Chaplaincy Health Care Fall 2018 Newsletter

Our Fall Newsletter is here! Read about Chaplaincy Health Care’s instrumental volunteers who aren’t just everyday people. Their extraordinary hearts make an immeasurable difference in the lives of people across our community each day. If you are looking for a simple way to support our work, try donating one (or some) of the items on our Wish Lists. Your generosity makes a difference!

Mark your Calendars! Chaplaincy has a lot to offer this fall with the Free Community Presentation by Dr. Ira Byock, 3rd Annual End-of-Life Conference, Lighting the Path Fundraising Breakfast and so much more.

Click here to read the Fall 2018 Newsletter.


End-of-Life Conference Registration Open

Chaplaincy Health Care’s third annual CME/CEU End-of-Life Conference is Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

The conference is geared toward the health care community including RNs, ARNPs, MDs, and Social Workers and will provide an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the complex issues in providing palliative and end-of-life care. Topics covered include clinical and cultural leadership, the role of the inter-disciplinary team, medical cannabinoids, spiritual care, Hospice 101,  symptom management for delirium, providing the care every patient deserves and how to cultivate resilience in a culture of burnout. Brenda Swenson, Director of Hospice Outreach for Chaplaincy Hospice Care said, ‘This is a great opportunity to earn 6.5 CMEs/CEUs while hearing from some of the best and brightest in the field of end-of-life care.”

Chaplaincy's End-of-Life Conference Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ira Byock.

Dr. Ira Byock, Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ira Byock’s presentation titled “The Best Care Possible” focuses on clinical and cultural leadership, tackling the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life. After his presentation, Dr. Byock will be available, with his book The Best Care Possible,  for purchase and signing.

The conference agenda also features regional experts such as:

  • Dr. Brian Lawenda, renowned Harvard-trained Radiation Oncologist, Stanford/UCLA-trained Medical Acupuncturist, Integrative Oncologist and former U.S. Navy Commander who serves as Northwest Cancer Clinic’s Medical Director speaking about medical cannabinoids.
  • Rainy Sauer holds a Masters of Divinity, is a Board Certified Chaplain and recently received her Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care from the University of Washington. She has worked with palliative care patients for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and recently joined the Chaplaincy Palliative Care team. She will present key elements to successful communication with seriously ill patients.
  • Dr. Gregg VandeKieft is the Southwest Washington Regional Medical Director for Palliative Care for Providence St. Joseph’s Health. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. His topic focuses on searching for wellness and he will provide some much needed tools to help cultivate resilience in midst of burnout.

These are just a few of dynamic speakers on board for the day. See the full agenda and a list of breakout session topics and speakers here.

Registration is open. The Early Bird rate for the conference is $100 before October 5, 2018. After that date, the regular registration rate is $125. There is a discount for full-time students studying in a health care related field. Online registration is available here. This conference has been approved for 6.5 continuing education credits are available for nurses, physicians and social workers. For questions or additional information, please call (509) 783-7416 or email:

Welcome New Providers

Chaplaincy Behavioral Health is expanding its services with three new providers and specialties.

Meet Our Newest Providers:

Lynn-Marie Peashka, PMHNP-BC, practices psychiatry, and has been in this field for 20 years. Originally from Richland, she is returning from Idaho after 17 years. She is a Nationally Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduating from Washington State University’s ARNP/PMHNP programs with highest honors. She will provide psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management for adults and older adolescents. For physicians, please fax patient referrals to 509-460-5888. (Please include last three visit notes).

Adrian Garcia, Psy. D., is a bi-lingual, Spanish-speaking clinical psychologist who grew up in the Yakima Valley among an extended migrant farm-working family. He is a graduate of Antioch University, Seattle, and consults for the University of Washington. Among his specialties are art therapy, psychological testing, and working with children.

Albert Wilkens, LMHC., is a licensed mental health professional with years of experience working at Lourdes, primarily in their chemical dependency unit, with in-patient treatment. He specializes in minority mental health. Albert is a native of Pasco, and a graduate of the University of Washington and Heritage College. He is uniquely able to help minority patients overcome adverse childhood experiences.

Click here to learn more.

Chaplaincy Behavioral Health collaborates closely with many primary care physicians in the community providing counseling for individuals, couples, children or families who have complicated medical challenges. Our therapists are culturally sensitive and bi-lingual. We are one of the few counseling practices in the Tri-Cities that accept Medicare and Medicaid as well as other private insurance. To schedule an appointment or make a referral, please call us at (509) 783-7417.

Good Grief


In 2014, National Grief Awareness Day was founded on August 30th by Angie Cartwright. She became dedicated to educating others to the realities of bereavement and bringing support to those who grieve after she became familiar with loss herself. In the spirit of continuing the work of Ms. Cartwright, Chaplaincy Grief Care is hosting “Good Grief: Grief Relief in the Park” on August 12. 

Please join us on Sunday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m. for an outdoor celebration of the many ways that we express our grief while surrounded by the beautiful Southeastern Washington environment. This event is free to the public and appropriate for all ages. If you are coping with the loss of a loved one, a job, relationship, or other type of loss, this event is for you. There will be activities tailored to explore some less thought of ways to express grief. These activities include a movement activity, free-writing exercise, and a memory craft. Chaplaincy Grief Care staff will be on hand to discuss the day’s activities as we recognize these activities may draw out feelings that have been tucked away. Healing from a loss takes time and closure can come in many forms. We invite you to open and explore new ways to process the difficult feelings associated with loss of any kind, and look forward to seeing you on August 12!

August 12, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Leslie Groves Park Shelter #4
(Between Snyder and Saint Street)

Please contact Chaplaincy Grief Care at 783-7416 if you have further questions.



Chaplaincy Health Care Summer Newsletter

Our Summer Newsletter is here! Read about the many ways we impacted lives together in our 2017 Annual Report. Learn about our new Grief Care offerings and upcoming events.

Also included in this issue is a special piece recognizing 2 long-time Chaplaincy employees who have recently retired – Jannette Weber and Wes McIntyre.

Your support makes a big different and allows us to continue offering quality compassionate care to those in our community who are dealing with serious illness, end-of-life, or loss.

Click here to read the Summer Newsletter.


2017 Annual Report

BECAUSE OF YOU – In 2017, thousands of people in our community received expert guidance and care when they needed it most. Nearly 1,000 patients and their families received the care and compassion of our hospice teams; 157 children, teens and families received grief support through Cork’s Place; 1,637 people received calls, mailings, support groups, classes and one-on-one visits from our Grief Care team; 674 individuals of all ages were served through our behavioral health program; and our chaplains provided more than 29,000 hours of spiritual care. Chaplaincy Health Care doesn’t do this work alone. Thanks to our amazing group of volunteers, 11,179 hours of loving volunteer care were provided to patients, families, and friends in our community.
We are grateful for all the ways our community supports our mission. Please know that your support makes a difference each and every day. To read more about how Chaplaincy Health Care serves our community, click here for the full report.

Spring Memorial Service

We at Chaplaincy Hospice Care invite you and other family members to a memorial service. We will honor those loved ones who died, in a service of recognition, music, and prayer. Anyone remembering a loved one who has died is welcome.

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception to follow Place: First Christian Church, 1921 S. Olympia St., Kennewick WA

Love and death touch every person in a totally unique way. We find comfort and strength in meeting and sharing with others who are making the same journey.

We invite you to bring a picture or other small memento of your loved one to the memorial service. There will be a time to bring those forward during the service, as well as place a lighted candle in honor of your loved one. Pictures and mementos may be picked up following the service.

There will be a time during the service when you and others in your family will be given the opportunity to speak aloud the name of your loved one, if you wish to do so.

Please invite other family members and friends whom you think may want to attend. All are welcome.

Chaplaincy Health Care Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is blooming with information! Read about our 2nd annual Heart of Healing fundraising event for Cork’s Place and the announcement of our second thrift store location. That’s right! Repeat Boutique will be opening the end of March in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

Our spring support groups are listed as well as our current “wish lists” for each program. Your support makes a big different and allows us to continue offering quality compassionate care to those in our community who are dealing with serious illness, end-of-life, or loss.

Click here to read the Spring Newsletter.


Chaplaincy Hospice Leads in Cornea Donation

RICHLAND, WA – Chaplaincy Hospice Care, a local, non-profit hospice providing care both in-home and at the community Hospice House has been identified as a leading provider of cornea donation in the region by SightLife.


Over 20 years of partnership with SightLife (formally known as the Northwest Lions Eye Bank) Chaplaincy Hospice Care has helped over 430 families honor their loved one’s wish to help others through cornea donation. That has potentially helped over 860 men, women and children see again through those generous gifts.

In 2017, Chaplaincy Hospice Care’s partnership with SighLife resulted in 34 cornea donors restoring sight to 42 men, women and children. In addition, Chaplaincy Hospice Care is the leading cornea donation hospice program in Central and Eastern Washington; the fourth largest cornea donation hospice program in Washington State and the second highest cornea donation program in the Tri-Cities.

Chaplaincy Hospice Care offers families the opportunity to donate their loved one’s corneas. After a family agrees, SightLife educates and counsels grieving families and takes a hands-on approach to personally assess, preserve and transport each donor’s gift with care and precision, in a timely manner, to ensure the best outcome. A donor’s gift is never taken for granted.

Kelly Karr, RN, Director of Clinical Services states “We’ve been working with SightLife for more than 20 years. It’s a great organization and it’s very meaningful to be able to offer this way of giving back to the families we serve through hospice. I think the families really appreciate the opportunity.”


Chaplaincy Grief Care 2018 Spring Groups & Classes

Understanding Grief: An Introduction – Class
Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 12 Noon to 2:00 PM or 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 17, 2018 – 10 AM to 12 Noon
Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 12 Noon to 2:00 PM or 6:00 to 8:00 PM
*This class is offered monthly. Please call for future dates and times.
Please Call Cheryl at (509) 572-0593 or Wanda at (509) 783-6243 to register. This one time, two-hour session is open to grieving adults. It covers common grief reactions, uniqueness of each person’s grief, as well as healthy coping strategies. Includes a 30-minute DVD.

Coming to Terms with Loss Group
Tuesdays, April 10-June 12, 2018 – 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Please Call Cheryl at (509) 572-0593 or Wanda at (509) 783-6243 to register
This 10 week group is open to adults experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. It is educational as well as supportive. Books available to borrow. May be purchased: $27

Widowed Support Group
Tuesdays, March 27 – May 29 – 12 Noon to 1:30 PM
Wednesdays, April 10 – June 12 – 12 Noon to 1:30 PM
Wednesdays, April 10 – June 12 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Next 10 week session starts in September 2018.
Please Call Cheryl at (509) 572-0593 or Wanda at (509) 783-6243 to register
This 10 week group welcomes widow, widowers, and partners who are experiencing grief due to the death of their loved one. Books available to borrow. May be purchased: $27

Cork’s Place Support Groups for Grieving Children, Teens and their Families
Sessions are specifically for children and adolescents ages 3 to 17 years. Ongoing groups meet regularly following the school year calendar. A separate support group for parents and guardians meets at the same time the children or teens are in their session.
Peer groups start again in September. Call Casey B. at (509) 783-7418 or (206) 280-6180 or Heather B. (509) 378-4898 for information.

Grieving Parent’s Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Spaulding Facility: 1480 Fowler St. Richland
Please call Craig at (509) 572-8349 for more information or to register
This group is available to adults experiencing grief due to the death of a child of any age.

First Year and Beyond: Drop-In Support Group
1st Thursday – 12 Noon to 1:30 PM
3rd Monday – 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Please call Cheryl at (509) 572-0593 or Wanda at (509) 783-6243 for location
This drop-in format provides support to those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner without the commitment of a 10-week group. Come share a cup of coffee, tea, and refreshments while remembering your loved one and learning about grief. Feel free to invite a grieving friend or family member who has also experienced the death of a spouse or partner.

Chaplaincy Survivors of Suicide Support Group
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Entiat Facility: 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick
Please call Cheryl at (509) 572-0539 or Wanda at (509) 783-6243 to register
The loss of a loved one by suicide can be especially traumatic and affects individuals differently. Some choose to attend a group soon after the loss, while others may wait years. Wherever you are in the healing process, we invite you to come and join others who are on the same journey.
Books available to borrow. May be purchased: $27

Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss and Unforgiven Guilt Class
(CE credits available)
This class is open to any adult for any kind of a loss.
Location: Spaulding Facility at 1480 Fowler St., Richland
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Registration 8:45 – 9:00 AM
Program 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Break 10:30 – 10:40 AM
Discussion 10:40 – 11:10 AM
Please call Wanda at (509) 783-6243 for more information or to register.
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, and 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.

Hope for the Holidays Class
2018 Classes held in November and December. Dates to be determined
Please call Wanda at (509) 783-6243 to register
This one-time two hour session is open to grieving 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. Some of the topics covered include: setting boundaries on expectations; being flexible; recreating or changing traditions; bringing special touches of loved ones into the holidays; gifts and gift giving; and having some plan. Includes a 30-minute DVD.