Perspectives on Men's Grief and Spirituality  

"For men, grief is a low blow.  It feels like an illegal hit.  It attacks our iconic male 'warrior values' - control, bravado, invincibility," writes Nelson Hayashida, our Spiritual Care Counselor who will lead our Men's Grief & Spirituality group, which runs April 3-May 8. Read his reflection on his father's death and how men grieve.  
Patrice's Poem

On the anniversary of her son's death - which happened to be the night of the Super Moon in Fall 2016 - Patrice Handley wrote this poem while sitting under the oak tree where his ashes are buried. She participates in our "Healing Through Poetry" group.  Read her poem: My Man-In-The-Moon.  
The late Gail Rink, my friend and former Executive Director of Hospice of Santa Barbara used to say, "What is needed in this country is a 'paradigm shift' in our approach to facing and talking about death. She was all about 'having the conversation' and having it early and often.

It seems odd for us to ignore when we consider that death is something each of us will experience. Read more about the ways Hospice of Santa Barbara brings death safely into the open through various platforms and activities in my column recently featured in Voice Magazine.
Mentors Needed for 'I Have a Friend' Program

Hospice of Santa Barbara is seeking volunteers to make a difference in a child's life by joining the "I Have A Friend®" Mentor Program. Mentor volunteers are adults who experienced the death of a parent or sibling as a child and are trained and matched with children who have recently experienced a similar loss. Mentors help a child to heal, thrive and feel "normal" again.

Training takes place over two consecutive Saturdays.

Date : Saturday, May 6 and 13, 2017  

Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara 93103
For more information and a mentor application, please visit or contact Nicole Romasanta, Director of Volunteer Services, at (805) 563-8820.
To share this information with a friend who may be interested, send them this link.
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 21
1-2 p.m. 
Join us for an open discussion of end of life matters in the comfort of a warm, understanding, non-lecturing group setting. These conversations occur every third Tuesday of the month.

Saturday, April 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Carpinteria Open Streets
Come visit us at Carpinteria Open Streets as the city closes Linden Avenue to cars to offer the community a wide range of free family-oriented activities to promote better health, flexibility and fun. 
Friday, April 21
Learn at Lunch
On the third Friday of each month for "HSB Learn at Lunch," we host an informal series of community educational events to deepen our knowledge of issues related to our work.
April will feature Luciana Mitzkun, Family Services Director at Friendship Center, who will discuss
"End-of-Life Services for Patients with Dementia and their Caregivers."
Attendees are welcome to bring lunches.  No RSVP necessary. 

Thank You!

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

Gunther Zweimuller at Cloud 10 Jump Club for donated passes to our I Have a Friend® program

Jim Dougherty, Brandon Mowery and Daniel Ramirez at the Lobero Theatre for donating tickets and coordinating an I Have a Friend® Event to see "It's Magic" (they also included ice cream and pizza)

Dr. Michael Kearney for his Learn at Lunch presentation last month. Watch it here.

Terri Bailey for co-facilitating the Healing the Loss of an Adult Child Group and helping with the Year to Live group.  

Support Groups
Healing through Poetry
Monday Afternoons

Healing of the Loss of an Adult Child
Tuesday Afternoons 
Survivors of Suicide
1st and 3rd Thursday 
evenings of the month
Widow/Widowers Support Group  
2nd, 4th Monday (evening)
1st, 3rd Thursday (Daytime)

Living with Loss (Pregnancy/Infant Loss)
1st and 3rd Monday Evenings 

Healing the Loss of a Loved One
2nd and 4th Tuesday Evenings

Men's Grief & Spirituality
Monday Mornings
10 a.m. -12 p.m.
April 3 - May 8

Mindfulness for Healing
Tuesday Mornings
Feb.21 - April 24

Parenting After Loss (PAL)
April 5 - May 24

HSB Supports Teens
HSB provides free professional bereavement counseling in all local high schools. Please call Michael Cruse for more info. 

All groups are free of charge, but require pre-registration as space is limited. To register, please call (805) 563-8820, ext 110. 
Support Hospice of
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