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Hospice Volunteer Training – Two Days: May 22 and 23, 2017

Join our 39-year tradition of caring for our community as an Elizabeth Hospice as a Patient Care Volunteer. Sign up for our next two-day Patient Care Volunteer Training on May 22 and 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at our CARLSBAD location.

Call The Elizabeth Hospice Volunteer Department at 800.797.2050 or email for more information or to sign-up for the February/March 2017 training.

Our volunteers profoundly affect the quality of our patients’ and their families’ lives. By becoming a volunteer of The Elizabeth Hospice you can play a remarkable and enriching role in the lives of our patients and families. We currently serve communities within San Diego and Inland Empire. Volunteering will be in your own community. We offer comprehensive training taught by experts in the medical industry.

Spanish-speaking and bilingual volunteers, and Military Veterans are especially needed as Patient Care Volunteers.

Pawsitive Pet Connect Volunteer Training by The Elizabeth Hospice

The Pawsitive Pet Connect program of The Elizabeth Hospice supports patients and their pet family members.

Many people consider pets to be family. Animals can provide meaningful companionship and comforting support to their owners during all stages of life.

For hospice patients, their pets may become particularly critical to their well-being and quality of life, yet they may find it more difficult to take care of them the way they used to, as their illness progresses.

Understanding the importance of caring for hospice patients and their families, The Elizabeth Hospice Volunteer department will now include support for the “pet family members” of Elizabeth Hospice patients, in addition to the other pet services we provide, such as our Pet Therapy Program.

Trained volunteers will provide direct service to pets of hospice patients, such as walking dogs, delivering pet food or other pet items, and transporting pets to vet and grooming appointments as needed or requested.

Training will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at The Elizabeth Hospice Corporate Office – 500 La Terraza Blvd., Ste. 130, Escondido, CA 92025. To sign up for the training, or for more information on volunteer opportunities, contact the Volunteer Department at 800.797.2050 or

In the wake of life-limiting illness diagnosis…

Many think about grief as something that happens after a death – but grief often arrives with a variety of losses or impending loss, especially when one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.   At first, there may be shock or fear.  There may even be a curious calmness with the news.  But, once one begins to fully understand that the end of life is near, it is natural to begin grieving.  This grieving reaction is called anticipatory grief. Although different than the grief after the death of a loved one, anticipatory grief carries many of the same symptoms such as depression, anger, regret, guilt, even forgetfulness and fatigue.

It is important to accept this anticipatory grief response as normal and allow the feelings and expressions of loss and grief without judgment.  Although anticipatory grief is common with caregivers, it is also common with the person who has been diagnosed with the life-limiting illness – and there is support for both including support groups and counseling services.  Most important is to prioritize what things need to be done and what needs to be let go – in other words, say what is needed to be said, do what is needed to be done and make as many moments count with loved ones.

Remember, just like the grieving process, anticipatory grief is an individual process and it is a natural part of adjustment to living with loss.

If you or someone you know is living with a life-limiting illness, please know there are resources available. Ask your doctor about hospice care or palliative care services, or call The Elizabeth Hospice toll-free at 800-797-2050 or visit the website at for more information.

By Donna-Marie Terranova, Staff Counselor
Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice

Camp Erin San Diego Golf Tournament 2016

Join Honorary Chairs John Forst and Kristy Brehm, and Event Chair Debi Lange, for The Elizabeth Hospice’s 9th Annual Camp Erin San Diego Golf Tournament, at our new event venue at the Maderas Golf Course in Poway, CA, on Friday, September 23, 2016. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner Auction begins at 5:45 p.m. and non-golfing friends are invited to join us at our “Margaritaville” inspired dinner celebration.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE NOW with early bird pricing through July 23, 2016! Visit our partner site for online registration at

Proceeds from the golf tournament and dinner auction benefit our Children’s Bereavement Program, including Camp Erin® San Diego, a three-day camp for children who have experienced the death of someone close to them.

SPONSORSHIP AND UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!. For more information, contact Korie Duke at or 760.796.3722.

Wings of Hope

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido – Salon Room. 

The community is invited to attend The Elizabeth Hospice’s 7th annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release on Sunday, May 1st. This uplifting family event will include music, inspirational readings, and a ceremonial release of butterflies, as memories are shared among loved ones gathered.

Admission is free. A suggested donation of $35 will reserve a butterfly and ther sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, to RSVP, or to reserve a butterfly, send email to or call 760-796-3797.

Hospice Volunteer Training

UPCOMING TRAINING ON SATURDAYS! Sign up for our next Patient Care Volunteer Training in February 2016: Saturdays, February 13, 20 & 27.

Call our Volunteer Department at 800-797-2050 or email Participants must attend all three Saturdays.

Our volunteers profoundly affect the quality of our patients’ and their families’ lives. By becoming a volunteer of The Elizabeth Hospice you can play a remarkable and enriching role in the lives of our patients and families. We currently serve communities within San Diego and Inland Empire. Volunteering will be in your own community. We offer comprehensive training taught by experts in the medical industry.

Spanish-speaking volunteers, Veterans, Office/Clerical support volunteers, and Community Outreach volunteers are especially needed.

CLICK HERE for Hospice Volunteer Training Flyer.

Oceanside Yacht Club Hosts Elizabeth Hospice Charity Regatta August 8-9, 2015

The Oceanside Yacht Club (OYC) is hosting the 13th annual Charity Regatta to benefit The Elizabeth Hospice on August 8 and 9, 2015 at OYC located at 1950 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside.

The two-day event commences with sailboat races both Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. All weekend, food and drink will be available for purchase at the post-race party with beer generously donated by Ballast Point and Stumblefoot.  The party, on both days, will feature live music, a silent auction, and merchandise with all proceeds supporting the programs and services of The Elizabeth Hospice. Be sure to enter for your chance to win a 7-day Holland America cruise for two in Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, or Canada/New England! The winner will be announced Sunday, August 9, 2015.

To learn more about the Oceanside Yacht Club visit or contact OYC at (760) 722-5751. For more information about The Elizabeth Hospice, contact Vatei Campbell or call (800) 797-2050, ext. 2220.

The Elizabeth Hospice is the region’s oldest and largest non-profit hospice program and has a 37-year tradition as the premier provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has provided services to more than 90,000 patients and families in communities throughout San Diego County and Inland Empire, regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more, call (800) 797-2050 and join our online communities on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the Caregivers’ Blog.

The Elizabeth Hospice Offers Workshop, “Grief and Healing after a Suicide Loss”

The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice will present the grief workshop, “Grief and Healing: The Four Emotional Tasks of a Suicide Survivor,” on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Compassionate Care located at 930 Canterbury Place, Escondido, CA 92025.

The death of a loved one by suicide is a uniquely traumatic and painful experience. This one-time informative and interactive workshop will offer the opportunity to support one another and gain valuable coping strategies.

A $20 donation is suggested to cover activities and workshop materials. Registration is requested through August 7.  For more details or to register, please call the registration line at (760) 796-3757  or send an email to

Life after Alzheimer’s: A Support Group for Grieving Families and Friends

The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Association are co-hosting an ongoing grief support group for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one due to Alzheimer’s disease. The group will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 2:30 to 4:00pm at the Alzheimer’s Association office located at 6632 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111.

Grief is an experience that touches our lives in many different ways. If you have experienced the death of someone due to Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, please join us for a meeting to support each other, learn coping strategies and share strengths with each other. There is no cost. For more information, please contact Rebecca McDaniel at the Alzheimer’s Association at (858) 966-3303 or email

Grief and the aftermath of the death of Robin Williams

News of Robin Williams’ death on August 11, 2014 has sparked a national focus on themes of depression, suicide, grief and loss. Although many did not know him personally, his career in acting, involvement in social causes and philanthropy touched the lives of millions around the world, as reflected in the outpouring of sadness and shock noted in social media and news outlets.

For individuals who have personally experienced the loss of a loved one, especially when the type of loss can resemble a tragedy highlighted in the media, this can bring up his or her own feelings of grief and loss sustained in their own lives.

Counseling experts at the Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice have shared that grief knows no boundaries or timeline. Just as grief is an individualized experience for each person, young and old, feelings of grief can ebb and flow based on events, holidays, or news of the day.

The following suggestions are coping tips for survivors, particularly those who are experiencing the sudden loss of a loved one:


  • Know you can survive; you may not think so, but you can.
  • It is okay to ask “why” it happened until you no longer need to know “why” or until you are satisfied with partial answers.
  • All your feelings are normal even though you may feel overwhelmed by their intensity.
  • Anger, guilt, confusion, forgetfulness are common responses.  You are not crazy, you are mourning.
  • You may feel angry at your loved one, at the world, at God, at yourself.  It’s okay to express it.
  • You may experience thoughts of suicide.  This is common.  It doesn’t mean you’ll act on them.  Don’t be afraid to talk about it with a trusted person.
  • Remember to take one moment or one day at a time.
  • Find a good listener, counselor or group with whom to share.  Call someone if you need to talk.
  • Don’t be afraid to cry.  Tears are healing.
  • You may feel guilty for what you think you did or did not do.  Guilt is a natural response, talk about it.
  • Give yourself time to heal.
  • Remember, the choice was not yours.  No one is the sole influence on another’s life.
  • Try to put off all major decisions.
  • Be aware of the pain in your family and friends.
  • Be patient with yourself and others who may not understand.
  • Set your own limits and learn to say no.
  • Steer clear of people who want to tell you what to do or how to feel.  In particular, those who think you “should be over it by now.”
  • Call on your personal faith to help you through.
  • When grieving it is common to experience physical reactions, e.g. headaches, stomach aches, loss of appetite, inability to sleep.
  • To be able to laugh with others and at your self is healing.
  • Know that you will never be the same again, but you can survive and even go beyond just surviving.
  • It is not easy but you can forgive and have a meaningful life. The path of grief is one of twists and turns and you may often feel you are getting nowhere. Remember even setbacks are a kind of progress.

Although it can be difficult to do, it is important to reach out for help when feelings of grief, loss, or anxiety become overwhelming and impact your quality of life.

Contact your health care provider or other resources such as the National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the San Diego Access & Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240. In addition, the Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice offers resources, counseling for those impacted by a serious illness and grief support services to the community-at-large.

For more information, visit or call 800-797-2050. – See more at:

*Adapted from Suicide and its Aftermath (Dunne, McIntosh, Dunne-Maxim, Norton et al, 1987) – See more at: