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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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As the holidays draw near, many of us look forward to the moments when we gather around the Thanksgiving table and participate in beloved traditions with family and close friends.
But for many families in our community, it can be difficult to experience the joy of the holiday season when their loved ones have passed away.

As 2017 comes to a close, I encourage you to be a light to those experiencing loss. As I reflect back on the year, I am truly grateful for the opportunities Hospice of Santa Barbara has had to serve families going through serious illnesses or the death of loved ones.

I am also thankful for the opportunity we have to host our annual Light Up A Life tree-lighting ceremonies on Dec. 2 in Santa Barbara, Dec. 3 in Goleta, and Dec. 9 in Carpinteria. During this wonderful, heartwarming event, we take this time to remember and honor family members and friends who are no longer with us.

On behalf of everyone here at Hospice of Santa Barbara, I thank you, our supporters, for your continued generosity and dedication to helping those in need.

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.

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"Are You There? I Feel You Watching" and "Mature Questions Fall Like Ashes" 
Two Poems by Catlin Rockman

Catlin Rockman is a fine art painter with more than 25 gallery exhibitions under her belt. Since moving from Boston in 2016, she has focused on writing, making new friends, and appreciating the bounty of the region every day. In February last year, both her mother and mother in-law died. One day apart. Santa Barbara hospice has been her rock, and a source of abiding nourishment. It's here, in Perie Longo's wonderful group, that Catlin began writing poetry to explore her grief.

Click here  to read Catlin's poems and learn how you can join the "Healing Through Poetry" group.
Grieving Through the Holidays

Holidays are often a time of emotional ups and downs, especially for those who are grieving. During the holiday season we grieve not only for our loved one who has died, but also for the special moments of our life with them, including holiday celebrations. On top of this, the expectation to feel joyful during the holiday season can increase our distress or lead to feeling isolated from our friends and family. 

  Click here for our holiday grief survival tips.

Upcoming Events

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Holiday Workshops require pre-registration. No drop-ins please.
For more information call (805) 563-8820

Young Adult Holiday Workshop 
December 4th 6 - 7:30pm

This workshop is for young adults, ages 19-30, who have experiened the death of a loved one and would like support during the holiday season. The workshop will consist of a group discussion and the creation of a seasonal memento in honor of their loved one.

First Holiday for Families
Wednesday, December 6th
5:30 - 7:00 pm
This workshop is for families with children who will be experiencing their first holiday  without their loved one. In this workshop, your family will create and decorate an ornament  in honor of your family member who died this year.

Primeros dias festivos para familias 
Miercoles, Deciembre 6
5:30 - 7:00pm

Este taller es para familias con niños que por primera vez pasarán los días festivos sin  su persona querida. Tendrán la oportunidad de crear y decorar un adorno o esfera en  honor a su ser querido.

Nuevos Caminos 
Jueves 7 de Diciembre 5:30 - 7:00pm
En nuestro seminario "Nuevos Caminos - exploraremos la manera en que puede hacer  estos dias mas faciles mientras usted recuerda a su persona querida. Usted tendra  la oportunidad de decorar una esfera en honor a su ser querido.

 Support Groups
Pet Loss 
Wednesday Afternoons | Jan. 10 - Jan. 31
The unconditional love, companionship and joy our pets bring us is priceless. Equally hard is the heartache, loss and emptiness we feel when we lose our animal companion.

Widow/Widowers Support Group 
1st & 3rd Thursday Afternoons OR
2nd & 4th Monday Evenings
We offer day and evening support groups 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.

Share Our Spirit

The best year-end giving plans make a difference in the lives of others and can improve your own financial and/or tax situation - often right away. Consider an immediate gift, a direct transfer of an appreciated asset, or a gift from your individual retirement account.

Visit our website at www.HSBgift.org  to research the ways you can help Share Our Spirit with a year-end gift. Ready to talk now? Please contact our Planned Giving Officer, Judy Goodbody at (805) 563-8820 ext. 124 or email JGoodbody@HospiceofSB.org
Help Fulfill Our Wish List:

  • Books: See HSB's Amazon Wish List for details
  • Gift certificates for ice cream or frozen yogurt, movie passes, museum passes and Zodo's Bowling passes for 'I Have a Friend' Program
  • Massage gift certificates for our clients
  • Grocery store and gas gift cards
  • Bakery gift certificates (Our families celebrate birthdays and death anniversaries of their loved ones)
Thank You!

Thank you to Gary Simpson and the entire staff of Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center for hosting HSB's Round-up Campaign for the second time and raising $10,000 in total!

Thank you to Yoga Soup for their ongoing support to HSB staff.

Thank you to Valerie Banks, April Medina-Watson, and Megan Turley from the Dream Foundation and its Flower Empower Program for being October's Learn @ Lunch speakers.

Thank you to Via Maestro 42, Gelson's, Eric Geeb of Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club and Mark Romasanta of Harbor View Inn for donating wonderful items to HSB's Volunteer Holiday Party.

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