Local nonprofit LifeChronicles has partnered with Hospice of Santa Barbara and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care to provide staff and volunteers at the two hospice organizations with training in filming the life stories of their patients.
LifeChronicles and its own volunteers have been bringing their unique skills to families in crisis by giving them a way to preserve the memories of terminally ill and elderly loved ones on film, all free of charge. Patients can narrate their life stories and film special messages to leave behind for loved ones. The films capture everything from the sound of their laughter to the twinkle in their eyes.
“These recordings are amazing gifts patients can leave behind for everyone who has been a part of their life and even a way to share stories with generations to come,” said HSB CEO David Selberg. “We can’t thank LifeChronicles enough for sharing their expertise so we can bring this to clients free of charge.”
Hospice of Santa Barbara expects to be able to bring this new video documentary service to its clients in 2016.
LifeChronicles Founder Kate Carter said, “We at LifeChronicles are excited to be collaborating with these two fine agencies in Santa Barbara so they can offer those they serve a priceless gift...a way to bring peace of mind to a person facing end of life, knowing they will bring comfort to those they leave behind, and most of all, they will be remembered!”
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.