I would like to express my gratitude to the Kennewick Police Department and especially to Officer Reynolds for doing such good work in the community.
I am a chaplain with The Chaplaincy, and on April 22, I received a call from a young caregiver in distress. She had just found the person she was caring for dead in her apartment. The caregiver didn’t want the deceased person to be taken without a prayer, so she called for a chaplain from The Chaplaincy.
The deceased person was not under The Chaplaincy’s hospice care, but I responded and provided emotional and spiritual support for the caregiver and some neighbors who had known the deceased person. As I was finishing, I noticed Officer Reynolds talking with the young caregiver. In a smooth and caring way he helped her see the importance of having some kind of balance during such painful experiences.
As a hospice and on-call hospital chaplain, I see painful experiences every day. I thank the Kennewick Police department and Officer Reynolds for not only providing safety and order in our streets but also providing compassion and caring when it was needed by a citizen.