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Community Education

community education

The Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County statement emphasizes the education that is entrenched throughout the HVSC culture; not only internal education, but education to our community. HVSC is striving to be a leader in providing quality life-limiting care. HVSC believes in providing education to patients, families, and communities we serve.

 HVSC has provided, at no cost, hundreds of educational in-services to physicians, facilities, and other community agencies. HVSC has experts in a variety of healthcare areas, and is available to present at your meeting times and locations. If you have a special request for a topic not listed, that request can be filled. There is no fee for this service. Contact us today at 207.474.7775 to request education piece or complete the form below and an Outreach Coordinator will contact you.


Below is a listing of the current offerings: 

HVSC Community Presentations that we offer include:


What is Hospice?

An overview of HVSC services and programs

What do I say?

 An interactive communication skills presentation geared to the death and dying situation

How to be a good friend:

We discuss ways to be supportive of friends who have experienced a loss, this is for children and adults

How do I tell the children?

 In this sensitive program, feelings of children about death and ways to support them are presented

Grief and the Adolescent:

This is a workshop geared to meet the needs of the adolescent; this is a good presentation for school counselors and other concerned adults

Grief in the workplace:

 The is a workshop targeted to meet the special needs of grief in any workplace

Relax, Release, Renew:

 In this presentation you can learn ways to put your life in balance as a caregiver and help in the grief process

New Beginnings:

Dealing with issues of loss and the steps to take for healing are addressed as well as behavioral changes that may be taking place

Gifts from the heart:

A presentation on planned giving that includes wills, insurance, and trusts. This is a general presentation for anyone that is interested in giving to any organization

Basic understanding of the VA and Veteran Benefits:

 A presentation that provides a very board overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs and presents a brief description of each of the three branches of the VA. This also provides a broad overview of benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and presents a brief description of key benefits along with relevant resources.

Memorials and Salutes for Veterans and caregivers:

A presentation that explains the importance and reason for memorial ceremonies as well as gives basic instruction for conducting a recognition event, this is aimed at making the experience both meaningful for the Veteran and his/her family and easy for those conducting the ceremony.

 Coping with the Holiday’s:

 This is an interactive presentation that focuses on managing holiday stresses and grief with more meaning, solace and even joy. Exploring what is hard and what helps can be comforting. Finding your own path through the holidays with the companionship we offer.

 Disaster & Crisis Response during the different seasons:

In this presentation we discuss the different seasons that Maine Offer’s, ways that you can be prepared both mentally and physically. We talk about things that you might need if a disaster was to happen, and the effects that it can have on you long after the disaster is over.

Custom Presentation:

 We can customize any of our presentations to fit your needs. Just let us know what you are thinking and we will work with you to find the right one to build for you


HVSC Film showings for 2016

Are held at the HVSC Office starting at 1:30pm on the following dates:

41 Main Street, Skowhegan Maine 04976

One true thing: January 5

Is about a career woman that reassesses her parent’s lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother, approximately 127 minutes long plus discussion after

The fountain: January 19

Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories this is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world, approximately 98 minutes long plus discussion after

Big fish: February 2

Is a story about a son trying to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths his father told him about himself, approximately 125 minutes long plus discussion after

Life as a house: February 15

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, approximately 125 minutes long plus discussion after

The diving bell and the butterfly: March 1

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn’t paralyzed, approximately 112 minutes long plus discussion after

The sea inside: March 15

The real-life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30 year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die, approximately 125 minutes long plus discussion after

On our own terms: Moyers on dying: April 5

This is a four part series that will be played in one showing by journalist Bill Moyers that focuses on end-of-life care in the United States, approximately 45 minutes long plus discussion after

Two weeks: April 19

In this bittersweet comedy, four adult siblings gather at their dying mother’s house in North Carolina for what they expected to be a quick, last goodbye, approximately 102 minutes long plus discussion after

The doctor: May 3

Jack Mckee is a doctor with it all: he is successful, he is rich, and he has no problems, until he is diagnosed with throat cancer, approximately 122 minutes long plus discussion after

Wit: May 17

A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer, approximately 99 minutes long plus discussion after

The fault in our stars: June 14

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has brought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis, until she suddenly meets a kid at the Cancer Kid Support Group, approximately 126 minutes long plus discussion after

 Welcome to the Riley’s: July 5

On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman, approximately 110 minutes long plus discussion after

Charlie St. Cloud: July 19

Is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother, who takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother Sam is buried, approximately 98 minutes long plus discussion after

Taking chance: August 2

A profoundly emotional look at the military rituals taken to honor its war dead, as represented by a fallen Marine killed in Iraq. Volunteers escort the body to its final resting place in Wyoming, approximately 77 minutes long plus discussion after

Rabbit Hole: August 16

After the sudden death of their beloved child, her and her husband are neither dead, as they might sometimes wish to be, nor alive, at least as they once were. Eight months after 4 year old Danny ran into the street and was killed by a teenage driver, they dwell in a limbo, approximately 91 minutes long plus discussion after

City of Angels: September 6

Pragmatic heart surgeon Maggie does not believe in angels, until she meets one, approximately 114 minutes long plus discussion after

Hereafter: September 20

They seek spiritual guidance, but what sounds contrived plays out in a surprisingly believable fashion, they do not presume to know what happens after death, suggesting instead that those who search for answers deserve something other than disrespect and derision, approximately 129 minutes long plus discussion after

Tuesdays with Morrie: October 4

Based on a true-life story, this is a loving memoir to a man whose lessons on life have much to teach us about ourselves, approximately 90 minutes long plus discussion after

Stand by me: October 18

The spectre of death hangs heavy over the entire film, in it is a coming of age film filled with nostalgia for lost youth, it is actually a movie obsessed with mortality, approximately 90 minutes long plus discussion after

The hurt locker: November 1

The tense drama follows an elite bomb disposal team and the intense pressure they face every day overseas, Battle worn and who has to learn and struggles with adjusting to everyday civilian life, approximately 131 minutes long plus discussion after

Top Gun: November 15

The unbreakable bonds formed by war and singing, until one great partner dies in a training exercise, approximately 110 minutes long plus discussion after

White Christmas: December 6

Two war buddies who team up to save the rural inn of their former commander, approximately 120 minutes long plus discussion after

Christmas in Conway: December 20

To the folks in Conway, South Carolina, Duncan is a very cranky guy, Suzy is just home from the hospital and cared for 24/7 by a nurse, and Duncan decides that the best medicine for his wife is a Christmas present she will never forget a ride on a real Ferris wheel, approximately 110 minutes long plus discussion after

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Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County needs volunteers who want to help our patients and their loved ones.

Direct Care Volunteer Training

This training is on a rolling basis 

Free Training with Materials Provided

For more information, or to request an application and register contact: 207.474.7775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.