In This Issue
A Word From Our 
Executive Director
Dear Friends,

2020 A Year to Dream Big!

With 2020 vision, a promising year of events and initiatives are in store for the Alliance for Living and Dying Well.  We will continue to facilitate seven monthly community workshops on advance care planning in addition to the annual Get It Done Today! event on April 16 where 60 people will have the opportunity to receive Advance Care Planning counseling, complete their Advance Health Care Directive, and have it notarized all in one day.  In the Fall, members of the medical community and health care advocates will once again have the opportunity to hear about and discuss pressing issues in Advance Care Planning at our annual Advance Care Planning Symposium III. Finally, in an effort to support our partners in the retirement and faith communities as they weave Advance Care Planning into the life and fabric of their organizations, we will focus on the growth and development of new partnerships within the community. 

We would love to support you in starting 2020 off by expressing your wishes in an Advance Health Care Directive. The Alliance looks forward to offering you guidance and support through group workshops and one-on-one facilitation as we begin talking with loved ones about our wishes and invite our loved ones to do the same.
Please contact the Alliance at 805-845-5314 to find out more.

Wishing you health and happiness in 2020!

With warm gratitude, 
Susan Plummer, Exec. Director

Upcoming Free 
Advance Care Planning Workshops

February 3  Advance Care Planning Workshop, Congregation B'nai B'rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd., 3-5 pm.  To register, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or  register online 

February 10    Advance Care Planning Workshop, Sansum Clinic, 215 Pesetas Lane, 3rd floor conference room, 10 am - noon.  Call Sansum Health Education (805) 681-8976 or register online 

February 12  Advance Care Planning Workshop, VNA Health, 360 Olive St, 4-6 pm.  To register, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or    register online

February 18   Advance Care Planning Workshop,   Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Tippy's Cove Multipurpose Room,  2nd Floor, 
540 W. Pueblo Street, 
1:30-3:00 pm.   To register, c all Sansum Health Education at  (805) 681-8976  or

February 18  Advance Care Planning Workshop, 
Valle Verde Retirement Community, 900 Calle De Los Amigos (Community Room), 3:30 - 5:30pm. To register, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or  register online

February 19   Advance Care Planning Workshop, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara St , 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. To r egister, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or  register online

February 19   Advance Care Planning Workshop, Garden Court, 1116 De La Vina St., 3:00 - 5:00 pm. To register, call the Alliance at  (805) 845-5314 or  register online 
Happy New Year!
From the Staff and Leadership Council of
The Alliance for Living and Dying Well

The Alliance, as a collaboration of end-of-life care leaders, advocate that one of your New Year Resolutions would include completion of your Advance Health Care Directive.

The Alliance supports the following events in our community.
Jeff Gould giving a Tedx Talk

Jeff Gould discusses "The Power of Dreams and Memories" and how this impacts our lives. Jeff Gould has managed a Funeral Planning department for 10 years. "The best part of what I do is the learning the stories and life lessons of families we serve. I meet people every day who may or may not be rich, but have led rich lives." 

 An accomplished speaker, Jeff speaks to thousands of people either in person, or on his annual Christmas Radio Program, A Prairie Christmas. He is a current board member of Tiger Nation, Sales and Marketing Executives and is a lay speaker at Hilltop United Methodist Church. Jeff and his wife Libby have four daughters and a 125 year old house that keep them busy.

New Tool Helps Start Conversations About End of Life

University of Alberta researchers developed a questionnaire to help people with terminal illnesses express their needs and wishes to loved ones and caregivers. A series of questions called the Life Conversation Tool is designed to help people with chronic, life-limiting illnesses gently make their wishes known, while they can still express them. Click here to continue reading

Community Events
            Navigating the End Expo

The annual expo focusing on "don't be scared, be prepared" is a free event held at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara on Saturday, February 8, from 10 am - 4 pm. Panel discussions and workshops with local experts answering your end of life questions by participating organizations including representatives of legal, financial, funeral, LGBTQ and advance care planning entities among other community resources. 

            Mind, Body & Soul Series
Noah benShea as Jacob the Baker

As part of the continuing Mind, Body & Soul series, the Marjorie Luke Theatre presents an evening with globally esteemed philosopher and international best-selling author Noah ben Shea in the voice of his famed character Jacob the Baker. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 11, at 7:30pm. 
"Death and Dying from Different Religious Perspectives" Series

Bring your lunch and join us at Hospice of Santa Barbara for this FREE, ongoing series, held from 12:00 - 1:00 pm on the third Friday of the month.

For more information about Alliance For Living and Dying Well, 
visit our website.
Alliance for Living 
and Dying Well
2040 Alameda Padre Serra, 
Suite 110
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
(805) 845-5314
The Alliance for Living and Dying Well is a collaboration of Santa Barbara area agencies that seek a seamless, compassionate continuum of end-of-life care, including:  
The Alliance for Living and Dying Well is 100% privately funded, and all services are provided to the Santa Barbara community free of charge. Your donation will help make our community healthier. Support the Alliance today.    Click here    to learn more!