Hospice of Santa Barbara Offers Tips on Talking to Children about Tragedies like the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Santa Barbara, Calif., October 3, 2017 – In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday night, Hospice of Santa Barbara believes that the most important service they could provide locally is to provide guidance about how parents and teachers can speak to children about the senseless violence.

“In times like these, it’s more important than ever that we don’t shut down and desensitize ourselves to horrific unacceptable acts of violence,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “It is especially important that kids are allowed to process and express their feelings and not repress them.”

Hospice of Santa Barbara is available for anyone struggling to understand this tragedy for themselves or to help assist in explain it to their children.

Here are some tips provided by the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) at USC that can be incredibly helpful when talking to your child about what they’ve seen in the news:

  •  Be honest. Don’t mislead your children or give them false information “for their own good.” The details that you give should correspond to how old your child is. The older they are, the more details they may need to properly cope with or understand the situation. You may want to consider temporarily shutting off the Internet and TV, lest they unnecessarily see graphic images of the incident.
     
  • Let your kids know that their feelings are normal. They might feel helpless now; but this can give a way for you to teach your child about the importance of safety, tolerance, and acceptance, all of which are key to a more peaceful world.
     
  • There is no justification for the shooter’s violent actions, period. What you can tell your child is that it is never okay to act violently or take out one’s anger in this manner, and that all lives are precious.
     
  • Remember that it is okay for your child to ask questions; staying silent won’t make the problem disappear. The most important thing you can do is to make your child feel safe, reassured, understood, and loved.
     
  • If you find that your child is upset for several days and unable to shake their fear, or if he/she is having trouble in school or at home, consider consulting with Hospice of Santa Barbara for possible counseling or other assistance. For more advice from the NCSCB, go to www.schoolcrisiscenter.org. To learn more about Hospice of Santa Barbara, call at 805.563.8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

Hospice of Santa Barbara offers counseling services for children and their families at no cost. But the organization also urge parents to begin the healing process at home, as necessary, by speaking to their children honestly and thoughtfully about the Las Vegas tragedy.

About Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a serious illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on six local high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

Hospice of Santa Barbara Introduces: Death & Cupcakes

An Open Discussion of End of Life Matters in a Warm, Understanding, Non-lecturing Setting

Santa Barbara, Calif., Feb. 28, 2017— The topic of death seems to be a cultural taboo in the United States and Hospice of Santa Barbara aims to change that.

“It does seem counterproductive for us to ignore when we consider that death is something that each of us will experience,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara.  “Our denial, difficulty and fear around the conversation of death—what it means to us to age and eventually die, how best to prepare, what we want our family and friends to know about our final wishes—makes an already painful and challenging event that much harder.”

In light of this, Hospice of Santa Barbara is hosting an open dialogue every third Tuesday of the month called Death and Cupcakes. Attendees discuss death and celebrate life in a comfortable and welcoming setting, and yes, homemade cupcakes and coffee are provided for guests to enjoy.

In the spirit of Death Cafes and Death Over Dinner, this gathering is a group-directed discussion of end-of-life issues. This is not a support group or educational seminar. The aim is to talk openly about death, enhance life, and of course, eat cake.

The conversation is held on the third Tuesday of every month from 1-2 p.m. at Hospice of Santa Barbara, located at 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100. The next discussion will take place on March 21. All community members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring their questions, curiosity, and tender hearts.

The objective is to raise awareness through open conversation about a topic that remains, for many, off limits.

“At Hospice, we think it’s our duty to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their lives,” said Selberg.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides, at no cost, professional counseling and patient care services to people who are experiencing the impact of a serious illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on six local high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

Hospice of Santa Barbara Offers Support to Those Grieving During Holidays

          

South Coast, CA, November 14, 2016— Remember and honor someone you miss this holiday season.  Hospice of Santa Barbara invites the entire community to its 33rd annual Light Up A Life tree lighting ceremonies to share a sense of joy and solidarity during the holidays.

The free ceremonies will feature special guests, entertainment, and the lighting of a Memorial tree with hundreds of sparkling lights and stars, each symbolizing a tribute to a loved one. Stars are available online and will also be available at each ceremony for a suggested donation of $15 or more for those wishing to personalize a star and hang it on the tree. All proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara.  

Dates and Locations

Sat., December 3rd, 5:30 p.m. – Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara

Sun., December 4th, 5:30 p.m. – Camino Real Marketplace, Storke & Marketplace Drive, Goleta

Sat., December 10th, 5:30 p.m. – Seal Fountain at Linden Plaza, Linden Avenue, Carpinteria

To purchase a star or for more information, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides, at no cost, professional counseling and patient care services to people who are experiencing the impact of a serious illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on local high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.  

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Children’s Services Brings Needed Grief Care When it’s Needed Most

                 

Nov. 11, 2016, Santa Barbara, CA— Serious illness, death and grief are a natural part of life, and getting through it with Hospice of Santa Barbara can help us hold onto cherished memories and reflect positively on the grieving process. In our community, one in five children will experience the death of someone close to them.  By the age of 18, one in 20 will lose one or both parents. Hospice of Santa Barbara’s (HSB) Children & Family Services proudly provides children’s counseling, programs and outreach designed to provide compassionate care and bereavement services through these difficult time – all at no cost to clients.

Counseling

Counseling for children and their families doesn’t have to be a recollection of negative thoughts and feelings. At Hospice of Santa Barbara, toddlers, children and their families find a safe space to begin to heal and interact with others who have gone through similar ordeals. The cornerstone of the program is HSB’s commitment to children and their parents.

Children and teens can develop skills from support groups that allow them to cope with their losses though therapeutic games, art, crafts and music. The skills they learn will leave them feeling cared for, nurtured and more empowered. Parents can also share their issues and concerns in a private environment that provides comfort, common purpose and the tools needed to support family relationships.  Bereavement services include Individual and group counseling as well as family counseling sessions.

I Have a Friend

One very unique and successful children’s program at Hospice of Santa Barbara is a mentor program called “I Have a Friend.” It was created by former Hospice of Santa Barbara Executive Director the late Gail Rink after she overheard a young boy, who had recently lost his father, speaking to his mother. He asked her, “Will I ever feel normal again?” Gail had the spark of an idea and the mentor program was formed.

A trained adult mentor who experienced the death of a parent or sibling when they were young is matched with a child newly coping with a similar death. The similar journey creates a special companionship with someone who truly understands the loss and related issues and obstacles that may come about as a result of the death. Their common experience can lead to communication and insights that may not be possible with family members or friends.

The benefits are two-fold as the mentor him/herself may discover and address their own unresolved issues of grief during the training process.

I Have a Friend mentors are living proof to grieving children that there will be hope, happiness and wholeness, and that they will be “normal” again. These relationships often last for years, even after they ‘graduate’ from the program.  A normal week is a 2 hour visit that includes an outing or walk with the mentor and the child.

Youth Outreach in Local Schools

Hospice of Santa Barbara has a weekly presence at high schools in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta and even the Santa Ynez Valley.

We provide individual counseling and peer support groups at many local public high school campuses continuously throughout each school year.   HSB conducts its service on schools campuses because this population is not able to access counseling at our office and because the school sites are where we can best offer the support group modality. 

We also provide debriefing and time limited peer group support to any requesting local school experiencing a death of a student or faculty.

Through these partnerships, school counselors will identify and refer students to HSB for bereavement counseling – a therapeutic assistance toward coping with issues of grief and/or mortality. These students may have experienced the death of family members or friends, have loved ones who have been diagnosed with a serious illnesses or may be experiencing illnesses themselves.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides, at no cost, professional counseling and patient care services to those who are experiencing the impact of a series illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on local school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

Community Joins Together for Hospice of Santa Barbara Light Up A Life Ceremonies

     

Community members hang stars in remembrance of loved ones during Light Up A Life.

Community members hang stars in remembrance of loved ones during Light Up A Life.

South Coast, CA, Dec. 2016— The community joined together over the weekend to honor the loved ones they miss this holiday season during Hospice of Santa Barbara’s 33rd annual Light Up A Life (LUAL) tree lighting ceremonies in Santa Barbara and Goleta. The final LUAL ceremony of the year will be held in Carpinteria Dec. 10.

Hundreds participated in the community gatherings at Casa de la Guerra in Santa Barbara and Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.  

The free ceremonies feature special guests, entertainment, and the lighting of a Memorial tree at each location with hundreds of sparkling lights and stars, each symbolizing a tribute to a loved one. Stars are available online and are also available at the ceremonies for a suggested donation of $15 for those wishing to personalize a star and hang it on the tree. All proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara.

The remaining 2016 LUAL ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 10th, 5:30 p.m. at the Seal Fountain in Linden Plaza, Linden Avenue, Carpinteria.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides, at no cost, professional counseling and patient care services to people who are experiencing the impact of a serious illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on local high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.  

Día de los Muertos Tradition Observed by Hospice of Santa Barbara

Community Members Create Traditional Latin American
Altar/Memorial at Hospice of Santa Barbara

Día de los Muertos altar on display at Hospice of Santa Barbara

Día de los Muertos altar on display at Hospice of Santa Barbara

 

Santa Barbara, CA, Nov. 2, 2016Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) joined with community members to create a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar/memorial to honor all those who have died.

The memorial at the HSB offices -- 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100, in Santa Barbara – features “ofrendas” (offerings) such as bread, sugar skulls, figurines, incense and yellow marigolds. Many of the offerings are very personal, such as photographs of the deceased and their favorite foods and flowers.

Community members are welcome to add to the memorial, which will be available at the HSB office through Friday Nov. 4. HSB is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides, at no cost, professional counseling and patient care services to people who are experiencing the impact of a serious illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on six local high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

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Eric Bowers Appointed to HSB Board of Directors

                               Eric Bowers

                               Eric Bowers

Santa Barbara, CA, Oct. 28, 2016 — Hospice of Santa Barbara is proud to introduce its new Board of Directors Chairman, Eric Bowers, who brings years of experience in the law field.

Eric is Director of Legal, GTM and Corporate Governance for Sonos, Inc., where he assists all departments with their corporate and commercial contract needs, with a particular emphasis on Marketing, Sales and the Americas region. Based in Santa Barbara, Sonos develops a smart system of HiFi wireless speakers and audio components.

Eric previously served as an Associate Attorney at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, where he practiced Business and Securities law with a focus on venture capital financing. In addition to serving on the HSB Board of Directors, he is acting Secretary and Counsel for Unite to Light.

Eric earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2008 from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Molecular and Cell Biology in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley.  

"I look forward to furthering the unique and critical mission of Hospice of Santa Barbara to care for anyone experiencing the impact of life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one," said Eric.

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) offers compassionate, professional counseling, support groups and care management free of charge for those experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one. HSB provides a wide range of bereavement services, wherever and whenever they’re needed, to patients, children, families and Spanish speakers. For more information about HSB’s programs and community education efforts, call (805) 563-8820 or visit hospiceofsantabarbara.org

Hospice of Santa Barbara Presents Fourth Annual Heroes of Hospice Awards and this Year’s Recipients

Santa Barbara, CA, August 12, 2016 — Hospice of Santa Barbara will recognize its 2016 Heroes of Hospice in three categories: Partnership, Legacy and Volunteer.

Each year, HSB honors the outstanding community volunteers and supporters who play a vital role in its mission to provide care for anyone experiencing the impact of life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one. The Heroes of Hospice luncheon recognizes the incredible people who have demonstrated compassionate dedication to the service of HSB’s clients.

HSB invites the community to join them at the luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at The Fess Parker, 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, in recognition of the “Heroes.”

Call (805) 563-8820 or email info@hospiceofsb.org for more info.

As of September 7th, tickets will only be available at the door. 

 

Partnership Award: DASH (Doctors Assisting Seniors At Home)

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Back row, L to R: Dr. Michael Bordofsky, DASH co-founder; Dr. Eric Trautwein, DASH co-founder; Dr. Dennis Baker, DASH co-founder.

Front row, L to R: Tara Sanchez, Medical Assistant; Jeanne West, Enrollment Coordinator; Ellie Melton, Nurse Practitioner; Carolynn Allen, Nurse.

Offering on-call, rapid response medical care throughout Santa Barbara and Goleta, DASH (Doctors Assisting Seniors at Home) has cut the number of costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations for its nearly 2,000 clients by more than 30 percent.

DASH’s team of nurses and physicians is available Monday through Saturday to respond to the homes of seniors from Santa Barbara to Goleta, usually arriving within hours. These seniors are often too ill to wait for an office visit or appointment or too weak to get there. DASH team members will also communicate closely with a client’s primary care providers.

DASH is offered for a modest monthly fee, or free-of-charge for seniors living in low-income housing or receiving Medi-Cal or Section 8 housing assistance, putting it within reach of the most vulnerable residents. For more information, call 805-617-0049.

Legacy Award: Dana VanderMey

Over her 17 years at Hospice of Santa Barbara, Dana VanderMey co-created the now instrumental Patient Care Services department from scratch, trained more than 400 volunteers and cared for patients and families experiencing terminal illness.

Dana’s father Malcolm Peattie, the HSB Board of Directors President in the early ‘80s, introduced her to the organization and told her about an open position. As HSB’s RN Case Manager, Dana supported terminally ill patients and their families. It’s here she learned about the important role families play in a patient’s support system and cherished being invited into these bonds.

She worked at Hospice of Santa Barbara until 1989, only to return in 2001 as the director of volunteers. Dana used her experience as a nurse to train hundreds of volunteers over the years. Today, the Patient Care Services program has multiple divisions and is a key to delivering clients with the care they need.

Dana retired from Hospice of Santa Barbara in 2013 and is currently working on her life book, “No, But Thanks for Asking.”

Volunteer Award: Muriel Ross, Joe Jowell, Ann Smithcors

Joe Jowell

Joe began volunteering at Hospice of Santa Barbara in 1981. Having experienced the death of his wife in 1974, he felt a strong connection with clients and has learned many things about pain, loss and acceptance. 

He sees HSB as a way to open the door for the taboo subject of death and grieving, as well as encouraging terminally ill people to seek assistance and not shy away from others due to their condition.

Muriel Ross

Having volunteered at Hospice of Santa Barbara for 37 years, Muriel Ross can’t imagine anything else she’d rather do. She truly enjoys caring for her patients by taking them to run errands and have fun.

Originally from Canada, Muriel studied Registered Nursing. She later attended graduate school and earned a post-graduate degree in Psychiatry. As a nurse, she worked at a hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the majority of her career. Moving with her husband to Santa Barbara in 1964, Muriel spent time volunteering in home care as well as Serenity House.

Ann Smithcors

Caring for others is sewn into Ann Smithcors’ DNA. The daughter of a nurse, Ann helped her grandfather -- a doctor -- treat patients while growing up in England. Ann went on to become a nurse and midwife, and she continued her nursing career after moving to America in 1960.

After retiring in the early 1980s, Ann started volunteering at Hospice of Santa Barbara. Volunteering allowed her to do something she had always wanted: to spend time with patients and their families. She has been volunteering for 34 years, doing anything with clients from caroling around the holidays, preparing tea or simply sitting with them to hold hands.

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) offers compassionate, professional counseling, support groups and care management free of charge for those experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one. HSB provides a wide range of bereavement services, wherever and whenever they’re needed, to patients, children, families and Spanish speakers. For more information about HSB’s programs and community education efforts, call (805) 563-8820 or visit hospiceofsantabarbara.org

Local Artist Gary Chafe Exhibition to Benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara

Art exhibition to feature oil paintings and monotypes; open house reception May 11

West Canon Perdido St. Palm by artist Gary Chafe

West Canon Perdido St. Palm by artist Gary Chafe

April 25, 2016, Santa Barbara, CA— Hospice of Santa Barbara welcomes local artist Gary Chafe, who will display his art at the Leigh Block Gallery located inside Hospice of Santa Barbara -- 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara – beginning May 11 with an open house reception.

Most of the artwork in Chafe’s exhibit was created prior to his diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia, a neurological disorder that affects movements and presents neuropsychiatric symptoms. With his work, Chafe depicts scenes of Santa Barbara landscapes, cityscapes, personal experiences and the town’s personalities through monotype prints and oil paintings.

“Before his diagnosis, he would create art almost every day. He never held a typical day job” said Chafe’s daughter, Maya. “His masterwork was in monotypes. He has done hundreds of monotypes. He’s an artistic autodidact.”

Born on Sept. 1, 1937, in Los Angeles, Chafe moved to Santa Barbara as a child with his family and has formed strong artistic roots within the community. He is known for being one of the founding artists of the YES pop-up store, for his civic engagement and the wide range within his artmaking, including lost wax cast jewelry, sculptures in bronze and stone, and skills in graphic design.

Chafe is entirely self-educated in art history and has studied art with Charles Atkinson at Santa Barbara City College. Chafe also taught at local schools and adult education in Santa Barbara. He owned “The First Press” on Carrillo Street, offering print making services and later, a gallery. His art is featured in many art collections, including Phoenix Art Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Chafe continues to reside in Santa Barbara while in transitional hospice care, along with assistance from his daughter. He continues to be a well regarded artist in the Santa Barbara area.

On Wednesday, May 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hospice of Santa Barbara will host a wine and hors d’oeuvres open house reception for the new exhibit. The exhibit runs until July 29.

Chafe will donate 25% of the proceeds from his art sales to Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc., a volunteer hospice organization. You can schedule a viewing of the exhibit by calling (805) 563-8820.

Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services those who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on local school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

Hospice of Santa Barbara Welcomes Local Artist Jim Hill’s Solo Exhibition

Local artist and retired bereavement counselor Jim Hill’s solo art exhibition at
Hospice of Santa Barbara on display until April 29

Hospice of Santa Barbara CEO David Selberg (left) and local artist Jim Hill at the opening of Hill’s solo art exhibition

Hospice of Santa Barbara CEO David Selberg (left) and local artist Jim Hill at the opening of Hill’s solo art exhibition

Feb. 18, 2016, Santa Barbara, CA— Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) recently welcomed local artist Jim Hill with an opening reception for his solo art exhibition, which is now on display at HSB.

Family of Hill, friends, HSB employees and art lovers filled the Leigh Block Gallery – located inside HSB, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100 – on Feb. 10 to view Hill’s art pieces, as well as get a chance to greet the artist. Hill created all of the artwork within the last six years and combines graphite, oil pastels, ink gouache, and watercolor pencils to explore the mediums and how they connect.

Hill notes his artwork is reflective of his experience working in end of life care. Meditation is an important element for Hill. As a licensed clinical social worker, Hill had the privilege of working with family and friends coping with loss who showed the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

“With a large degree of humbleness, it’s about the life experience,” said Hill. “It’s the mystery of the individual reaching the end of life and the connectedness with one another -- the loss and gain that occurs with aging.”

Originally from Chicago, Hill has lived in Santa Barbara since 1972. He has worked for Hospice of Santa Barbara as a grief counselor and for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care as a mental health practitioner. Hill also worked for the County of Santa Barbara’s Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services.

Hill’s relationship with art began as a child when he became fascinated with mixing mediums. His passion persisted through the years as he continued to teach himself and enroll in art classes during the ‘70s. As an artist, Hill’s subjects rely on his internal processes which allow his art to take direction so he may explore the relationships between mediums. His art does not focus on concrete subjects, but rather on expression.

Hill will donate 25% of the proceeds from his art sales to Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc., a volunteer hospice organization. You can schedule a viewing of the exhibit by calling (805) 563-8820. The exhibit will be on display until April 29.

Guests enjoy the work of artist Jim Hill

Guests enjoy the work of artist Jim Hill

Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services those who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on local school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

Art Exhibition to Express Mystery of Human Experience

Local artist and retired bereavement counselor Jim Hill’s solo art exhibition at Hospice of Santa Barbara begins February 10


Hospice of Santa Barbara welcomes local artist Jim Hill, who will display his art at the Leigh Block Gallery located within Hospice of Santa Barbara -- 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara – beginning February 10.

The artwork in Hill’s exhibit was created within the last 6 years. Hill combines graphite, oil pastels, ink gouache, and watercolor pencils to explore the mediums and how they connect.

Hill notes his artwork is reflective of his experience working in end of life care. Meditation is an important element for Hill. As a licensed clinical social worker, Hill had the privilege of working with family and friends coping with loss who showed the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

“With a large degree of humbleness, it’s about the life experience,” said Hill. “It’s the mystery of the individual reaching the end of life and the connectedness with one another -- the loss and gain that occurs with aging.”

Originally from Chicago, Hill has lived in Santa Barbara since 1972. He has worked for Hospice of Santa Barbara as a grief counselor and for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care as a mental health practitioner. Hill also worked for the County of Santa Barbara’s Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services.

Hill’s relationship with art began as a child when he became fascinated with mixing mediums. His passion persisted through the years as he continued to teach himself and enroll in art classes during the ‘70s. As an artist, Hill’s subjects rely on his internal processes which allow his art to take direction so he may explore the relationships between mediums. His art does not focus on concrete subjects, but rather on expression.

On Wednesday, February 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Hospice of Santa Barbara will host a wine and hors d’oeuvres open house reception for the new exhibit. The exhibit runs until April 29.

Hill will donate 25% of the proceeds from his art sales to Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc., a volunteer hospice organization. You can schedule a viewing of the exhibit by calling (805) 563-8820.

Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services those who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on local school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

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Hospice of Santa Barbara and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Partner to Ensure No One Dies Alone

Hospice of Santa Barbara is partnering with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care to revitalize its work in the national No One Dies Alone program. The organizations will provide training that will allow their volunteers to offer compassionate bedside presence for patients with no friends or family available to be with them in the final 48-72 hours of life.

 VNHC and HSB have teamed up to provide No One Dies Alone (NODA) training and make a pool of their trained volunteers available to work in shifts to offer their support to patients nearing death. Villa Alamar Senior Living, Buena Vista Care Center and Heritage House have all signed up to request services when appropriate, and the two nonprofits hope to add additional care facilities to the program.

“A lot goes through a person’s head when they know they’re so close to death, and we want to do everything we can to ensure nobody goes through this difficult time alone,” said Hospice of Santa Barbara CEO David Selberg. “We’re so proud to team up with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care to bring this service to patients who need it completely free of charge.”    

Before applying to complete NODA training, volunteers are required to have nine months of hospice volunteer experience. For more about the program and volunteer opportunities call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.    

About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care

Since 1908, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has been Santa Barbara’s trusted home care expert. Serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys, VNHC provides high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, visit www.vnhcsb.org or call (805) 965-5555.

About Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services those who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on six local high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

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