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SOUL INJURY: Liberating Unmourned Loss

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SOUL INJURY: Liberating Unmourned Loss


Expert on Veteran care at end of life

and author of The Hero Within and Peace at Last

March 15, 2018, 6 p.m.

Easton High School Auditorium


Deborah Grassman is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life. She is a mental health Nurse Practitioner whose career at the Department of Veterans Affairs spanned nearly 30 years. She was the Director of the Hospice program and personally took care of more than 10,000 dying veterans.

Grassman is CEO and co-founder of Opus Peace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs that respond to the soul injury generated by unmouned grief and unforgiven guilt that occur during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. She is most well-known for her pioneering presentation Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle which was the first of its kind to identify the unique needs of Veterans as they age. 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. Grassman’s presentation is suitable for Veterans, family members, professionals and anyone who has suffered soul injury from trauma, abuse and self-neglect.

Grassman’s books – Peace at Last and The Hero Within – will be offered for sale at the event. Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans, addresses the effects of past trauma on the quality of a person’s dying process, the influence of the various cultures of war on dying veterans, stoicism, and warrior wisdom. The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill describes how to re-own and re-home pieces of self through the processes of abiding, reckoning, and beholding our interior hero. It can also be used for staff development, team building, and personal growth.

At 5:30 just prior to the presentation, local Veteran organizations and support groups and agencies will be available in the lobby to offer their resources to Veterans and their families. The following morning, Friday, March 16 at 8 a.m., Grassman will present the workshop Wounded Warriors at Talbot Hospice for professionals who work with Veterans including nurses and social workers. 

For more information or to register contact Caron James at cjames@talbothospice.org or 410-822-6681.


March 15
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School
723 Mecklenburg Avenue
Easton, MD 21601 United States
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