Anyone who has watched a loved one suffer needlessly in the last days of life knows all too well the value of meaningful conversations about end-of-life wishes with the resulting decisions being incorporated into an advanced care directive.
Remembering Catherine Swanson
Catherine Swanson, the Director of Administrative Services for the Alliance for Living and Dying Well, was an extraordinary professional as well as a beloved friend to many. Over her five years with the Alliance, her efforts were essential to the development and success of our services and initiatives. She was both highly competent and compassionate- always offering a bright smile. Catherine will be dearly missed.
We are grateful to all of you for the outpouring support during this challenging time, and wanted to share a few sweet sentiments we've received to honor her memory...
" She was a special person, uniquely able to keep a wide variety of people moving forward in a united way."
"...So full of life and a joy to work with!"
"...Always so wonderful to work with!"
"...Always has been a favorite of mine!"
"...such a beautiful human being- a remarkable lady!"
Dr. Ira Byock & "Living Fully Through The End of Life"
The Alliance for Living and Dying Well, in partnership with Cottage Health, Hospice of Santa Barbara, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Foundation, and the Santa Barbara Foundation (and with the support of additional sponsors listed below), is pleased to welcome one of the nation’s leading experts on reforming healthcare, Dr. Ira Byock, to Santa Barbara for events surrounding the important discussions about end-of-life care. Dr. Byock, a palliative care physician, author, and public advocate, will present "Living Fully Through the End of Life," on March 23 at 7 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church.
We Did It!
On April 16th, The Alliance for Living and Dying Well held their 3rd Annual “Get It Done Today!” event in partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library, in conjunction with National Health Care Decisions Day. The event had onsite professional facilitators, notaries, and trained volunteers in both English and Spanish to accommodate the community.
The goal of this FREE community event was to help the public complete their Advance Health Care Directives. The Alliance recognized a significant increase in the percentage of completed Advance Health Care Directives, which is a critical part of their mission to seek a seamless, compassionate continuum of end-of-life care. The Alliance held 61 one-on-one facilitations with the help of 19 facilitators in 4 hours at the Faulkner Gallery with a 59% advanced directive completion rate – almost double the completion rate of last year’s event. Click below to see photos from the event:
Scenes from our 2015 "Get It Done Today!"