Hospice of Santa Barbara serves not just for those facing terminal and chronic illness, but also provides support to their families. Many of the programs at the organization are built for children struggling with the impending or recent passing of a family member. Kenny Slaught notes that about 20 percent of children experience the death of a loved one prior to turning 18, and one in 20 children facing the death of one or both parents before prior to adulthood. Hospice of Santa Barbara has been working to provide individuals in these situations with complimentary support via numerous programs and help these individuals cope with grief so they can avoid or mitigate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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