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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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Last month, we had the honor and privilege of recognizing the many selfless members of our community at our Heroes of Hospice Jewels by the Sea luncheon and awards ceremony. This year's honorees included the Flower Empower program of the Dream Foundation, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, and Charles Zimmer, longtime past executive director of Hospice of Santa Barbara. Read more about the event on Noozhawk .
We also had the opportunity to honor the life of our friend Johnny Aspra, a beloved community member whom many knew as the Epicurean Cowboy. Although we are devastated that Aspra succumbed to ALS earlier this year, we are honored to have been a part of his story during the final years of his life.
We are grateful for all the volunteers in our community who are dedicated to bringing compassionate care to each of our patients, clients, and their families. We also wouldn't be able to accomplish this goal without the help of our sponsors who donate their time and resources to our mission.

Light up a Life 2017

Join us for this beloved community tradition remembering and honoring those you miss this holiday season. Please come to one or more of our Light Up A Life ceremonies, and hang a star in memory of a loved one who has died or in honor of someone living.

"Autumn," a grief poem by Lauren Myles Cumberbatch

Lauren Cumberbatch is a graduate of UCSB and has lived in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. After a lengthy career as a paralegal in several areas of law, she has switched gears and is in the process of obtaining her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Lauren is married and is the mother of 4 young adults (2 children and 2 step children). She uses poetry as a creative outlet and to process the deep feelings that come with living a full life. She is a past attendee of HSB's "Healing Through Poetry" support group. 

For the last 10 years, HSB has invited individuals to express their grief through writing in our "Healing Through Poetry" support group.  Click here  for information on how to join this group or the other support programs we offer.
"I Have the Power," by Joel Altschul

Joel and Jon hiking at Glacier National Park

Joel Altschul lives with his wife, Lynn, in Santa Barbara and New Buffalo, Michigan (60 miles east of Chicago). He has four grandchildren and three children including his son, Jon, who passed away last year.
His background includes a career in educational publishing and the sale of his company over ten years ago.
He enjoys writing, hiking, golf, and supporting Santa Barbara Hospice.

Learn how you can write your own poems to help your healing process in our
 "Healing Through Poetry" group here.  

Upcoming Events

Learn at Lunch
Join us for lunch! This month's Learn at Lunch will be led by Valerie Banks of Flower Empower, one of the recipients of this year's Heroes of Hospice. 

October 20, 12 - 1 p.m.

 Support Groups
Mindfulness for Healing 
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. 

Widow/Widowers Support Group 
1st & 3rd Thursday Afternoons OR
2nd & 4th Monday Evenings
Support group for adults who have lost a spouse or partner. This is a supportive environment in which you can connect with others facing similar losses.

Survivors of Suicide
1st & 3rd Thursday Evenings
For people healing from the death of a loved one by suicide. In this group, members will share their grief and develop strategies for coping with their loss.

Un Año Para Vivir
Comenzando Janurary 4, 2018
Cómo sería sí usted solamente tuvíera un año para vívír?  Está ínteresado en enriquecer su vída personal, y saborear cada momento de la vída?  Juntos vívíremos este año como si fuera el últímo.

Date 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:

  • Books: See HSB's Amazon Wish List for details
  • (Catered) Dinner for 35 parents and children on Wed. nights for our Parenting After Loss group running September - March.
  • 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 Program
  • Grocery store and gas gift cards
  • Bakery gift certificates (Our families celebrate birthdays and death anniversaries of their loved ones who have died)

Thank You!

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

Thank you to Mary Ransom, MFT for leading a discussion on loss, grief and hope for last month's
 Learn at Lunch.

Thank you to Marilee Zdenek for leading "A Love Letter to the Future" workshop.

Thank you to Amanda Oh for donating frozen yogurt gift cards for our I Have A Friend Program.