The three areas the funds will be used for are: integrating spiritual care into the Community Palliative Care Service, deepening spiritual care for bereavement clients, and seeking new opportunities for spiritual care in the broader community, particularly in long-term care settings.
Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Community Palliative Care Service is a collaborative effort with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care and the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. Working together, the Palliative Care Consultation team provides free pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families through a weekly clinic and home visits.
“This generous grant ensures that a complete team of professionals can negotiate the complex effects of life-threatening disease, including the spiritual components facing patients and their families,” says Steve Jacobsen, Executive Director of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “When people are facing the prospect of losing their lives and their loved ones, there is no pill or scan that can give them meaningful direction, purpose or peace. This reality highlights the importance of having spiritual care available to patients and their families who may desire it.”
Because of the generous grant from the Archstone Foundation, Hospice of Santa Barbara has hired two spiritual care counselors, the Rev. Laura L. Mancuso and the Rev. Susan Copeland.