Hospice/Hope’s Place

Hospice Program

Hospice exists to provide non-medical support to individuals and their families during the last phases of life, to loved ones throughout the grieving process, and to educate the community regarding issues related to death and grieving. Hospice is a philosophy of care and support for terminally ill people and their loved ones that is dedicated to reaffirming that life in its final phase can be lived to its fullest. Bereavement services are available to anyone who has sustained loss either through illness or unexpectedly. There are many volunteer opportunities available! Volunteers are needed to provide companionship to Hospice clients giving invaluable respite care for their caregivers, assist with fundraising activities, and clerical support.

HVWA (Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area) aims to provide bereavement support to those in their last stages of life in addition to supporting those who are experiencing the grieving process. Hospice care is a direct care program that emotionally supports dying individuals, whereas Hope’s Place works with children who have lost a loved one in order to promote healthy grieving.


Volunteers must complete the training sessions to become a certified Hospice volunteer. We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of one visit per week for at least one year.

Hope’s Place

Hope’s Place is a branch of Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area. Hope’s Place provides a safe and supportive environment to grieving children, teens and families through peer support groups, which nurture and encourage safe expression of grief and loss. Volunteers are needed to serve as facilitators who help run peer support groups in which young people meet with others their own age, and parents/ guardians with other adults. Children and teens are encouraged to process grief through the healing arts, music, dance and play.


Volunteers must complete the training sessions to become a certified volunteer. Hope’s Place asks for a commitment of 2 sessions ~ roughly a one year commitment, but you can do more if you want! The Fall session is 8 weeks long – 5:30-815 on Thursday nights. In the Spring there are 2 six week sessions also from 5:30-815 on Thursday nights.

Program Leader

Priscilla McCelvey (plmccelv@colby.edu)

Peggy Meyer (mmmeyer@colby.edu)

Program Information

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area

304 Main Street
P.O. Box 200
Waterville, ME 04903
Phone: 207-873-3615



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