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

 
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Our Services

Evensong singers

Take the gift I bring, Friends carry me over, Deep within me life is singing, Love call me home. Time ferry me down the river, Friends carry me safely over, Life tend me on my journey. Love call me home. 
                                                                          ~ Peggy Seeger

“You sang with your heart, your smiles spoke of your love...”
                                                           ~ note from a hospice patient

Families and staff in private homes, nursing homes and hospitals may request Evensong’s singing free of charge by contacting:

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County at
667-2531 or Email Us

Evensong is a group of singers whose gift is to offer songs for peace and comfort in the homes and at the bedsides of those who are in transition or nearing the end of life's journey.

The singers have all had hospice orientation, and many are regular hospice volunteers, so they are comfortable and familiar with the hospice philosophy of care.

It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to share this most intimate time in a person's life. The singers enter this place with gentleness, respect and with open hearts.

Depending on a person's need and preferences, Evensong offers a choice of music ranging from spirituals to secular, hymns and gospel to folk and popular, even special requests. They sing in groups from as few as four to as many as twenty.

Patients and their families often respond emotionally to the music and find comfort in the deep human connection with the singers who have come to be present with them.

"The Gift of Music" by Masumi Hayashi-Smith produced at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. More from the Salt Institute

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!

Upcoming Groups & Workshops

Spring 2020 Grief Support Groups

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April - June. Specific topics, locations and dates to be announced.

Spring Volunteer Training

Patient Care and Bereavement Volunteer trainings will begin in April. Dates and times for this training will be
scheduled around prospective volunteers.

Spring Aging & Loss Workshop

7-week workshop beginning April for people 62 and older who have experienced losses associated with aging.

Hospice News

Hello Friends and Neighbors

Hello Friends and neighbors. Sending our very best wishes to each of you and your loved ones! 

Please know that we at HVHC are committed to practices that we know are necessary to help stem the tide of the coronavirus. While we are following the directions of the CDC and our medical hospice partners in suspending in-person visits, we are actively engaged in processes that will continue our care and outreach to those in need of support - patients, caregivers, those who are grieving, and our amazing volunteers. We are grateful to our colleagues throughout the community who are also committed to working together to keep us connected and cared for. Please reach out to a service provider that you know or one of us at HVHC if you have questions about available support.

In the meantime, thanks to our friends at Healthy Acadia for sharing the important quote below.  

Dearest Folks at Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County,

My family and I can’t thank you enough for all you did to care for our mother. You helped make the last days of her life have more joy and peace than anything we could do.

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