I’m excited to share some news about a brand new event under the Hospice of Santa Barbara umbrella.

On Wednesday, June 5th, Compassionate Care of Carpinteria will host its 1st ever luncheon, The Light Shines Ahead , raising funds and awareness for the critical work we’re doing throughout the Carpinteria community. Compassionate Care of Carpinteria (CCC) is a new a initiative of Hospice of Santa Barbara, which provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness. CCC provides counseling services in our offices located at the Carpinteria Children's Project.

World champion surfer, author, filmmaker, and international speaker Shaun Tomson will join us to share his personal experiences coping with loss, and will touch on the importance of hope and purpose during the grief process. You won’t want to miss Shaun’s story, so be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late. See below for details or click here .

Looking forward to seeing you June 5th!
1st Annual Compassionate Care of Carpinteria Luncheon:
The Light Shines Ahead
Please join us for Compassionate Care of Carpinteria’s 1st Annual Luncheon! Featuring keynote speaker Shaun Tomson, former World Surfing Champion, entrepreneur, author, filmmaker, and international speaker. HSB's new Carpinteria initiative, Compassionate Care of Carpinteria brings our vital services to the community of Carpinteria -- in scho ols and our new office location at Carpinteria Children's Project. Tickets are available now.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Rincon Beach Club
11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Thank you to our Early Sponsors!

Luminary Sponsor:

Lucky Star Sponsor:

Bright Star Sponsors:
Mandy and Chris Gocong
John Leveson

Table Hosts:
Wilja Happe
Eduard and Nadia Van Wingerden
Volunteer Appreciation Party
We celebrated our volunteers on Thursday, May 2nd at Creekside Restaurant & Bar with a Backyard Barbeque to show our appreciation for all the good and meaningful work they do, serving people in our community living with serious illness. During the program portion of this event, our Director of Volunteer Services, Nicole Romasanta, acknowledged and thanked our
‘I Have A Friend’ volunteers, Beloved Bear volunteers, and our Patient Care Services volunteers. Thank you to our volunteers for your kindness, compassion, and presence that you provide!

Click here to view more photos from our Volunteer Appreciation Party.
Meet Bereavement Counselor, Melissa Axell, LMFT
Melissa Axell completed her BA in Elementary Education at the University of Michigan. After spending three years teaching third grade in an under-served community in Waianae, HI, she felt inspired to return to graduate school to pursue a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. For 7 years now she has spent time working in the Santa Barbara Community supporting children, teens, and young adults providing counseling services, along with leading various support groups, one of which was teaching parenting education classes for families in transition.
She now has been working with Hospice of Santa Barbara for almost 2 years now as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with children, teens, adults and families who are faced with the loss of a loved one. Melissa became drawn to working at Hospice of Santa Barbara because she finds the topic of death and dying to be very important to our human experience and the way we live. She deeply enjoys the work at HSB because it allows her to share a space with an individual that is very intimate and moving. “In my own experience, I honor the journey of grief as a sacred and transformational process offering an opportunity to create inner peace, wisdom, and love.”
In her free time, she really enjoys being outside and active whether that is taking a bike ride, swimming and jogging. And on a bright and warm Santa Barbara day, she is most likely to be found at the beach.
Upcoming Support Groups and Workshops
Each participant must complete registration with HSB prior to group participation.No drop-ins please. Groups are subject to cancellation based on low registration.You may inquire online or by calling our intake coordinator at (805) 563-8820.
Art Therapy Workshop
Saturday, June 15
This one say workshop will provide a creative outlet to deepen the process of remembering and honoring your loved one.
Young Adults Bereavement
Monday Evenings
July 1st - August 19th
This group is for young adults age 19-30 who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Healing Through Poetry
Monday Afternoons
This group examines techniques that will allow members to express their grief through the written word.
Pet Loss Support Group
Tuesday Afternoons
July 16 - August 30
For those who are grieving the loss of their beloved animal companion
Thank You!
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 in the future.
Phone: (805) 563-8820
Fax: (805) 563-8821