meet our newest Patient Care Volunteers!

Congratulations to the Patient Care Volunteer training Fall Class of 2019!

Congratulations to the Patient Care Volunteer training Fall Class of 2019!  

From left to right: (back row) Lori Johnson (Program Director), Ja­mie Blaine of MDI; Seppy Huber of Steuben; Beth Bland of Ellsworth; Roger Wilson of MDI. (front row) Liz Vickery of Surry; Nancy Jones of Lamoine; Olivia Pollock of Blue Hill. (missing Kate O'Dell of Blue Hill).

Our new Patient Care Volunteers graduat­ed from our 27-hour Patient Care Vol­unteer training on February 3rd.

Slideshow from 40 year of HVHC

Grief Support

Join us for a free online 8-week grief support group starting the week of September 28, specific weekday and time to be determined based on  based on participant availability.

Support Group Registration

Please register soon as this group may fill up!

Notecards to support HVHC

Celebrating 40 years!

We are so grateful to be recognizing 40th years of service in 2020.  Thank you to all of the volunteers and community supporters who help us keep this mission strong!

Best of the Best!

Volunteers of the Year

Beginning the Conversation

Why I Volunteer...

Why I Volunteer