Resources

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County offers helpful resources for support and information to those in our community facing or coping with loss.

Lending Library

We loan books and videos on death and end of life issues including all aspects of caregiving, hospice work, and bereavement support. Our library includes resources suitable for patients, family members of all ages, and healthcare professionals. Contact us for resource suggestions at waldohospicevolunteers@gmail.com or click below to see a list of our materials.

Directory of Other Resources

There are many good resources out there for those dealing with end of life issues and bereavement. Please feel free to contact us so that we can make specific suggestions for your needs, or visit the recommended links below.

Medical Hospice Services

MaineHealth Home Care & Hospice/Waldo County
MaineHealth’s professional caregivers can assist with transitions from hospital to home. Phone: 207-284-4566

Hospice Services at MaineHealth (Belfast)
207-284-4566

Sussman House
Located in Rockport, Sussman House provides care for people whose symptoms are not well managed at home and are in need of hospice care as they near the end of their life. Phone: 1-800-660-4867

Beacon Hospice Care (Augusta)
207-621-1212

Community Health and Counseling Services (Bangor)
1-800-924-0366

Kindred Hospice (Bangor)
207-573-7012

MaineGeneral Home Care & Hospice (Waterville)
1-877-561-7299

Northern Light Health
207-973-7000

Hospice Resources

Maine Hospice Council
An excellent resource for advocacy, advice and education on all things hospice. 

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Good resources for caregivers and professionals.

Hospice Foundation Of America
Excellent resources on hospice, palliative care, advance care planning and grief support.

Geriatrics and Extended Care – VA Hospice and Palliative Care Initiative
Resource for veterans, including information on benefits.

 

If you would like information on receiving benefits for hospice care via Medicare, download this PDF. Also, here are Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hospice Provider.

General Caregiver Resources

CaringInfo
Helpful information so you can assess and plan for your needs as a caregiver.

Family Caregiver Information from Spectrum Generations
Local office in Belfast, with resources for education and support, plus a day care program, respite and the Meals on Wheels program.Particularly helpful for those caring for someone with dementia.

Belfast Soup Kitchen
Can deliver meals to homebound caregivers and families and help with other groceries.

Waldo Community Action Partners
An excellent, friendly resource that connects low-income Waldo County residents with resources to meet their specific needs. Can help navigate insurance and benefits such as Social Security and the HEAP Energy Program to help with home heating costs.  

Aging Well in Waldo County Maine 
Includes a directory of local resources for seniors.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Maine from Caring.com
General information, including on Medicare benefits. 

Assisted Living Facilities near Belfast from Caring.com
Directory of local facilities. 

Assisted Living Options for Low-Income Elders from AssistedLiving.org
General information on options and costs.

Funerals and Burials

Direct Cremation of Maine
Offers alkaline hydrolysis, sometimes called water or green cremation.

Last Things
Detailed information and guidance from Last Things, a Maine source for end-of-life alternatives.

Riposta Funeral Home
A full service, locally owned and managed funeral home.

Loss and Bereavement Information

Center for Loss & Life Transition
Excellent resources for understanding grief and loss.

Center For Grieving Children
Based in Portland, Maine, CGC provides loving support to grieving children, teens, families and the community through peer support, outreach and education. 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Support, videos and activism for those impacted by loss from suicide.

Alliance of Hope
Very helpful site offering support for loss from suicide. 

The Compassionate Friends
Support for families after a child dies.

GRASP (Grief Recovery)
Support for loss of a loved one due addiction or substance use disorder. The local Maine chapter holds an in-person support group meeting in Augusta on the third Thursday of every month.

Team Sharing Inc.
The national organization for parents who have lost a child to SUD.

TEAM SHARING (Parents who’ve lost a child to Substance Use Disorder) | Facebook
National Facebook group from Team Sharing. 

ME-Team Sharing ME (Parents Who’ve Lost A Child To Substance Use Disorder) | Facebook
A local Facebook group for parents who have lost a child due to SUD.

Team Sharing – SIBLINGS (Families Who’ve Lost A Sibling To SUD) | Facebook
A national Facebook group for those who have lost a sibling to SUD. 

Support for Dementias & Mental Illness

Alzheimer’s Association
Support and information on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia symptoms.

NAMI Maine
Dedicated to building better lives for the 1 in 4 Mainers who are affected by mental illness.

Information on Care for the Aging

AARP
Multiple articles from AARP on caring for loved ones.

Need help?

Click here for helpful grief and loss materials

Support our work

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County is an independent non-profit organization funded by the generous donations of our community.

Volunteer companions in times of illness, dying and grief.

Talk with us

In Waldo County, no one need die or grieve alone. Please reach out to us so we can support you. We will try to get back to you within 24-48 hours.

207-505-4434    |    Email

HVOWC, PO Box 772, Belfast, Maine 04915