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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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We are proud and privileged to celebrate this year's Heroes of Hospice of Santa Barbara on Sept. 27 at the Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore. This year, we honor the Flower Empower program of the Dream Foundation; Ridley-Tree Cancer Center; and Charles Zimmer-longtime past executive director of Hospice of Santa Barbara.
These outstanding community volunteers play a vital role in our mission and have demonstrated compassionate dedication to our clients who are experiencing the impact of life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one. We hope you will join us in celebrating these local heroes. Ticket reservations are available online or by contacting (805) 563-8820 or info@hospiceofsb.org.

My Path at Hospice of Santa Barbara - A Reflection by Mary Wagner  

In her 15 years working for Hospice of Santa Barbara, Mary Wagner, MFT, Counselor, has seen the organization grow and expand program offerings. She compares her HSB career journey to that of a river. Read her reflection here.  

Al Perderte Yo a Ti - A Poem by Ernesto Cardenal

When our colleague Alejandro Vasquez, MFTI, Bilingual Bereavement Counselor lost his sister to breast cancer more than six years ago, he recited this poem by the Puerto Rican author Ernesto Cardenal during her service.  She was the oldest of the six siblings as well as the only girl in the family.
Learn how you can write your own poems to help your healing process in our
 "Healing Through Poetry" group here.  

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

HSB attended the September 6th "Let's Talk About Suicide" Film Screening and Conversation which took place at the Goleta Community Center. A crowd of 60 gathered to learn and share their experiences. 

To acknowledge the ways suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones, our staff was present at the Sept. 10 "Out of the Darkness Walk" at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara. We are touched by all the reasons people came out to walk. Thank you to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for organizing the event in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Upcoming Events

Men's Grief and Spirituality
Grief is not weakness.
 Join other men in grief as we search  for
 meaning and expression of our loss. If you identify as a man,  you are welcome
 in our circle. 
September 23, 12-1 p.m.
Love Letter to the Future
with Marilee Zdenek
How can you help a loved one when your time on earth has ended? A letter to those you leave behind can offer invaluable comfort and begin to help them heal. 
September 25, 1-4 p.m.

Doing Death Differently 
Launch of Pioneering 8-week group. An interactive exploration of conscious, connected, and loving end-of-life experiences

September 27, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Death and Cupcakes
Hospice of Santa Barbara welcomes you to join an open conversation about death in a comfortable and welcoming setting

October 17, 1-2 p.m.

 Support Groups

Parenting After Loss 
support group invite parenting after loss  
Wednesday Evenings | Sept. 20 - Nov.8
For grieving parents, caregivers and bereaved children and teens. This support group will provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences with other grieving parents and children.

Mindfulness for Healing 
mindfulness in healing support group invite
Wednesday Mornings | Oct. 25 - Nov. 22
Mediation group in which members will use awareness techniques to address painful feelings around loss. The group is open to anyone experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness or grieving the loss of a loved one. 

Time limited groups require registration prior to first session. No drop-ins please. To register, please contact the intake coordinator at (805) 563-3320 ext. 110. All groups are free of charge with donations gratefully accepted.

Help Fulfill Our Wish List:

  • Small bottles of lavender oil for relaxation.
  • Two laptops - one in the Treatment Room and one in the Group Room for counselors to take their notes. Call 805-563-8820 if you would like to donate a laptop
  • Gift certificates for ice cream or frozen yogurt , movie passes, museum passes and  Zodo's Bowling passes for I Have a Friend (add copyright) Program
  • Provide a healthy dinner for the Parenting After Loss group (15 people)
  • Grocery store and gas gift cards
  • Bakery gift certificates (Our families celebrate birthdays and death anniversaries of their loved ones who have died)
  • We are also seeking two laptops - one in the Treatment Room and one in the Group Room for counselors to take their notes. Call (805) 563-8820 if you would like to donate a laptop.
  • Engraved inspirational stones, see Amazon for details

Thank You!

Hospice of Santa Barbara thanks the following people for supporting our work:

Thank you to Rev. Allysa De Wolf for presenting "Death and Dying in the Queer Community" for last month's Learn @ Lunch.
Thank you to Gary Simpson and the entire staff of Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center for hosting HSB's "Round-up" Campaign. The "Round-up" Campaign raised $5,000!
Thank you to Beverley Jackson for showcasing her art in our Leigh Block Gallery through Oct. 31 and for donating 25% of her proceeds to HSB. Click here for photo gallery