Hospice of Santa Barbara maintains a wide range of services not just for citizens facing terminal and chronic illness, but also to provide support to their families. Many of the compassionate care programs at the Hospice serve the needs of children facing the impending or recent passing of a loved one. About 20 percent of children face the death of a loved one before turning 18, with one in 20 children suffering the loss of one or both of their parents before they reach adulthood. Hospice of Santa Barbara works to deliver free support to individuals in these situations, through numerous programs. Kenny Slaught explains that the organization helps individuals cope with grief and avoid or mitigate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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