Liberating unmourned loss/hurt and unforgiven guilt/shame

Deborah Grassman

Opus Peace National Award Recipient

Deborah Grassman is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose 30-year career at the Department of Veterans Affairs included being the Director of the Hospice program, as well as personally taking care of more than 10,000 dying veterans. 

She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life. Deborah is a TEDx Talk presenter, she is a contributing author in four textbooks, has 25 published articles, and five documentary films featuring her work. Deborah is most well-known for identifying the unique needs of Veterans as they near the end of life which has become the basis for NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans program.

In 2002, she introduced "pinning ceremonies" to honor dying veterans -- a ceremony which has now become standard practice in hospices and long-term-care facilities throughout the nation. Deborah is the author of two books: Peace at Last and The Hero Within. Currently, her work on Soul Injury is being featured by Hospice Foundation of America. An initiative for Congress to make January "National Soul Injury Awareness Month" is currently underway.

She is the lead instructor for the Opus Peace Institute to train Soul Injury® Leadership Ambassadors.

Soul Injury Speaking Engagements

You can have Deborah Grassman or an Opus Peace Affiliate speak to your organization about Soul Injury and other topics, while earning CEs. 

Deborah Grassman can be reached by email at