July is in full bloom and despite the recent heatwave, we’re happy to see families spend more time together during these summer months off.

We also want families to be aware that children’s counseling services are available through the summer.  

In this age of ever-evolving social media, and the dissemination of tragic news headlines that seem to pervade the Internet, students have a lot to deal with, not to mention staying on top of their classes, extracurricular activities, applying to colleges, and the general stresses that come with being a teen in the 21 st century.

For many students, these stressors are the cause of much pent-up anxiety that isn’t always addressed.

That’s why Hospice of Santa Barbara has counselors on hand at eleven local junior high and high school campuses throughout the county . This service supports students facing the death of a loved one or other traumatic situations and helps address and eliminate self-destructive behaviors.

Our goal is for your child to live the best life possible, and to know that Hospice of Santa Barbara will always be here for support.

We wish everyone a healthy, happy rest of July.
"The Festival Gate," by Maggie Crouch
"...a party, with laughter
joy unbounded as you rise
higher and higher
reaching the sun
no longer constricted by time..."
As her late husband David looked for rhythm in color and line in his paintings,
Margaret Crouch uses the rhythm of language to create lyric poetry.
"When Breath Becomes Air,"
a book review by HSB staff member Nelson Hayashida
“You that seek what life is in death,
Now find it air that once was breath.
New names unknown, old names gone:
Till time and bodies, but souls none.
   Reader! Then make time, while you be,
   But steps to your eternity.”

-Baron Brooke Fulke Greville, “Caelica 83”
Nelson Hayashida has served as a Spiritual Care Counselor at HSB since June 2015. He moved to Santa Barbara from Pennsylvania in 2014 to take up the position of Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Westmont College. He completed a yearlong residency in Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) at Stanford University Medical Center/Palo Alto Veterans Administration Healthcare System in Palo Alto and another yearlong residency in C.P.E. at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has had an enduring fascination with dreams and visions and their religious or spiritual implications for healing and growth.
Support Groups 
These groups offer an opportunity for you to connect with individuals facing your same situation. All support groups are co-facilitated by licensed professional and peer counselors. 

Pre-group assessments are required prior to attending. No drop-ins please. You may inquire online or by calling our intake coordinator at (805) 563-8820.
Men's Grief and Spirituality Group
Pet Loss Group
Wednesdays, August 15 - September 19
Join other men who are searching for meaning in the midst of their loss and find creative outlets for working through grief.
Tuesdays, September 4 - 25
In our Pet Loss Support Group, pet owners will share their experience with others who've recently lost a special member of their families .
Art Reception - Randy VanderMey
Randall VanderMey, PhD., resisted taking photos for over 40 years until he discovered that with iPhone photography he could write poetry in a new medium. His daily postings of art photography and accompanying poems can be seen on his Instagram page, @rvandermey. He has taught literature and writing at Westmont College for the past 28 years. His wife, Dana VanderMey, served as director of volunteers for HSB for 17 years. Randy and Dana are legacy members of the HSB “Shining Light” Society. 25% of sales from this art reception benefi­t Hospice of Santa Barbara.
"I Have A Friend" Program
Navigate Your Future
To learn more about planning your will or trust, contact Judy Goodbody, Planned Giving Officer, at (805) 563-8820 ext. 109 or jgoodbody@hospiceofsb.org    
Thank You!
  • Thank you to Dream Foundation's Flower Empower program for the flower bouquets and succulent arrangements they handcrafted for HSB's clients.
  • 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 Bed Bath & Beyond/Amazon/Target (home goods stores) for family of mudslide victims to furnish new homes
  • 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  
  • Grocery store, gas gift cards, and 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) 563-8821