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

September 2016

September 29: Coatesville Pennsylvania VA.
Time: 8:30AM-12N and 1PM-4PM (Can attend either or both sessions)
Place: Coatesville VA Medical Center 1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd, Bldg. 5 Great Hall
CEs: 6 CEs (both sessions) 3CEs (morning OR afternoon session)
Cost: None
8:30AM-12N: 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. The basis for addressing “soul injury” originated with a group of VA hospice nurses who cared for 10,000 dying Veterans. The nurses witnessed “soul injuries” firsthand as they surfaced unbidden on combat Veterans’ deathbeds. Let “warrior wisdom” show you how the heart can be disarmed through love, forgiveness, and self-compassion, starting a process that “restoreths the soul.”
1-4PM: Forgiveness: Changing the Relationship to our Past
If peace on earth begins with me, then how do I make peace with everyone and everything causing me unrest? Have you ever considered that your anger could be a gift, guiding you into the forgiveness process? Join Deborah Grassman for a provocative presentation that will challenge your concepts about this essential process. The steps of forgiveness will be outlined in a new and refreshing way. You will learn about the essential steps to facilitate the forgiveness process, common mistakes that are made that interfere with forgiveness, false forgiveness, enabling, as well as the relationship between irrational guilt and helplessness. Tools to promote healing will be addressed and forgiveness exercises provided, including self-reflection, therapeutic letter writing, and integrative rituals.
For more information, email Dr. Laura Hertz at Laura.Hertz@va.gov or call 610-384-7711 x6825

October 2016

• October 6: Gulf Shores, Alabama. Alabama Hospice & PC Conference. Perdido Beach Resort, 27200 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach AL
Time: 8AM-5PM
CEs: 6 Hours
Cost: $275
For full brochure on the conference, go to: file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/2016%20AHPCO%20Conference%20Final%20Registration%20(2).pdf
Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle. Many military experiences impact peaceful dying for veterans – even though their death might not occur until decades later. The stoic military culture, combat training, and war itself can change a veteran in fundamental ways; their families may also be affected. Emotional, spiritual, social, and moral injuries that veterans have sustained impact them throughout their lifetime, especially as they face death. Deborah has personally taken care of more than 10,000 dying veterans. This changed her. In this presentation, she shares with you what they taught her. You will be changed too. You will learn about the unique needs of veterans as they age and face the end of their lives, the impact of the military experience on families, and tools for effective ways to respond to veterans’ needs.
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. The basis for addressing “soul injury” originated with a group of VA hospice nurses who cared for 10,000 dying Veterans. The nurses witnessed “soul injuries” firsthand as they surfaced unbidden on combat Veterans’ deathbeds. Let “warrior wisdom” show you how the heart can be disarmed through love, forgiveness, and self-compassion, starting a process that “restoreths the soul.”
Contact Alexfreeman@nationalhme.com for more information.

• October 12: Lancaster Pennsylvania, Manheim Township Library, 595 Granite Run Drive. FREE WORKSHOP:AseraCare, sponsors, Deborah Grassman’s Warrior Wisdom Workshop. To register, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6BNV2YW or call 717-285-2039.
• 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.

February 2017

• February 6-10: San Francisco Bay Area. Email Karen.Carter@dignitymemorial.com for more info.

April 2017

• April 15: Dayton, Ohio.
• April 24-27: Tampa, Florida. Soul Injury Leadership 4 Day Training.


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