Staff Report

The co-founder of one of San Francisco’s first residential hospice facilities will speak Thursday, March 22, on “Five Invitations: What The Dying Teach The Living.”

The evening with Frank Ostaseki, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara, is part of Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Community Education and Engagement Series.

Ostaseki will discuss the importance of embracing death before the end of life. His “Five Invitations” will teach audiences how to meditate on the meaning of life in order to discover what matters most.

He will sign copies of his book “The Five Invitations” immediately after his presentation. Admission is free, but advance registration is required at

Ostaseki is the co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project, one of San Francisco’s first residential hospice facilities, and the Metta Institute, which offers educational programs related to spirituality and dying. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, and at major spiritual centers throughout the world.

“We’re very excited to have Frank Ostaseki share his insight on something that affects everyone,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “For all of us, including those impacted by grief or perhaps a life-threatening illness, Frank’s presentation will help inspire us to reflect on how we can grow closer to our truest selves.”

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 serious illness.

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