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Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has been providing medical, emotional and spiritual support to children and adults facing the challenges associated with a life-limiting illness and offering counsel and comfort to those who are grieving. Our dedication to delivering high quality care has earned us a reputation as a trusted resource for hospice care, palliative care and grief support in San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County. “Our skilled caregivers go beyond relieving pain, answering questions and providing resources for patients and their families. They become trusted companions and customize the care experience to meet their patients’ unique needs and wants,” said Sarah McSpadden, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Elizabeth Hospice. 

We are the largest nonprofit hospice provider in California and one of only a few hospice providers in the country to have a dedicated team that cares for children diagnosed with an advanced or terminal illness. Our Pediatric Care Team works in concert with the child’s pediatrician and specialists to relieve symptoms and manage pain. Through education and support programs, parents receive the resources needed to confidently care for their child at home.

Our grief counselors guide people of all ages through grief and loss. We provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment for adults and children to address their feelings and learn healthy coping skills.

One-on-one counseling and support groups are open to everyone in the community.

We help children find comfort after a tragedy, build a toolbox of healthy coping skills and have fun while working through their grief. Our Children’s Bereavement Program is the only one of its kind in San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County. Services, which are free and open to everyone, include: school-based grief support groups (Elementary through High School), after-school peer-based grief support groups (ages 3 to 17), Camp Spero, a summer grief camp (ages 7 to 17), crisis intervention, and grief education for school and healthcare professionals.

At the heart of The Elizabeth Hospice’s mission lies a single focus: To enhance the quality of life for those nearing the end of life’s journey and for those who grieve. We provide services to everyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on philanthropic donations from individuals and organizations to do this important work.

“C-TAC membership is an opportunity for The Elizabeth Hospice to facilitate collaborations and share best practices with other healthcare organizations who also are on the frontlines of helping families affected by serious illness,” said McSpadden.

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