Liberating unmourned loss/hurt and unforgiven guilt/shame

Vietnam Veterans: Untold Stories at the End of Life

As of the year 2015, there are more Vietnam veterans dying than World War II or Korean veterans. Vietnam veterans face unique issues at the end of life. 

Scorned and vilified by the American public when they returned from combat, their stories often got shoved into unconsciousness only to reemerge as they age and near the end of their lives. As a result, Vietnam veterans do not trust easily. Learning how to earn their trust is both essential and tricky. This presentation will provide you with tools to create a safe emotional environment for our Vietnam veterans so that they can share their stories, heal, and “come home” at last! You will also learn about the value of ceremonies to heal the unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt that sometimes lingers in war’s aftermath. Vietnam veterans’ poems are used to provide an enlightened perspective on the special needs of our aging Vietnam veterans, including women vets.


  • Identify the unique features that Vietnam veterans experience at end-of-life.
  • Describe processes that will earn trust and create safe emotional environments with Vietnam Vets as they age and near the end of life.
  • Examine personal awareness related to war and Vietnam