Thank you for your courage and leadership. It is my honor to work alongside you and help champion this important movement.
Deborah. I just wanted you to know that the day I spent hearing your presentations on various materials, has stuck with me over the last 3 years, and informed my practice every single day.
I recently attended one of your talks at Community Hospice in Jacksonville. Thank you so much for speaking to the group. I took some wonderful personal lessons home with me. Your keynote address really got me thinking about how to better connect to myself, my loved ones and the constituents I work with.
In Deborah Grassman’s book Peace at Last, I was struck by the following passage that she wrote about herself: “To me, prayer is where I’m stripped naked; I require strict honesty and accountability. One day, I caught myself self-righteously praying for peace as if I weren’t connected to the wars that abound in the world. In that moment, I was confronted with my illusion and my hypocrisy that my unresolved conflicts don’t contribute the energy that fuels war.”
Just hearing the term ‘soul injury’ gave me hope. It validates that something happened to me… something that can be healed.
The Institute taught me how to re-own, re-home, and re-vitalize painful pieces of myself and help others do so as well has been invaluable to me personally and professionally.
Thanks to North West Georgia HPNA for hosting Deborah Grassman. She gave us lessons and reminders on care of our vets and care of ourselves. It made me think of my dad (Korean Conflict), and all the hidden heroes who passionately share their energy as caregivers. You really know how to plan an education day that nurtures nurses…thanks to you and your team….and especially thank you Deborah.
I met with a Vietnam veteran yesterday and he thinks he is dying in the next several weeks. I was able to apply principles from Deborah's book, Peace at Last. It was awesome experience. He was sobbing. I not only welcomed him home, I apologized for what the government did and how he was treated when he came back. He put all his medals and War stuff in a box and threw it out the first day he got home because people were so hostile to him. He fell on my neck sobbing and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had counseling someone.