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Recent Hospice SLO County Announcements

Thank you to our wonderful community for supporting the online silent auction “Bid For A Cause” this year! 

We are amazed at the dedication the Women's Alliance of SLO has for the online silent auction that has taken the place of Bingo Bonanza for the last 2 years. They are a true gift to Hospice SLO County. Thank you to:

  • Donnie Jensen
  • Bettie Gates
  • Betsy Gotsch
  • Beverley Larsen
  • Susan Morris
  • Ann O’Neill

Thank you to the community! You all made the online auction a big success! The amount raised was $9,000! This would not have happened without your interest in Hospice SLO County and support of this fundraiser!  Thank you!

June 24th, 2021

Listen to this interesting interview by Len Jarrott of Susan Olson, Director of Development and Shannon McOuat, Executive Director and Volunteer Director of Hospice of San Luis Obispo. They thoroughly explore the many free services their organization can provide to help one through the challenges of a life-limiting illness, end of life issues or your family and friend's grief.

This was recorded at the Monarch Radio Studios in Trilogy, Central Coast on May 21, 2021.

Click Here to Listen to the Interview

Experiencing the death of someone in our life is unique for every one of us. We may say goodbye with love, regret, forgiveness, anger, or even humor. We may find ourselves touched or challenged in unexpected ways. We may have time to prepare with the dying person – or no time at all. And for some of us, we may find that saying goodbye is not one moment, but a process that continues after someone has died.

In recognition of Healthcare Decisions Day (Thursday, April 15), we invited the community to share their experiences with saying goodbye to a dying person in their life. Their words and perspective will help spread awareness about the importance of advance care planning and some of the many ways of saying goodbye in times of dying.

Please enjoy these submissions selected by the judges for their “relevance, thought, and heart.” For the first time, all 3 winning submissions are about the loss of a child.

A WHOLE LIFE
By Anne Kellogg

SAYING GOODBYE TO MY CHILD
By JoAnne Ottosen

LOSS
By Nancy Vest

Recent Hospice SLO County Blogs

At a December 2017 visit with his cardiologist to begin treating his peripheral artery disease, the doctor told my husband and me that a mass was seen on the CT scan he had ordered.  That was news I did not expect to hear.  We visited the Pulmonologist for a diagnosis (stage IV lung cancer) and then the Oncologist.  Soon we added a Radiation Oncologist to the team...

In 2018, I challenged myself to engage in an area of volunteer service that was outside my comfort zone. I enrolled as a volunteer with Hospice SLO County and received 30 hours of expert training in the methods and skills to serve in-home clients with terminal or severely life-limiting conditions. The excellent weekly sessions with over a dozen other trainees gradually built my confidence to the point that I felt I could support someone in need...

 I remember the day I realized my beloved husband Bob had dementia. He turned to me and asked, “Where’s the brake on this car?” ...