Compassionate Care of Carpinteria’s “The Light Shines Ahead” Goes Virtual Wednesday, October 7th from 5-6pm Shares Stories of Healing from Grief

Santa Barbara County Firefighter, Sam Dudley will be the keynote speaker for the event 


The initiative in Carpinteria called Compassionate Care of Carpinteria (CCC) which was launched several years ago, offering Hospice of Santa Barbara programs and services directly to the Carpinteria community.  The volunteers and staff in Carpinteria have made a significant impact there by bringing much needed grief and patient care services.  Part of the growth of CCC includes some special events that seek to both raise funds and awareness of the services. 

Last year, the first CCC “The Light Shines Ahead” luncheon with special guest Shawn Tomson was a great success.  Because of the COVID-19 situation, this year’s event is being presented online going virtual Wednesday, October 7th from 5-6 pm and will feature keynote speaker, Sam Dudley.  

Introduced by his mother District Attorney Joyce Dudley, local firefighter Sam Dudley will deliver an uplifting presentation on how counseling has helped him after experiencing grief and loss. He will address the issue of “self-care” in difficult times and staying ahead of the curve in terms of our own emotional health. 

“You never know what life will throw at you,” said Dudley. “The better we care for ourselves, the better we can care for others.” 

Dudley will also share his experience as handler to Rhonda, the Fire Department’s first emotional support canine, to provide comfort and support to first responders.  He has recently utilized Rhonda to comfort and support firefighters currently battling California wildfires. 

Also included in the event will be words from Beth Cox, Owner of Green Leaf Landscapes of Carpinteria, who received services from Hospice of Santa Barbara. Cox shares experiences of loss and healing from grief with the help of Hospice of Santa Barbara.  

“When my Father, Roger Green was dying of Stage IV Melanoma Cancer Hospice of Santa Barbara flew into our lives like Angels on Earth just four days prior to his passing,” said Cox. “We were all in such disarray, walking around like we’d been hit by a semi-truck, as he’d only been diagnosed 22 days prior. Hospice made us feel that death can be a beautiful metamorphosis, “continued Cox, “and while it was the most difficult time my family and I had ever experienced, the calm, cool and collected ways of these special people, made it peaceful and special.  I was fortunate enough to experience their deaths in a way I could have never imagined.  Hospice of Santa Barbara was the reason for that experience, and I am forever grateful.” 


CCC will also have an opportunity drawing for a chance to win:  

Care & Compassion Basket (Value: $150) Proudly made in Goleta, these variety of CBD products are made with all-natural ingredients designed to deliver pure cannabinoids and antioxidants to provide therapeutic benefits and pain relief. This basket also includes a $50 gift card to Corktree Cellars.   

Trader Joe’s Rest, Restore & Relaxation Basket (Value: $150) Deep relaxation and lasting rejuvenation come together in this luxurious tranquility set featuring your favorite Trader Joe’s products. This basket also includes a $50 Trader Joe’s Gift Card!   

Chris Gocong’s Abstract Cityscape Acrylic on Canvas (Value: Priceless) Size 30in x 24in  

This is a free virtual event but your purchase of a “ticket” or two will help people who are struggling with grief and illness right here in the community of Carpinteria. To register, please visit:


Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on fifteen local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit  

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