Kenny Slaught believes that both individuals facing death and their loved ones must deal with the anticipatory grief as the unavoidable draws near. He cites an unmatched level of professionalism and compassion that the dedicated staff at Hospice of Santa Barbara have demonstrated to help families and people with terminal illnesses confront and deal with this grief in constructive ways so that they can enjoy their final days with minimal stress and anxiety. Facing this grief directly can improve communication between loved ones and lay the foundation for saying what needs to be said and achieving that sense of closure which eases the mourning process after the loss takes place.

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