➣ Calendar

For more information on any of the offerings below, contact the identified name or email Sarah at sarah@opuspeace.org

March 2017

• March 27, 6:30 pm: Gulf Coast church. 13301 Walsingham Rd. Largo, FL, 33774. Veteran Funeral Care presents “Soul Injury Awareness” webcast.
Come to the film debut of Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss and Unforgiven Guilt. Soul Injury is a spectrum of penetrating wounds that range from traumatic to insidious that separates one from their own sense of self. It is an overlooked, unassessed wound that subtly and not-so-subtly robs people of their vitality. Come see the Opus Peace team members for an open discussion following the film.
• March 28, Northlake, Illinois. 8:30-4:30 PTSD, Caregiving, Wounded Warriors, Fallen comrade ceremony. 6:30-7:45 Fallen Comrade Ceremony. 401 W. Lake St. Northlake, Il. Contact Andy Belafas 630-815-9563
• March 30:Tomah, WI. Daytime “Soul Injury/Restoration” workshop evening open to the public “The Hero Within”.
Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center co-sponsored by the Tomah VA and Hospice Touch of Tomah Memorial Hospital.

April 2017

• April 11-16 Vacation
• April 24-27: Tampa, Florida. Soul Injury Leadership 4 Day Training. Soul Injury Leadership Training. Email Pat@OpusPeace.org to register.
• April 26, 8:30AM-10:30AM: Tampa, Florida. Fallen Comrade Ceremony, Franciscan Center 3010 N. Perry Avenue. FREE
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.
Place: Franciscan Center Tampa, 3010 N Perry Ave, Tampa (franciscancentertampa.org)
Sponsor: Opus Peace non-Profit Organization
More info: Go to www.soulinjury.org or Call Pat at: 727-775-4265
• April 30, St. Anthony’s Triathlon, YEAH

May 2017

• May 10: Prince Edward Island, Canada. Email Andrea Conway at queens@hospicepei.ca for more information.
• May 17: Cedar Rapids Iowa: Shine the Light on Hospice: Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. For more information contact Leann Thrapp at lthrapp@mercycare.org or 319-440-2171.
• May 23-24 Scranton, Pennsylvania

June 2017

• June 6: Fresno, California. Central Valley Coalition Compassionate Care. Contact Carolyn Whittington for more information at 559-447-2540. carolyn.whittington@aseracare.com
• June 8: Portland, Oregon

July 2017

• July 28: St. Petersburg, Fl. St. Petersburg College.

September 2017

• 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 27 & 28: Madison, Wisconsin.

October 2017

• October 2-5: Tampa, Florida. Soul Injury Leadership Training.

November 2017

• November 1: Melbourne, FL. Brevard County Longterm Care Symposium. Email Laurie Nichols@vitas.com for more information.

February 2018

• 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!


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