Betty Bulen, founder of The Elizabeth Hospice, attended the 34th annual Light Up a Life ceremony with over a hundred community members to honor the memory of a loved one while lighting a candle to remember and honor those who have touched our lives.
In 1978 few knew the word hospice. Fewer still recognized the potential to alleviate suffering; but Betty Bulen held a vision of what this philosophy of care could mean to her and the community. This nurse, Elizabeth “Betty” Bulen, invited three of her friends to work with her in establishing an organization of compassionate volunteers devoted to offering care to seriously ill patients and their families. Less than a year later, 20 Elizabeth Hospice volunteers were meeting the special needs of eight patients in North County. Today, The Elizabeth Hospice serves San Diego County and the Inland Empire caring for more than 95,000 adults and children for the last 38 years.
The Elizabeth Hospice (elizabethhospice.org) is the region’s oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families in San Diego and Inland Empire. To learn more, call (800) 797- 2050 or visit our website at www.elizabethhospice.org