~ 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!

Hospice News

Free Online Support Groups

During these trying times, feelings of grief, loss and isolation that many are feeling have grown, and the need for support, understanding and affirmation is high. To provide this needed support, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering two online support groups, both free of charge and coming right up.

There are two support groups being formed: One for Those Who are Grieving the Loss of a Loved One who has died, and a Caring Support for Caregivers Group (of any type; the caregiving does not have to be for a hospice patient). If you are feeling angry, overwhelmed, frustrated or isolated, this is normal; you are not alone.

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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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