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"...these lights shine in honor of those we love."

Sponsor Hospice of San Luis Obispo County's 36th Annual Light Up A Life

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For 36 years, Hospice SLO County's Light Up A Life season has offered special ceremonies at locations throughout San Luis Obispo County for remembrance of loved ones who are no longer present but certainly not forgotten. The lantern symbolizes light as we are guided through life's darker times and illumination of love and remembrance.

This year, remembering those who have died takes on a whole new meaning. The COVID-19 pandemic precluded people from saying good-bye to their loved ones. Many who were fortunate to avoid the coronavirus, died alone in hospitals of other illnesses because friends and family were not able to visit or be present.

Every week, more people die from COVID-19 than were lost on 9/11. Understandably, there is an ever-present and palpable fear of death and dying. Many people are facing the possibility and reality of their own death for the first time. The need for Hospice SLO County’s services has increased in ways we never expected, and we have been honored to meet that need. Calls for help with Advanced Care Directives and last wishes have increased along with request for respite, doula support and grief counseling. Hospice SLO County is working through its staff, counselors, counseling interns and volunteers to bring comfort to hundreds of people each month.

To sustain our vital mission, we need your Sponsorship this year more than ever!

Your sponsorship dollars will support the LIGHT UP A LIFE events in 5 different areas of our county from December 7 – 12, 2020. These socially distanced opportunities to grieve are critically important to our community and our collective mental and emotional health. Many have not been able to hold or attend funerals or memorial services. Your sponsorship will give hundreds of people a precious opportunity to honor the lives of someone they have loved and lost. Your sponsorship creates meaningful healing.

Every donation received has a direct impact on our services. We are a non-medical hospice and DO NOT charge fees or file claims. Our only income comes from direct donations, sponsorships, grants and bequests. Your generosity and support of LIGHT UP A LIFE 2020 will help fill the financial gaps realized from the catastrophic impact COVID-19 has had on our ability to fundraise. It is tragically ironic that our fundraising efforts are challenged like never before at the exact moment when our services are so vital to our community’s collective health.

This has been a year like no other. Hospice SLO County, a small but mighty local non-profit, has helped thousands of people over the past 43 years. With your support Hospice SLO County will thrive for another 43 years. These are defining days, and it will be our honor to let the community know that you are our ally. Thank you!

2020 Light Up A Life Remembrance Ceremony Schedule

San Luis Obispo
Monday, December 7, 5pm.
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa & Plaza
751 Palm St, San Luis Obispo
South County
Tuesday, December 8, 6pm
Heritage Square Park & Gazebo
300 W. Branch St, Arroyo GrandeE
Coastal Communities
Wednesday, December 9, 5pm.
Cass House
222 N Ocean Ave, Cayucos
North County
Thursday, December 10, 5pm
Castoro Cellars
1315 N Bethel Rd, Templeton
San Luis Obispo
“Paws To Remember”

Pet Peace of Mind Ceremony
Friday, December 11, 6pm
Hospice SLO County Office
1304 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo


Throughout the year, all Hospice SLO County services are provided without charge to clients, their families, or third party payers. However, they are not without cost to provide. We rely on the financial support of individuals and businesses in the community and your gift is extremely important to continuing our 42 year mission of providing an additional layer of support and a safety net for families facing a life-limiting illness, in-home respite care regardless of treatment choices, end of life education and support, or grieving a death regardless of when, how, or where it occurred.


During the 2019-20 fiscal year, over 180 volunteers provided services valued at $343,242.00!!

3,460 hours- In-Home Respite Care

1,121 hours- End-of-Life Doula Support

878 hours- Threshold Singing

200 hours- Heart in Hand Services

431 hours- Pet Peace of Mind

1,202 hours- In-Office Support

3,378 hours- Individual/Family Grief Counseling Sessions

540 hours in 402 Facilitated Support Groups


If you have questions, please call Hospice of San Luis Obispo County at (805) 544-2266.