At last, spring has sprung! It’s at this time of the year that we celebrate the season of new life.

After a particularly trying winter, it’s encouraging to see flowers start to open and the rains replenish our beautiful Santa Barbara hillsides.

But for many families, it’s difficult to feel a sense of renewal, especially for those who have lost a loved one or are counting every last minute with a beloved family member or friend.

Our Hospice of Santa Barbara staff and volunteers strive to help patients and their families find hope, even in the midst of loss. We’re here if you need assistance with finding a support group or accessing our host of other services. And perhaps just as importantly, we invite those with a passion for caregiving to consider signing up for one of our two upcoming volunteer programs, I Have A Friend and Compassionate Care of Carpinteria Volunteer Training.

We hope that with the arrival of this new season, you’ll welcome all the blessings and opportunities that come with it.  
Give a Gift to the Families of the Mudslide Victims
We are currently collecting gift cards to Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Target or any other home goods stores for familie s of mudslide victims to furnish their new homes. Please help us make bring this small bit of joy to families who have lost so much. You can drop them off to our office or send them via mail.
The Emperor of All Maladies, by Pamela Emerson
Pamela Emerson moved from Cambridge, MA to Santa Barbara in 2009, after retiring from her work with keyboard musical instruments: restoring, tuning and maintaining pianos, harpsichords, and antique pianos. She now spends much of her time painting and has shown her watercolors at the Faulkner Gallery. She loves walking, biking and hiking in our beautiful town, and most of all, spending time with both of her sons.
The Cure, by Albert Huffstickler
Born in 1927, Albert Huffstickler enjoyed a lifelong career penning influential poetry renown in the Austin, Texas community and international small press scene. He founded the Hyde Park Poets Series, sponsored various workshops and presented numerous readings before his passing in 2002. Huffstickler was also the recipient of the Austin Book Award for his book, “Walking Wounded,” in 1989.
Support Groups 
Each support group is free of charge. Participants must
pre-register to attend by calling Hospice of Santa Barbara at (805) 563-8820.
Healing the Loss of an Adult Child
Dates TBD
In our support group, Healing the Loss of an Adult Child, parents who’ve lost a child will learn techniques for coping with their grief. They’ll also find comfort in sharing their experiences with others.
Evening Widow/Widower Group
Dates TBD
Losing a spouse is an unimaginable loss that many couples face in their lifetime. If you have lost a spouse or partner or know someone who has, we hope you will consider joining this ongoing support group.
Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for patient care volunteers in the Carpinteria area! If you have a desire to give back to the community and a passion for hospice work, please submit a volunteer application.
Volunteer Mentors Wanted - I Have a Friend Program
Events in the Community
Alliance for Living and Dying Well's "GET IT DONE TODAY!"
April 26, 10am - 2pm

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well , in partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library and Cottage Health , will host their sixth annual Get It Done Today! – a FREE event to help people complete their   advance health care directive. The GIDT event will have all the materials you need, plus professional facilitators, notaries and trained volunteers onsite to assist with theprocess.  Appointments are required.   Click here for more information.
Living Well with Parkinson's
April 28, 9am - 3pm

This annual educational event is open to the public and professionals are also encouraged to attend. The symposium features physicians who are involved in cutting edge research related to diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s. Pre-registration required. Click here to register and for more information.
Communicating with Dementia Patients
May 31, 2 - 4pm
Friendship Center and Vista Del Monte present this talk on communication with dementia patients. Dementia care consultant, Jackie Marston, and neurologist Robert Harbaugh will discuss changes in the brain affecting communication and how to bridge the gap. Broaden and refine your knowledge, perspective, and caregiver skills with experts in the field of dementia and memory care. Registration is required.   Please contact Luciana at 805 969-0859 to register.
Knowledge Library
HSB is pleased to announce the launch of its Knowledge Library, a webpage dedicated to providing helpful information for our patients and community members. Please click the button below to
browse through our resources.
Thank You!
  • Thank you to Yoga Soup for their ongoing support to HSB staff
  • Thank you to Whole Foods for their weekly donation of flower bouquets to our clients.
Help Fulfill Our Wish List

  • Gift cards to Michael's for Children and Family Services' therapeutic art projects 
  • 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 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) 563-8820