Presenter: Leann Thrapp, MA, BSN, RN, CHPCA, Opus Peace Ambassador
Cultivating the courage to change is the purpose of cocooning. It is also an important step in healing Soul Injuries.Personal losses, fears, and brokenness can then be used as catalysts for metamorphosis and growth. The concept of “cocooning” is important throughout the life cycle during times of transition: divorce, job change, entering/leaving the military, death, illness, mid-life changes, identity crises, aging, etc.
To achieve pervasive peace, we have to learn how to successfully navigate these changes to grow into deeper dimensions of ourselves so that we can accommodate new demands. These times of transition can be fraught with resistance and turmoil. Learning how to navigate transitions so we can let go of who we are and open up to who we are capable of becoming is invaluable.
(2017. Playing time: 39 min)
Deborah Grassman talks with Tina Ketchie Stearns about what a Soul Injury is, why we should be concerned with Soul Injury, and how you can help people with Soul Injury. Tina is Speaker, Educator and Author who has worked in the hospice and elder care industry for many years educating medical professionals and caregivers about hospice and end of life care, advance care planning, care giving, long term care communities and grief.
(2013. Playing time: 58 min)
Her father did two tours of duty in the Viet Nam war. Now, Quynn Elizabeth, offers her story to anyone who needs it. Written and narrated by Quynn, she depicts her father’s experiences in combat, his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress, his aching heart sadness and alcoholism all his adult life even though he didn’t get diagnosed with PTSD until 1992. Written after his death, Quynss’s story is both poignant and inspiring.
(2012. Playing time: 39 min)
Interviewed by award-winning commercial film-maker, Burton Greenburg, Deborah discusses philosophical issues surrounding life, death, and aging.
(Running Time: 5 minutes)
The Welcome Your Soldier Home (WYSH) Project Documentary searches for a solution to the growing epidemic of suicides among active-duty soldiers and veterans. The movie shows soldiers that life after war can still be meaningful, even though they may continue to live with the changes war has put them through. The film explores practical and effective strategies some soldiers are using to recognize and embrace the transformation that starts when a soldier goes to war, and that must be completed before a soldier can recover from the psychological and moral trauma of war identified by Grassman as Soul Injury. Interviews are done with Iraq vet and suicide survivor Andrew O’Brien, noted authors and veteran counselors Edward Tick and Deborah Grassman, and a cast of other experts, veterans, and active-duty servicemen and women.
This 4-minute slide show will open your eyes to the effects of a Soul Injury!
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(2013. Playing time: 10 min)
This video is an interview with the son of a career-Marine. It was made spontaneously by Deborah during the filming of Wounded Warriors when the cameraman identified with many of the issues she was talking about. Although not intended to be representative of family life in the military, it nevertheless, provides talking points for provocative discussion while sensitizing viewers to possible issues for military families. It reminds us that the military not only affects individuals, but whole family systems.
(Running Time: 4 minutes)
This slide show depicts military scenes that foster an appreciation for those people who serve their country. Shown at the end of Deborah’s Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle presentation, it is a powerful reminder about veterans’ service and sacrifice.
(2013. Playing time: 1 Hour 22 min)
Many military experiences impact peaceful dying for veterans – even though their deaths might occur decades later. The stoic military culture, combat training, and war itself can change a veteran in fundamental ways. Emotional, spiritual, social, and moral injuries they have sustained impact them throughout their lifetime, especially as they face death. This video sensitizes viewers with the unique needs of veterans as they age and face the end of their lives. It provides enlightenment to both healthcare providers as well as veterans and their families.
This version of Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle updates Deborah’s original, pioneering 2004 DVD that was widely distributed across the country to awaken the nation to the unique needs of dying veterans. This video has new information, as well as a moving slide presentation, We Support You Too, that provides an opportunity for veterans in the audience to be acknowledged and thanked for their service. It also has an interview with the son of a Marine. Although not intended to be representative of family life in the military, it provides points for provocative discussion while sensitizing viewers to possible issues for military families – the unsung heroes who often receive no recognition for their service to our country.
(2013. Playing time: 19 min)
We don’t get sick alone (if we are lucky). We will need a caregiver. Most of us know little about cocooning or caregiving. As the caterpillar spins its cocoon, it entangles those around it. If caregivers are not careful, they become enmeshed too. This video demonstrates a creative, metaphorical teaching tool that helps caregivers embrace cocooning without becoming enmeshed in it.
Hospice and Technological Dilemmas (running time: 3 min 18 sec)
The advancement of technology has, thankfully, improved both the quantity and quality of life. We’ve learned much about when to start technologized medical care. What we are still learning is how to stop technology when it no longer improves quality or quantity of life. This video on implanted defibrillators (as well as the video on prognostication) can precipitate thought-provoking discussion about the use of technology at the end of life. It highlights some of the moral dilemmas that confront patients, families, and professionals as technological advances cause tricky decision-making processes for all involved.
(Playing time: 03:17 min)
Providing a prognosis is important because once you are given one, you live your life differently. Dying people are fertile ground for healing. If you were told you only had a few to several months to live, you'd live your life very differently than you are right now. Things that didn’t seem important become urgently important today; things that seemed so important yesterday, quickly fade as a more complete perspective is gained. This video provides a learning format to discuss the value of providing a prognosis. When done sensitively and flexibly, prognostication fosters growth and healing.