• June 6: Fresno, California. Shehadey Auditorium at Saint Agnes Hospital. 8:30-4:30. Central Valley Coalition Compassionate Care. Topics: Soul Injury, Forgiveness, Aging and Chronic Illness, Dying healed, Loss/Grief and caregiving. Contact Carolyn Whittington for more information at 559-447-2540. firstname.lastname@example.org
• June 8: Portland, Oregon: Presented by Kindred Hospice. 8:00 Soul Injury. 10:15 PTSD and Trauma integration. 1:00 Forgiveness. 2:30 Caregiver Restoration ceremony. Located at OHSU 3181 SW Sam Jackson Parkway, Portland, OR 97239 at the Richard Jones Hall 4340. RSVP to 503-635-2170
• July 28: St. Petersburg, Florida. St. Petersburg College.
• September 8: Cincinnati, Ohio. 9th Annual Tri-State Conference on Grief and Loss. Email Ted.Haddix@vitas.com for more information
• September 19 & 20: Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Health Care Association at (402) 435-3551
• September 22: Jacksonville, Florida. Community Hospice
• September 27 & 28: Madison, Wisconsin.
• October 2-5: Tampa, Florida. Soul Injury Leadership Training. For more information contact Pat at Pat@opuspeace.org
Fallen Comrade Ceremony:
Have you served in a dangerous-duty Military or First Responder assignment that caused your soul to be bruised or wounded? Do you suffer from guilt or shame over things you think you should or should not have done? Are you the family member of a Veteran or First Responder who has experienced SOUL INJURY? Are you a civilian or citizen who wants to help our nation heal from the aftermath of war and violence? Are you a clinician who wants to assess and respond to SOUL INJURIES?
It is not too late to heal the wounds of war. Unmourned loss from fallen comrades and unforgiven guilt and shame is a gaping hole in our society that can subtly and not-so-subtly rob Veterans and First Responders of their vitality. Family members of Veterans and First Responders are also affected; their wounds, too, often go unnoticed and untended. Complicating matters further is the gap in healthcare that fails to identify and intervene with SOUL INJURIES. Furthermore, civilians and citizens may not recognize their responsibility in supporting the reintegration of Veterans and First Responders back into themselves.
A ceremony has now been developed for Veterans and First Responders, their families, healthcare providers, and civilians and citizens to help Veterans and First Responders, and their families lay their burdens down. Unmourned losses and unforgiven guilt can find safe sanctuary so there can be peace…at last.
• October 24: Toledo, Ohio: Hospice of Northwest Ohio. E-mail Mary Davis at email@example.com for more information.
• November 1: Melbourne, FL. Brevard County Longterm Care Symposium. Email Laurie Nichols@vitas.com for more information.
• February 18-22: Tampa, Florida. Soul Injury Leadership 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!