Chaplaincy Health Care presents “Soul Injury – Liberating Unmourned Loss & Unforgiven Guilt”

Soul Injury

Join us for a special showing of Soul Injury. National lecturer and author Deborah Grassman cared for more than 10,000 dying veterans over a 30-year career. Now she shares what those veterans taught her about the burden of Soul Injury, an emotional wound caused by  unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt/shame. Learn how Soul Injury has the potential to affect us all, long before a serious illness, and how to respond to Soul Injury during this thought-provoking educational program.

Continuing Education credits are available. The film is approximately 90 minutes. 30-minute post-program discussion required for 2 CEs.

Two Showings:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

  • Registration  9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Program        9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Discussion   11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

  • Registration  2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Program        3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Discussion   4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Call (509) 783-7416 to Register. Space is limited. For additional information, contact: Wanda Kontur, Bereavement Coordinator ( 509) 783-6243 or email

Showings will be held at Chaplaincy Health Care, 1480 Fowler St., Richland, WA 99352

Volunteer Opportunity at Cork’s Place

Cork’s Place is looking for volunteers to help children toward emotional healing.

Cork’s Place offers a safe and nurturing environment where children, teens and families who have

experienced a death can share experiences, support on another and find comfort as they move through the difficult process of emotional healing.

Volunteers are needed to facilitate these grief support groups for children ages 3-17. Support groups meet every other week during the school year and average 8 hours monthly.


The 30-hour training is designed to give volunteer facilitators the tools needed to work with children and teens as they move through their own healing process. After training, we ask for a 10-month commitment.

Find out if this volunteer opportunity is right for you. Call Brandy or Heather and ask about attending one of our Volunteer Information Nights:

  • Thursday, July 13th – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 24th – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Both meetings will be held at Cork’s Place: 712. W. 19th Ave., Kennewick

If you are interested in volunteering  there are 2 training sessions to choose from:

  1.  August 11, 12, 25, 26; September 8,9
  2. September 29, 30; October 13, 14, 27, 28

Sessions are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

To register for training or to learn more, please call Brandy or Heather at (509) 783-7416.


Chaplaincy Health Care Summer Newsletter

Chaplaincy Newsletter Summer 2017

Chaplaincy Summer Newsletter

Chaplaincy Hospice Care presents Annual Living with Grief Program

Presented by Chaplaincy Hospice Care

Join us on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at our Spaulding Facility (1480 Fowler St., Richland, WA 99352) as we present Hospice Foundation of America’s annual Living with Grief program. This year’s theme is “When Grief is Complicated” and it addresses the fact that while most individuals can cope with loss and subsequent grief in ways defined by their culture as appropriate, research shows that  between 10 and 20 percent of individuals who experience loss experience more disabling reactions, including Complicated Grief or other conditions triggered by the loss, such as PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment Disorder or substance abuse. Complicated Grief reactions may also be a factor in physical illness. The program looks at how to identify disabling grief reactions and when referrals to specially trained clinicians or professionals may be indicated and necessary.

There is no cost to attend this program, unless you are purchasing CE credits. Registration begins at 10:00 am, the program runs from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm with a thirty-minute panel discussion following. Lunch will be served and is sponsored by Nuclear Care Partners.

For more information, please contact Wanda Kontur, Grief Care Specialist at (509) 783-7416 or by email at


Annual Report for Chaplaincy Health Care

If you’ve ever wondered how exactly Chaplaincy Health Care impacts our community, our annual report will show you how thousands of lives have been touched this past year. Whether it was through hospice care, palliative care, grief care, behavioral health, Cork’s Place, clinical pastoral education, or chaplain services, lives were touched, hearts found healing, and individuals and families received expert guidance.

2016 Annual Report Final


Chaplaincy Health Care Agency Update

During our annual meeting of the Board of Directors and Member Congregations, Executive Director, Gary Castillo provided an Agency Update that covered the growth and changes that happened in 2016. In all areas of our work (hospice care, palliative care, grief care, Cork’s Place and behavioral health) we served more people than the prior year. Gary also highlights some of the new initiatives taking place such as our Cork’s Place initiative with Southridge High School, the clinical pastoral education (CPE) program with St. Vincent’s Health Care in Montana, the strategic alliance with Kadlec Medical Center and Providence Health Systems and the opening of our new thrift store, Repeat Boutique.

For more details, you can review the Agency Update presentation here. 2017 Annual Meeting Presentation

Chaplaincy Hospice Care Adds Life to Each Day

Hospice and palliative care can make more meaningful moments possible, even when a person is facing a serious or even terminal illness. If you have questions about how hospice can help, please give us a call. We will talk with you, answer your questions and provide guidance and support as needed. We are here to help. Call us at 509-783-7416.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

This video from our 2016 Lighting the Path Breakfast demonstrates through personal testimonials how Chaplaincy Health Care serves others so “you’ll never walk alone” during serious illness, end-of-life, seasons of grief and life’s challenges.

Chaplaincy 2016H264med from Chaplaincy Health Care on Vimeo.

Chaplaincy Repeat Boutique – Great shopping for a great cause

Chaplaincy Health Care, a non-profit agency providing hospice care, palliative care, grief care and behavioral health services has opened a thrift store named Repeat Boutique in downtown Kennewick. 

When asked how the idea of a thrift store came about, Gary Castillo, executive director of Chaplaincy Health Care replied, “Very often we have families who have items they’d like to donate after a loved-one passes and for the longest time, we just couldn’t take them. A year or so ago we started having some serious conversations about opening a store; a location became available and things just started falling into place.”

The store  features gently used clothing and accessories for men, women and children; household items; furniture, home décor and more. In addition, a bridal boutique featuring new wedding gowns and dresses is be available by appointment only. 

Repeat Boutique will be staffed by volunteers and one part-time employee. Revenue from sales will be used to enhance and support hospice services, both in-home and at the hospice house in Kennewick.

Repeat Boutique is located at 22 W. Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick. Beginning March 31st, shopping hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and donations will be accepted during those times as well.


Chaplaincy Health Care’s Director of Human Resources Earns SPHR Certification

Shannon Novakovich, Director of Human Resources for Chaplaincy Health Care, has earned the HR Certification Institute’s (HRCI) Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certification. The SPHR is the senior-most human resources certification, which demonstrates an individual’s mastery of the HR body of knowledge. This includes strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management as practiced in the U.S.

Prior to earning her SPHR, Novakovich held Professional Human Resources (PHR) credentialing from HRCI as well as SHRM-CP (Society Human Resources Management – Certified Professional) certification. Strict professional experience and educational qualifications are required prior to sitting for the certification exam. The SPHR certification has only a 50% pass rate nationally and focuses on:

  • Business Management and Strategy
  • Human Resources Development
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Risk Management

“Shannon has continually proven herself to be a strategic thinker and a key asset to Chaplaincy Health Care while serving on our executive team,” stated Gary Castillo, Executive Director for Chaplaincy Health Care. “Shannon’s attainment of her SPHR certification demonstrates her commitment to the mastery of human resources doctrine for the benefit of our organization and our stakeholders as well as her own professional development. We are all very proud of her accomplishment.”

HRCI is the premier credentialing organization for HR professionals in the

U.S. and around the world. For each of its certifications, HR Certification

Institute (HRCI) seeks and maintains accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). HR professionals in over 100 countries have earned HRCI credentials as a mark of high distinction and honor in the human resource management field.