Description: The mental and emotional injuries that accompany trauma are readily identified. Less recognized are the insidious wounds that occur with trauma and, indeed, with all of us when we become separated from our real self. Whether traumatic or insidious, Soul Injuries cut us off from the energy of our deepest self, robbing us of the essence of our being. Connecting with the part of self-holding the pain, paradoxically, restores wholeness. The basis for addressing Soul Injury originated with a group of VA hospice nurses who cared for 10,000 dying Veterans. The nurses witnessed Soul Injuries firsthand as they surfaced unbidden on combat Veterans’ deathbeds. Let “warrior wisdom” show you how the heart can be disarmed from fear and revitalized through love, forgiveness, and self-compassion – a process that “restoreths the soul.” On this webinar, she will share with you the compelling lessons that DYING veterans have to teach us about a phenomenon called Soul Injury and the unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt and shame that cause it.
Deborah Grassman provides you with tools to create a safe emotional environment for our Vietnam veterans so that they can share their stories, heal, and “come home” at last! You will also learn about a simple Somatic Awareness exercise (Anchoring Heart Technique) that can be used with PTSD patients when they are triggered. The value of sponsoring a Fallen Comrades ceremony to heal the unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt that sometimes lingers in war’s aftermath will be provided as well.”
- Webinar Objectives
- Soul Injury Fact Sheet
- Fallen Comrade Ceremony at a Glance
- Boston Globe Article
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Soul Injury: The Aftermath of War that Complicates Peaceful Dying
Vietnam Veteran Beads
Please remember that ONLY Vietnam Veterans can make them and only Vietnam Veterans can give them.
Supplies needed to make Vietnam Beads:
- 25 mm split rings: silver color
- 9 mm Pony Beads yellow, red, and green
- Leather-like black cord
The rings and beads can be purchased online, check Google for inexpensive options.
The cord is cut into 13-inch strips. The colors go in this order (see picture on OP site). 1 green, 2 yellow, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 red, 2 yellow and 1 green; slip knot over the ring and repeat the process. Knots are on the ends of both sides. Safety pins for pinning.