➣ Calendar

For more information on any of the offerings below, contact the identified name or email Pat at Pat@OpusPeace.org.

July 2016

July 27-28. New Orleans, Louisiana. State Hospice Conference. Contact nancy@lmhpco.org for more information.
JULY 27, 10:30-12:00. Dying Healed: A Shared Quest for Wholeness
1:30-2:30 Aging & Chronic Illness: Redeeming the Destiny We Are Born to Fulfill
2:45-3:45 Peace at Last
THURSDAY, JULY 28 Keynote: Soul Injury: A Spectrum of Wounds that Rob Us of Ourselves
10:30 – 11:30 Good Grief: Those who Grieve Well, Heal Well
1:30-2:30 Forgiveness: Changing the Relationship to our Past

September 2016

September 9: Eagle Mountain, Utah. More info: Stpuffer40@gmail.com
September 13: Bend, Oregon. For more info, e-mail arkalum83@yahoo.com.
September 17. Eugene, OR. First Congregational United Church of Christ. conference.RDelzell@4signatureservice.com for more information
Morning Session: Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss & Unforgiven Guilt
The mental and emotional injuries that accompany trauma are readily identified. Less recognized are the insidious wounds that occur with trauma and, indeed, with all of us whenever we lose a sense of our own goodness/inner beauty or we think we are inadequate or defective. Whether traumatic or insidious, these “soul injuries” cut us off from the energy of our deepest self, robbing us of the essence of our being. Connecting with the part of self generating the emotional pain, paradoxically, restores wholeness. Thus, soul restoration includes learning how to re-own and re-home scattered pieces of self by cultivating personal intimacy with the part of self carrying our emotional pain. Learn how the heart can be disarmed through love, forgiveness, and self-compassion, starting a process that “restoreths the soul.”
Late Morning Session: Liberating Unmourned Loss
“Those Who Grieve Well, Heal Well.” This famous saying seems oxymoronic. In a grief-fearing American culture, loss is perceived as failure and grieving is viewed as destructive. Just the opposite is true: grief is creative. Grieving helps us let go of what was so we can open up to what is. Grief is the natural, normal expression of loss; UNMOURNED loss is the destructive culprit. When we box up our emotional pain, our vitality, personhood, and passion get boxed up as well. Learning how to develop a different relationship with the part of self carrying our emotional pain is the secret for living a passion-filled life. Expand your viewpoint about self-compassion, personal intimacy, normal grief vs. complicated grief, grief vs. depression vs. chronic sorrow, therapeutic value of rituals, and the unique loss experience of Veterans and their families.
Afternoon Session: Caregiving: Self-Compassion, Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder
Caregiving, whether personal or professional, takes a toll! Caregivers encounter emotional pain on a regular basis. Understandably, we often disconnect from the pain. By disconnecting from the part of self carrying the pain, we unwittingly contribute to the loss of energy, emptiness, and compassion fatigue that might ensue. This session provides a restorative experience of self by re-owning and re-homing parts of self that may still be carrying unmourned grief. It is 3-dimensional providing education for the mind, safety for the heart, and courage to develop a new relationship with weariness in the soul.
September 18. Eugene, OR. First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Aging and Chronic Illness: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill
American culture overvalues youthfulness and undervalues or completely dismisses the value of aging. Acute illness is viewed compassionately and treated aggressively; chronic illness receives less attention, support, and sympathy. As members of our death-denying, youth-inspired society, we unconsciously adopt these values for ourselves. Without even realizing it, we cut ourselves off from our inner elder who holds the wisdom that we secretly long for. It is never too late or too early to make the acquaintance of the Wise Elder archetype that awaits redemption. Let Deborah Grassman, author of The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill and Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families, take you into your depths to discover ways you can access the interior Sage awaiting your acquaintance.

September 20: Phoenix, AZ. Hospice of the West Educational Forum. Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss & Unforgiven Guilt
The mental and emotional injuries that accompany trauma are readily identified. Less recognized are the insidious wounds that occur with trauma and, indeed, with all of us whenever we lose a sense of our own goodness/inner beauty or we think we are inadequate or defective. Whether traumatic or insidious, these “soul injuries” cut us off from the energy of our deepest self, robbing us of the essence of our being. Connecting with the part of self generating the emotional pain, paradoxically, restores wholeness. Thus, soul restoration includes learning how to re-own and re-home scattered pieces of self by cultivating personal intimacy with the part of self carrying our emotional pain. Learn how the heart can be disarmed through love, forgiveness, and self-compassion, starting a process that “restoreths the soul.”
Contact Rhea.Go-Coloma@hospicewestaz.com for more information.
September 23: Jacksonville Florida, Community Hospice Veterans Partnership Conference. Contact TWOOTAN@communityhospice.com for more information.
September 29: Coatesville Pennsylvania VA.Contact Laura.Hertz@va.gov for more information.

October 2016

• October 1: Columbus, Ohio. Mount Carmel Hospice & Palliative Care. Email Myra.ClarkFoster@mchs.com for more information.
• October 6: Gulf Shores, Alabama. Alabama Hospice & PC Conference. Perdido Beach Resort. Contact alex.freeman@nationalhme.com for more information.
• October 12: Lancaster Pennsylvania. Asecra Care.
• October 19-20: Madison, Wisconsin. Pyle Center.
• October 31: NHPCO conference. Hollywood, Florida.

November 2016

• Oct. 31-November 3: Tampa, Florida. Soul Injury Leadership Training. Email Pat@OpusPeace.org to register.
• November 9:Southern California Hospice Foundation presents Soul Injury with Deborah Grassman. Email michelle@socalhospicefoundation.org for more information.
• November 18: Augusta, GA. Easterseals Caregiver Self Care conference.


The Hero Within

:What do churches, civic groups, book clubs, community associations, and prisons have in common? They have used Deborah’s book, The Hero Within, Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born To Fulfill, as a guide for creating and achieving pervasive, personal peace. Deborah provides clear, practical, and meaningful perspectives based on the hospice care she provided to more than 10,000 dying people: “Everything I know about living, I learned from the dying.” These insights are shared in simple, powerful ways that not only provide insight, but tools for personal growth and healing:

-“I keep this book at my bedside now and reference it frequently.”

-“I wish I would have known about this book years ago. It would have saved me a lot of heartache.”

-“Sharing the concepts within a community was simply awesome.”

Sharing stories in a small community of trustworthy people, remind us that we belong to one another and that we can help each other. Stories connect us to each other and ourselves. Don’t miss this opportunity for new vistas that will awaken your interior hero. Contact us and we will help you start an 8-week Book Circle. Deborah will even join you via phone for one of them!

 


Education. Compelling workshops presented in unusual and engaging ways on intriguing topics: Soul Injury, Soul Restoration, Aging, Personal Healing, Veteran issues, Self-Care, Chronic Illness, End-of-Life care, Spiritual Growth, PTSD, Forgiveness, Good Grief.

Low-cost Retreats. 1, 2, or 3-day retreats in your city or ours (Tampa). Topics include: Soul Injury, Soul Restoration, Personal Growth and Healing, Forgiveness, Aging.

Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops. Caregiving, whether personal or professional, takes a toll! Understandably, we often disconnect from the pain. Disconnecting from the part of self carrying the pain contributes to loss of energy, emptiness, and compassion fatigue. This 4-8 hour ceremonial workshop will provide a restorative experience for your staff or your patients’ families.

Soul Injury Ceremonial Workshops. We will help your community organize, plan, and implement a ceremony for combat veterans which helps them lay down any burdens of unmourned grief or unforgiven guilt they may still be carrying. The gaping hole in our society from the aftermath of war can be healed!

Book Circles for Personal Growth.Utilizing the book, The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill, we will help you grow small communities of people who want to cultivate pervasive personal peace.

Book Circles for Veterans. Utilizing the book, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families, you can become an agent of healing for our nation’s heroes by hosting a book circle for veterans and their families.

Free web-based Materials, Tools, Resources, and Blogs.

We offer these services with our Opus Peace prayer: Cultivate in me, oh God, the willingness to re-own and re-home scattered pieces of myself so that I might be restored to Your wholeness. Grow in me the honesty, humility, and courage to release my fears of who I am and who I am not. Fuel me with your Grace. Amen