Correction Note: Death & Cupcakes has been corrected below: 

Death & Cupcakes | May 16 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Join a discussion about death and the celebration of life in a comfortable and welcoming setting. 
Our Mission: To care for anyone experiencing the impact of a serious illness or grieving the death of a loved one.
What it Means to be a Hospice Volunteer

At Hospice of Santa Barbara, the common thread across all nine of our volunteer programs is the person-to-person connection that forms between our volunteers and our clients. Hospice volunteering can be emotional, but the rewards are great. Our Director of Volunteers, Nicole Romasanta, shares insights on HSB's volunteers as we approach National Volunteer Week, April 23-29. Read more.

Each day, our firefighters, police officers, EMTs, social workers, doctors, nurses and others who work in local social services are at the forefront of sorrow, pain, and often times death. To support and honor what they experience on a daily basis, our Community Outreach and Education program works with these groups to provide counseling and resiliency training. Read more about this program in my recent article.
Another group we honor this month is our volunteers. As we approach National Volunteer Week, I'm inspired by the people in our community who seek out meaningful opportunities to serve others who are in a vulnerable time of their lives. We look forward to honoring our volunteers next month at our appreciation party on May 18.
Mentors Needed for 'I Have a Friend' Program
Hospice of Santa Barbara is seeking volunteers to make a difference in a child's life by joining the "I Have A FriendĀ®" Mentor Program. Mentor volunteers are adults who experienced the death of a parent or sibling as a child and are trained and matched with children who have recently experienced a similar loss. Mentors help a child to heal, thrive and feel "normal" again.

Training takes place over two consecutive Saturdays.

Date: Saturday, May 6 and 13, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara 93103
For more information and a mentor application, please visit or contact Nicole Romasanta, Director of Volunteer Services, at (805) 563-8820.

To share this information with a friend who may be interested, send them this link.
Upcoming Events

Presentation & Book Signing -  "Words at the Threshold: What We Say
As We're Nearing Death"

April 19 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Special screening of the short documentary 

April 26 | 7:00-8:30 p.m.

One Good Egg: A Bold, Brave and Funny One Woman Show

May 5-7 | 7:30 p.m.
Happening at HSB
Learn at Lunch
April 21 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Luciana Mitzkun, Family 
Services Director at
Friendship Center "End-of-
Life Services for Patients
with Dementia and their
Death & Cupcakes
May 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion about death and the celebration of life in a comfortable and welcoming setting. 
Men's Grief & Spirituality 

This group has been postponed until September. If you are interested in joining, please email Nelson Hayashida at to be put on a list.

All groups are free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted. Registration must be completed with HSB prior to group participation. No drop-ins please.
Please note: space is limited and groups are subject to cancellation based on low registration
 Support Hospice of Santa Barbara at no cost to you!
Whenever you shop at Amazon, go through  AMAZON SMILE. Simply select "Hospice of Santa Barbara" as your charitable organization and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase (.5%) to us. Already using Amazon Smile? You can still make HSB your charitable organization by clicking on the name of the charity you're supporting on your  Amazon Smile landing page.
 Thank You!
Hospice of Santa Barbara thanks the following people for supporting our work:
Steve Jacobsen for his Learn at Lunch presentation last month on "Death, dying and spirituality from Buddha to Postmodern Santa Barbara." View it here .
Linda Lockner
of Travel Store in Santa Barbara for donating her truck to help haul the "Before I Die" Wall to the Carpinteria Open Streets event. This is the third time she has done this for HSB. 
Thank you for all that you do to support our work! 

It is a remarkable privilege to witness the difference we make for those we serve on a daily basis. It is only through your generosity that we can accomplish all that we do and will do in the future. 
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