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"Deep Change: Befriending the Unknown"


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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.

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well is helping people have these types of conversations, which are personal to each individual. The Alliance believes that, while difficult, these types of conversations and planning for death and dying are also a time of deep meaning and growth, and they can improve one’s quality of life and ability to enjoy life. We hope you find time to join us in one of our free Five Wishes workshops around the community and create your own advanced care directive. Take a look at our Calendar Page for information about upcoming workshops.


5th Annual Film Series

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well, in partnership with the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is proud to present their 5th Annual Film Series, which explores relevant topics of death, dying, aging, grief and what it means to live well. As always, all films are FREE of charge and no reservations are required. After each screening, community discussions are facilitated.
The Alliance has another compelling lineup of films in store for you, so save the dates and join us! The featured films include:
October 30: Still Alice (2014) Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
November 6: Defending Your Life (1991) Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and stars, along with Meryl Streep, in this allegorical comedy about a man having a hard time making a case for himself in the afterlife. When advertising executive Daniel Miller finds himself in a fatal car crash minutes after taking delivery on a new BMW, he's whisked away to Judgment City, where the recently dead are put on a sort of trial to decide their fate. Although a mythical comedy, this film raises some profound questions about what it means to live well.
November 13:  Get Low (2009) Few folks have spoken with Felix Bush since he disappeared into the Tennessee woods 40 years ago, and the ones who have don't necessarily have the kindest things to say about him. When Felix walks into a funeral parlor and announces his intentions to throw himself a massive memorial party before he passes away, word quickly spreads through town and anticipation starts to run high. Before long the big day has finally arrived, and Felix surprises everyone by revealing exactly why he shunned society to lead a life of solitude in the deep woods. This film is about redemption and reconciliation.
For more information about the Film Series, please call (805) 845-5314, or click here.


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!" 



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