Liberating unmourned loss/hurt and unforgiven guilt/shame

“Thank You” is Not Enough: Helping Veterans Unburden at the End of Life

December 05, 2019


4:30 pm EASTERN TIME, FREE Webinar on VETERAN CARE

Attaining a peaceful death is the aim of most Hospice interventions for Veterans. Learning how to create safe emotional environments for untold military stories to emerge is a skill set that Veteran caregivers need to cultivate. Untold stories often emerge at the end of life – stories that sometimes encompass Soul Injuries that might complicate peaceful dying.
 
The public’s patriotic projection of the “ideal” warrior discourages military personnel from telling stories that run counter to the “perfect soldier” image; opportunities for healing untold stories are then missed. If not designed well, pinning ceremonies that only reflect honor and glory can inadvertently silence these stories, thwarting the unburdening process.
 
This webinar will help the viewer understand how end-of-life ceremonies need to do more than thank a Veteran; they need to facilitate the unburdening process. You will hear from several We Honor Veterans partners who are adjusting their programs and ceremonies to include the “unburdening” process.
 
 
Deborah Grassman is a Hospice Nurse Practitioner. During her 30-year career at the VA, she took care of more than 10,000 dying Veterans. She is the Founder of Opus Peace, a non-profit that provides educational programs and self-help tools that address Soul Injuries -- a wound to our sense of self.
 
If you are unable to attend the webinar, it will be posted on the We Honor Veterans website here for free on demand viewing! While we will not be offering continuing education credits, this WILL count towards your We Honor Veterans partner activity education requirements.
 
This Webinar is a joint collaboration by NHPCO and Opus Peace