Mentors needed for 'I Have a Friend' Program

Hospice of Santa Barbara is seeking volunteers to make a difference in a child's life by joining the "I Have A Friend®" Mentor Program. Mentor volunteers are adults who experienced the death of a parent or sibling as a child and are trained and matched with children who have recently experienced a similar loss. Mentors help a child to heal, thrive and feel "normal" again.

Training takes place over two consecutive Saturdays.

Date: Saturday, May 6 and 13, 2017  

Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara 93103

For more information and a mentor application, please visit hospiceofsb.org or contact Nicole Romasanta, Director of Volunteer Services, at (805) 563-8820.

Patrice's Poem

On the anniversary of her son's death - which happened to be the night of the Super Moon in Fall 2016 – Patrice Handley wrote this poem while sitting under the oak tree where his ashes are buried. She participates in our “Healing Through Poetry” group, which helps those that are bereaved or anticipating the loss of a loved one by examining writing techniques that allow members to express their grief through written word. 

MY MAN-IN-THE-MOON

So tonight is the Super Moon

nearer to us than it's ever been...

last this close to the earth when I was an infant, the year of1948.

It's a strange night, five years since you've been gone,

to be celebrated by those who long for you

tonight in the Super Moonlight.

And I can't help wonder where you are...

Is that you, in the moon-glade on the water, 

pointing at me with a swath of your luminous spirit,

nearer to me than you've ever been?

Is that you, reflected in the golden eyes of that hoot owl up by the creek bed?

Is that you, those sparkles bouncing off the brass bells hanging in your oak tree?

Where...are...you?                                   

Oh, I see...As my eyes dive into the huge glowing surface above

I don't see the Man-in-the-Moon at all.

I just see you, smiling that peculiar lopsided grin,

irony in your eyes.

Even while YOU live in the moon, my Sean,

You're still you...

nearer to me tonight than you've ever been.

To learn more about how to register for our upcoming grief support and community education groups, such as “Healing Through Poetry,” please contact the intake coordinator at (805) 563-8820 ext. 110. 

All groups are free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted. Please note: space is limited and groups are subject to cancellation based on low registration. Registration must be completed with HSB prior to group participation. No drop-ins please.