Chaplaincy Health Care Winter Newsletter

Our Winter Newsletter is here! Take a look inside to read about Cody Spanner’s experience with three Chaplaincy programs – Palliative Care, Hospice Care and Grief Care. She shared this story with a crowd of nearly 1,000 people at our Lighting the Path Breakfast in November.

If you are looking for a simple way to help our programs, our Wish Lists offer some much needed items that can be donated. Also inside is our list of Grief Care support groups and classes and other important dates for events.

May you and your family enjoy many blessings this holiday season!

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Chaplaincy Health Care Fall Newsletter

Our Fall Newsletter is here! Take a look inside to learn about how Chaplaincy Hospice Care honors our veteran patients and their families. We take great pride in serving those, who have served us so courageously. From patriotic quilts and teddy bears made by hand, to pinning ceremonies for patients, our volunteers and staff are honored to show our gratitude for veterans.

If you are looking for a simple way to help our programs, our Wish Lists provide some much needed items that can be donated. Also inside is our list of Grief Care support groups and classes and other important dates for events such as our hospice Memorial Service and our Lighting the Path Breakfast.

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Chaplaincy Grief Care’s Fall Support Groups

September marks the ending of summer, and the beginning of Chaplaincy Grief Care’s fall support groups and classes. Support groups and classes are free and open to anyone in the community who is experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one.

We offer two 10-week groups:

  • Coming to Terms with Loss – Open to adults experience grief due to the death of a loved one. It is educational as well as supportive. Books for the group are available to borrow, or may be purchased for $27. This group meets Tuesdays, September 12 – November 14 from 6-7:30 pm
    OR Thursdays, September 14 to November 16 from 6-7:30 pm.
  • Widowed Support Group – This group welcomes widow or widowers and partners who are experiencing grief due to the death of their loved one. Books for the group are available to borrow, or may be purchased for $27. Meeting times are: Tuesdays, September 12 – November 14 from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm OR Wednesdays, September 13 – November 15 from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm OR 6-7:30 pm.

For those who prefer a one-time class:

  • Understanding Grief: An Introduction  covers common grief reactions, uniqueness of each person’s grief, as well as healthy coping strategies. Choose from one of these dates: Saturday, September 16 from 10 am – Noon; Thursday, October 12 from Noon – 2 pm; and Thursday, December 14 from Noon to 2 pm.
  • Hope for the Holidays  – Open to adults seeking information to better navigate the holiday season following a loss. The class offers practical, concrete suggestions to assist in managing the stress, loneliness and confusion that holidays can bring. Choose from one of these dates: Saturday, November 4 from Noon to 2 pm; Wednesday, November 8 from 4 pm – 6 pm; and Saturday, December 2 from Noon to 2 pm.

To register or learn more about these groups, please call Cheryl at (509) 572-0593 or Wanda (509) 783-6243 to register. For a complete listing of all our support groups and classes, please visit our Calendar.

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.