Our Mission: To care for anyone experiencing the impact 
of a life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one.
The holidays are a time filled with tradition.  This December, Hospice of Santa Barbara will host a Santa Barbara community tradition - the 32nd Annual Light Up A Life celebrations.  We invite families and friends to gather in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria, to hang a personalized tribute to those they hold dear in our hearts and celebrate the lives and memories of their loved ones.  We will reflect on the past and look to the future.  We will recall those who have walked this journey with us.  As we hang our stars, we will bring life to our memories.
Please join us for one or more of our Light Up A Life ceremonies.  All ceremonies begin at 5:30 pm rain or shine.

November is Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month
The sibling relationship is the longest relationship we will experience in life. These relationships shape us and make us the people we become. Growing together with your siblings you will experience more life experiences with them than any other relationship you have and you discover the similarities you share and the unique differences between you.

When a sibling passes, the surviving siblings not only grieve for the loss of their loved one but also experience a loss of self. Often siblings become a neglected group of grievers, usually becoming secondary grievers to parents.

Hospice of Santa Barbara offers a unique support group dedicated to provide comfort and healing to adults grieving the death of a sibling. This time limited group begins November 18th, 2015 and runs through January 20th, 2016. For more information or to register, please call 805-563-8820. Pre-registration is required.
Last Quarter
H ospice of Santa Barbara provided to our community free of charge:
  • 957 individual counseling sessions to adults, children and teens grieving the death of a loved one,
  • 502 care management and spiritual care visits to patients and their families impacted by a life threatening illness,
  • Performed 753 hours of volunteer service to support those in need.
So how does HSB provide all services free of charge to our community?
Although HSB has an endowment which distributes funds annually to cover administrative costs, HSB stills needs to raise over $1.3 million to cover its annual operating expenses.  We work diligently throughout the year to fundraise through special events, annual giving, and planned giving.  However, we are especially grateful to our individual donors.   Whether from a person who supports the mission of Hospice of Santa Barbara or a client who recently received our services, all donations are greatly appreciated.  Here are some words of thanks from our donors.
We so value the service you provide to our community and the comfort you provide to families.
-Community member
If my husband and I were billionaires, the enclosed would be several million, for Hospice is one of our favorite non-profits.  How could it not be?  We are all going to die, and is there one person alive who wants to die alone and in pain?  Thank you for your good work.
-Community member
A deep hearted thank you to Virgina Moreno (counselor) for giving me amazing direction that will resonate for me for the rest of my life.
-Recent client
No One Dies Alone Is Back!
After a brief hiatus for revitalization of the program, HSB's No One Dies Alone (NODA) program is back serving our community.  NODA volunteers are specially trained volunteers that provide a reassuring presence to actively dying patients who would otherwise be alone. NODA Volunteers provide patients with that most valuable of human gifts:  a dignified and compassionate death.  Hospice of Santa Barbara collaborates with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care to serve patients at Villa Alamar, Heritage House and Buena Vista Care Center.

Upcoming Events
Art Opening Reception 
November 4th, 5:30-7:00pm
"Given to the Light"
Solo exhibition by  Susan Savage -  Leigh Block Gallery at  Hospice of Santa Barbara
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Community Five Wishes Workshop
The Alliance for Living and Dying Well offers free community workshops to facilitate end-of-life discussion and assistance in completing advanced health care directives.  Workshops are offered the third Thursday of each month at HSB. 
To register, please call 805-845-5314.
Ongoing Support Groups
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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Fall Support Groups
Healing the Loss of an Adult Child
Tuesdays, November 10th - January 19th
Losing an adult child is a unique, life-changing event.  Join other parents in navigating the journey of grief and healing.
Adults Grieving the Death of a Sibling
Wednesday, November 18th - January 20th
When a sibling dies, the world changes in a heartbeat.  This bereavement group of surviving siblings will provide support and comfort.
Each participant must complete registration with HSB prior to group participation.  To register, please contact the intake coordinator at 805-563-8820.
Spotlight on Community Resource

Easy Lift Transportation has been mobilizing south Santa Barbara County since 1979. They offer many resources to the community including Dial-A-Ride (DAR) services for community members unable to drive or take the MTD bus due to physical or cognitive impairment, Children's Accessible Transportation (CAT) for youth and teen programs that do not have transportation to programing around town, Non-Emergency Accessible Transportation (NEAT) for low-income Medi-Cal recipients and Greatest Generation Accessible Transportation (GGAT) for senior serving organizations requiring group transport. 
Easy Lift's mission is to fulfil the community's need for specialized transportation to allow individuals and organizations access to essential programs and services. B ecause transportation provides the independence vital to maintaining quality of life, Easy Lift continually strives to expand its service to meet the unmet and growing needs of our community.
For more information check out their website www.easylift.org

Contact Us
Hospice of Santa Barbara
2050 Alameda Padre Serra
Ste. 100
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone: (805) 563-8820
Fax: (805) 563-8821

Email: info@hospiceofsb.org

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