Planning for the Future – Your Decisions Matter

Planning is a part of life. There’s excitement in looking toward the future – college, career, a home, vacations – these are all instrumental components of life that are planned. Even still, after we have successfully accomplished educational goals, career milestones, we look forward to retirement and the enjoyment of the life we can live. However, the planning should not stop there.

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day and was founded in 2007 by Nathan Kottkamp. Kottkamp completed his own advanced directive1 when he was 20 years old. He states, “It was empowering to know that my loved ones knew my wishes. I now know that I was an outlier to have created an advance directive when I was so young, but the fact is we all should discuss and document our health care wishes, regardless of our age or current health status.” At Chaplaincy Health Care, we encourage you to consider who you want to walk alongside you through your journey during the frail moments and final days. With this communication in place, you can have peace of mind you will be surrounded with the best care possible.

There are great resources available to help guide you through the conversation:

Start the conversation today and continue to live out life to the fullest in every way.

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1 Advanced Directives are legal documents that allow you to plan and make your own end-of-life wishes known in the event that you are unable to communicate.


Art is Healing

For hundreds, maybe even thousands, of years, artists have used their art to express human despair, find meaning in life and transcend their own emotional struggles. Even the most world-renowned artists have found relief from fears, anxiety, depression and found a new meaning in life through their artistic expression. Twentieth-century realist painter and printmaker, Edward Hopper, stated, “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”  Seattle artist and writer, Jaeda DeWalt encapsulates the value of healing artwork, “My art is largely made up of my pain; re-framed, redesigned and repurposed. It’s a mutually beneficial experience for both the creator and the beholder. Transformative healing is a beautiful process.” Creating artwork following a great loss can be therapeutic, helping to release pain, stress, and express emotions. When words become difficult to form in communicating the deep indescribable emotions, art can help you understand yourself better and help bring closure to grief.

"If Walls Could Talk"
An emotionally powerful room at Cork's Place utilizing free form paint. 15 years of grief and healing splattered on the walls and ceiling.

At Chaplaincy Cork’s Place, we know that there are times when grief has no words, especially for children and teens who may not know how to express the sadness and loss they are feeling. Cork’s Place, the only grief support facility in the Tri-City community specifically designed for children and teens, ages 3-17, offers a safe space to explore feelings of grief and loss in a variety of ways – and paint is a popular medium for many of them.

The 3rd Annual HeART of Healing benefit for Cork’s Place on Saturday, April 27 at the Uptown Theater in Richland features original artwork created by local children and teens, who have chosen to express or demonstrate what grief, loss and healing means to them. The fundraiser, to support this unique grief service for children, features an art exhibit, silent and live auction, raffle, live music performed by Gabe Knutzen, beverages, hors d’ouevres, and a moving program.

By attending HeART of Healing, you will experience, not only the pain but also the healing journey of grief through the eyes of a child. Unique and one-of-a-kind art pieces created by Cork’s Place kids will be on display and available for purchase.

Tickets to HeART of Healing are available online.

"Hope Circles"
When all seems lost, hope binds us. Encircling our dreams and lifting us out of darkness. Into the light we go, hope guiding us; together.


Chaplaincy Health Care Spring 2019 Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is here! Tim Ledbetter, Chaplain Supervisor, sheds light on a dreaded stage of life: frailty. Read Ledbetter’s article to better understand how to respond to frailty with skillful compassion and patient empathy. Plus, save the dates for our upcoming events. Looking to volunteer? There are many opportunities to use your skills at Repeat Boutique, Hospice House and Cork’s Place.

Click here to read the Spring 2019 Newsletter.

Enjoy!


A Race in Honor of Cork’s Place

Jeff Kissel of Richland, WA has two goals to meet on April 27. One is to complete the 2019 Eugene Half-Marathon in Eugene, Oregon; the second is to raise $100 for each mile he runs so he can donate it to Cork’s Place, Chaplaincy Health Care’s grief program for children, teens and their families.

Jeff has been a supporter of Cork’s Place since he attended the first HeART of Healing fundraiser in 2017. This year the fundraiser falls on the same weekend as the race, making it impossible for him to attend the event. However, the Eugene Marathon's efforts to support other charitable organizations inspired Jeff to combine his passions for running and Chaplaincy Cork’s Place as best he could from afar.

Jeff hopes to raise a total of $1,310. Donations can be made through his GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-runs-for-corks-place-heart-of-healing

The 3rd Annual HeART of Healing event is on Saturday, April 27th at the Uptown Theater in Richland. The fundraiser features original artwork created by local grieving children and teens, an art exhibit, silent and live auctions, raffle, live music performed by Gabe Knutzen, beverages, hors d’ouevres, and a moving program.

Tickets to HeART of Healing are available for purchase online at https://chaplaincyhealthcare.org/event/heartofhealing2019/


Updated: Winter Storm Closure Information

Due to continual Winter Storm conditions Chaplaincy Health Care is implementing the following service modifications and closures for Thursday, February 14th.

  • Hospice – We continue to accept referrals, intakes and admissions.
  • In-Home Hospice: We are available 24/7 and are committed to getting to our patients no matter what the road conditions are. Patients and families please call your RN case manager directly if any needs should arise during regular office hours (8 am to 5 pm), or after 5 pm call (509) 783-7416 and your call will be routed to someone who can help.
  • Hospice House: Open
  • Palliative Care: Scheduled visits are being made as roads become more accessible. Nurses are available by phone.
  • Contract Chaplains: Chaplain availability will be determined based on each site’s needs and our ability to access the site.
  • Behavioral Health: Appointments are being rescheduled as needed. Clients will be contacted if their therapist cannot make it to the office.
  • Cork’s Place: Closed. No groups Thursday, Feb. 14. Tours and in-take meetings will be rescheduled.
  • Grief Care: No support groups Thursday, Feb.14. Gone Too Soon group canceled for tonight.
  • Repeat Boutique: Kennewick open limited hours and Richland closed.

We are available 24/7 for our hospice and palliative care patients and families to ensure they receive the care they need. If you have a question about a service or closure, please email info@chaplaincyhealthcare.org and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person.


Winter Storm Closure Information

Due to Winter Storm conditions Chaplaincy Health Care is implementing the following Emergency Action Plan for Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th.

  • In-Home Hospice: In-home visits for Monday 2/11 and Tuesday 2/12 will be rescheduled. Emergency needs will be addressed as soon as possible. Patients and families please call your RN case manager directly if any needs should arise, or call (509) 783-7416 and your call will be routed to someone who can help.
  • Hospice House: Open
  • Palliative Care: Scheduled visits for Monday 2/11 are being rescheduled. Nurses are available by phone.
  • Contract Chaplains: Chaplain availability will be determined based on each sites needs and our ability to access the site.
  • Behavioral Health: Closed. Appointments are being rescheduled. The Step-Up program is canceled for Tuesday 2/12.
  • Cork’s Place: Closed. No groups Monday 2/11 or Tuesday 2/12. Tours and in-take meetings will be rescheduled.
  • Grief Care: No support groups Monday 2/11 or Tuesday 2/12.
  • Repeat Boutique: Kennewick and Richland closed.

We will have limited staff on hand but will make every effort to ensure our hospice and palliative care patients and families receive the care they need. If you have a question about a service or closure, please email info@chaplaincyhealthcare.org and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person.


Email Breach Notification

On November 20, 2018, Chaplaincy Health Care became aware of an email account breached by an unknown individual. On the day of the breach, Chaplaincy Health Care was able to take immediate action and changed the user account password, limiting the breach to approximately four hours. Chaplaincy Health Care is notifying the individuals potentially impacted by this event so that they can take action to monitor and protect their information, along with the organization’s efforts and resources being provided.

Chaplaincy Health Care hired a computer forensics firm to help with the investigation. The breach was isolated to one email account. No medical records systems or donor records were impacted by the breach. While it is not possible to identify which, if any, emails were seen, it was found that they may have included the patients’ name, date of birth, medical record number, masked social security numbers (xxx-xx-1234), prescriptions, dates of service and home address. Complete social security numbers, financial records, and credit card information were not included in the emails.

Chaplaincy Health Care takes the security of all information very seriously and is taking steps to prevent a similar event from occurring in the future. This includes providing additional employee training and testing emphasizing the need to safeguard sensitive information and enabling two-factor authentication protocols.

“Chaplaincy Health Care sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience and the concern this incident has caused” stated Gary Castillo, Executive Director. “Information security is very important to us and we will continue to do everything we can to fortify our operational protections for our patients and their families.”

Chaplaincy Health Care mailed letters on January 3, 2019 to the individuals potentially impacted by this event. This letter includes information about the incident, and steps that potentially impacted individuals can take to monitor and protect their information. Identity protection and credit monitoring at no cost is being offered through LifeLock to individuals potentially impacted. A toll-free number (855) 659-8793 and email address (privacy@chaplaincyhealthcare.org) have been established to answer questions. For a list of frequently asked questions, please click here.


Support for Grief this Winter

Some choose to attend a group soon after a loss, while others may wait years. Wherever you are in the healing process, Chaplaincy Grief Care is there to help. We invite you to come and join others who are on the same journey.

We offer a handful of drop-in groups, one-time classes, and 10-week support groups. Drop-in groups do not require a weekly commitment and may have new participants each week. These groups are great as they offer you flexibility. Groups and classes are open to anyone experiencing grief due to a death. All groups and classes are free of charge but do require registration.

Call us, we can help.

View all groups and classes here.


Grief During the Holidays: Some Tips

The winter holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness.

Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss — not only of that person but of tradition and celebration.

Bereavement professionals working in hospice and palliative care understand how difficult this season can be. They support families coping with loss all year long. Bereavement counselors stress the importance of making decisions that feel right to the grieving person and giving oneself permission to make new or different choices at the holidays.

Experts in Grief offer some tips:

Be Willing to Change Traditions.
Holidays often center on certain traditions and rituals. For some, continuing these traditions without a loved one may be an important way to continue sharing their memory. For others, it may be more comforting to develop new rituals to help lessen the pain and immediacy of the loss.

Help Reduce Stress.
While the holidays can be filled with meaning, they can also be filled with pressure and stress because of additional tasks such as shopping, baking and decorating. Grieving people should be encouraged to prioritize what needs to be done and focus on those projects that may bring them pleasure. Perhaps the gift list can be pared down, cards need not be sent out, or another family member can cook the family dinner this year.

Remember those Who Have Died.
The holidays can bring opportunities to remember the person who has died in a way that is personally meaningful. Some families choose to participate in holiday events at a local hospice. Others may choose to share special family stories over a meal. Some may find that making a donation to a special charity or volunteering time to help others in need may be a comforting way to honor their loved one.

Hospice and palliative care professionals know of the importance of providing emotional and spiritual support to those who are grieving but most importantly, they remind us that a person grieving should do what’s most comfortable for him or her during this time of year.

To learn more about grief and loss or about hospice and palliative care, contact Chaplaincy Health Care.

Chaplaincy Grief Care offers a special class during this time, Hope for the Holidays. This two-hour class meets to help grieving people deal with the stress, loneliness and confusion of the holiday season.


Chaplaincy Health Care Winter 2018 Newsletter

Our Winter Newsletter is here! Read the beautiful story Brandi Pevey shares about her family’s experience with Cork’s Place and special thank you to our Lighting the Path breakfast table hosts. With the holiday season and shopping for your loved ones, keep Chaplaincy Health Care in mind. View our wish list for needed items. Your generosity makes a difference!

Click here to read the Winter 2018 Newsletter.

Enjoy!