About Us

About The Maine Hospice Council

The Maine Hospice Council exists to ensure the continued development of Hospice and Palliative Care in Maine.

The Council provides education and technical assistance regarding end-of-life care, as well as advocacy for terminally ill and bereaved persons regarding quality end-of-life issues throughout the state.

From its beginning in 1984, the Maine Hospice Council has been the leading advocate, trainer, and educator for hospice care in Maine.

What is Hospice?

Hospice means a philosophy of palliative (comfort) care for individuals and families during the process of dying and bereavement. Hospice is life affirming and strengthens the individual’s role in making informed decisions about care.  Hospice philosophy stresses the delivery of services in the least restrictive setting possible and with the least amount of technology necessary by volunteers and professionals who are trained to help individuals with the physical, social, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs related to terminal illness.

Code of Ethics

The staff and board members of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care (Council) will at all times:

  • Be guided by the highest standards of personal integrity.
  • Strive to inspire confidence in the Council’s work.
  • Serve their colleagues, interns, members of the legislature and State Government, the citizens of Maine, foundation partners and others with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness.

Council Committees & Schedules

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the representative body of the membership of the Council.  The Board of Directors shall be the governing body of the Council and shall be responsible for the overall policy, operation, and management of the Council.  The membership of the Board of Directors shall include, but not be limited to, representation from the following communities:

Board Members & Staff


Kandyce Powell, RN, MSN

Executive Director


Sarah Swift, MDiv

Executive Assistant