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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 30, 2015

Free Holiday Grief Workshops/Remembrance Events from HSB

South Coast, CA, November 12, 2015— With the holidays representing a difficult time for many grieving the loss of loved ones, Hospice of Santa Barbara is inviting those in need to use its free professional bereavement services and attend its grief workshops. Hospice of Santa Barbara will also host its annual Light Up a Life ceremonies for the community to remember family and friends.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides its free professional bereavement support to individuals and families, including community organizations, schools, hospitals and senior care facilities year round.

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

Holiday Grief Workshop: In past years, the Christmas holiday season may have been a time of great anticipation and excitement, but this year the prospect of facing the holidays without your loved one may cause anxiety and dread. Our workshops will offer support to help you through the holiday season. Saturday November 21 and Saturday December 12, Noon-1:30 p.m.

First Holiday for Families (Bilingual): This workshop is for families with children who will be experiencing their first holiday without their loved one. In the workshop your family will create and decorate an ornament in honor of you family member who has died this year. Wednesday December 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

Spanish-speaking workshops:
Nuevos Caminos: En nuestro seminario “Nuevos Caminos – Como sobrevivir los días festivos” exploraremos la manera en que puede hacer estos días mas fáciles, mientras usted recuerda a su persona querida. En grupo exploraremos cosas que pueden hacer para que los días festivos le sean mas fáciles sin olvidar la memoria de su ser querido. 3 de Diciembre, 5:30 a 7 p.m.

Días Festivos: Segunda parte de “Nuevos Caminos – Como sobrevivir los días festivos.” Este seminario se enfocara en como continuar las costumbres y a la ves comenzar nuevas costumbres al recordar la memoria de su ser querido. En grupo exploraremos cosas específicas que usted puede hacer con sus hijos en memoria del ser querido. 10 de Diciembre, 5:30 a 7 p.m.

Holiday Workshops require pre-registration. No drop-ins please. Please call (805) 563-8820.

LIGHT UP A LIFE

HSB will also host its Light Up a Life ceremonies in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria, featuring the lighting of a Memorial tree with hundreds of sparkling lights and stars. Each star symbolizes a tribute to a loved one. Stars are 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.

Light Up A Life, and other ceremonies like it, are international hospice memorial events that began over 30 years ago and are celebrated around the world.

Dates and Locations
· Sat., December 5th, 5:30 p.m. – Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara

· Sun., December 6th, 5:30 p.m. – Camino Real Marketplace, Storke & Marketplace Drive, Goleta

· Sat., December 12th, 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 “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.

Contact

Please call (805) 563-8820.

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