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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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Doing Death Differently

What if rather that pushing death away we could entertain and value other kinds of knowledge and definitions of death? It has the potential to change the discussions that we have about the end of life, how we care for the dying, how we honor the dead, and how we support those living with loss.

Read more from Stephen Jones, our Community Education Program Coordinator, who shares his perspective on how the lessons of living well and dying are relevant at all stages of life.
"At Hospice of Santa Barbara" - A Poem by Bonnie Scot

Bonnie Scot, a former participant in our "Healing Through Poetry" support group, shared her poem "At Hospice of Santa Barbara" with us. "Listening to the poems of other writers and group participants stimulated creativity for me at a time when grief made it seem impossible," she said of the program. "The safety and artistic freedom in our meetings facilitated self-expression, and much to my surprise, being creative helped the process of healing."

Click here to read her poem and learn how you can join the "Healing Through Poetry" group. 
We celebrate the students in our community who have recently graduated as we acknowledge that many are grieving the death of a family member who wasn't able to attend or a classmate who wasn't able to walk the stage with them. These milestones in the lives of our youth and young adults can be difficult days for those who have dealt with the loss of a loved one.

In our community, one in five children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18; one in twenty children will experience the death of one or both parents before reaching adulthood.  HSB provides free professional support and coping tools for children, teens and their families that are essential for successful emotional growth and healing. Visit our website to learn more.
Apply to be a Patient Care Volunteer

We are seeking compassionate individuals interested in providing support to people with serious illness and their families. Training sessions for Patient Care Volunteers will be held on six consecutive Wednesdays from Oct. 4 - Nov. 8. The deadline to apply is Sept. 20. Contact Nicole Romasanta at (805) 563-8820 to learn more.
HSB in the Community

HSB attended the "Young at Heart Senior Fair" held at the Villa Santa Fe Community Room on May 25. This Fair was hosted by the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and Community Action Commission Senior Lunch program as a resource for seniors to "explore opportunities in their community"

Pictured: Cynthia Stoddard (HSB board member and nurse at Cottage Hospital), Amy Lopez (HSB social worker) and Judy Stevens Long (HSB volunteer).

Upcoming Events

Learn at Lunch
Dr. David Cumes presents: "Ancient Wisdom and the Spiritual Cosmology Surrounding Death and Dying"

July 21, 12-1 p.m.
Death and Cupcakes
Hospice of Santa Barbara welcomes you to join a discussion about death and the celebration of life in a comfortable and welcoming setting.

July 18, 1-2 p.m.

 Support Groups

Mindfulness for Healing
Wed. Mornings | Aug. 2-30
M editation group in which members will use awareness techniques to address painful feelings around loss. This group is open to anyone experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness or grieving the loss of a loved one. 
Teen Support Group
Tuesday Evenings | Jun. 13 - Aug. 8
For people ages 14-18 facing the loss of a loved one. This group will provide a safe, supportive environment for teenagers to express grief.
Young Adults Grieving Support Group
Wednesday Evenings |
Aug. 16 - Sept. 6
For people ages 19 to 30 facing the loss of a loved one. This group will provide a safe, supportive environment for young adults to express grief.

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:

  • Lavender oil.
  • Provide lunch for volunteer training. 
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.

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Thank You!

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

Thank you to all the band members of "Triage" who played for our Volunteer Appreciation Party.  Scott Branch on guitar, Miche Osborne on vocals and Jess Crary on violin were fantastic!

Thank you to the SB Chicken Ranch and Santa Barbara Gift Baskets and Massage Green Spa for helping us out with the much-loved gift cards and baskets that were presented to volunteers at the Appreciation party.

Thank you to the "flower lady" who wants no notoriety but brings flowers to HSB, all because years ago, she tells me, HSB helped her father and family go through a hard time.

The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region for featuring us as nonprofit of the month in June.