About The Alliance for Living and Dying Well

Santa Barbara Advance Care Planning About Us

We include core supporters for and providers of compassionate end-of-life care including: Archstone Foundation, Cottage Health System, Hospice of Santa Barbara, James S. Bower Foundation, Sansum Clinic, Santa Barbara Foundation, Sarah House, St. Francis Foundation, VNA Health (formerly known as Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care), and representatives of the faith and retirement communities


The goals of the Alliance are to help the residents of the Santa Barbara community to:

  • speak openly about the reality of death, and accept it and embrace it as inextricably connected to life;
  • have conversations about dying and put wishes about end-of-life care into words on paper in the form of directions
  • understand we are not alone, and the shared experience of connecting and belonging when we face death and dying together is crucial;
  • become aware of the value of and importance of working with people we love and trust to complete an Advance Care Directive that clarifies our personal, emotional and spiritual needs and medical wishes; and
  • communicate treatment wishes through a Physicians Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form and know that health care professionals will honor these wishes.


The Alliance conducts and supports a variety of programs and events that facilitate people connecting with friends and loved ones in conversations about the relationship between life and death, and how to express their wishes about end-of-life care, including:

  • Monthly free community workshops to help people complete an Advance Health care Directive.  The Alliance provides trained facilitators, documents, and all you need to get the job done. Go to the Calendar page to view the monthly workshop calendar;
  • Presentations to local organizations on end-of-life issues;
  • A Circles of Trust® program within retirement communities.  This is a national retreat program based on the work of Dr. Parker Palmer.
  • Community education events an conferences related to end of life.  In 2017, the Alliance organized a public information forum about the California End of Life Options Act.  Previous public events have included reknowned palliative care physician, Dr. Ira Byock and physician to the 14th Dalai Lama, Dr. Barry Kerzin.

Go to the Calendar page to see our current schedule of workshops and events.

Email us at [email protected]