When a person suffers from a terminal or chronic illness, their families also suffer and need support. The Hospice Of Santa Barbara has programs that focus on the needs of children as well, especially around the time of death of a loved one. Approximately 20% of kids see someone close to them die. Additionally, 1 in 20 people loses at least one parent before they become adults. Kenny Slaught notes that the Hospice attempts to provide those in these situations free mentorship. The main purpose of these programs is to minimize the risk of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) developing.

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