Goshen Home Care & Hospice to host Soul Injury program and discussion

February 26, 2018

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Home Care & Hospice announces a two-hour Soul Injury education program to assess and respond to acute and chronic trauma in individuals. The free event will be held Tuesday, March 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Jennings Auditorium of Greencroft Community Center. Continuing education credits are available.

Opus Peace partnered with Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) to create the Soul Injury program. Soul Injury is defined as a spectrum of penetrating wounds caused by unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt/shame that causes one to become separated from their own sense of self.

The program features national speaker and author, Deborah Grassman, CEO of Opus Peace. During her 30-year career doing hospice at the Department of Veterans Affairs, she cared for more than 10,000 dying veterans: “I often saw a liberating shift as the dying veteran reviewed their life, grieved their losses, and forgave themselves and others. They would then sometimes ask, ‘Why did I have to be dying to learn how to do this’?”

Grassman explains that this was the impetus for starting Opus Peace, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. “Dying veterans have taught us how to cultivate honesty, courage, and humility to disarm the fearful heart through love, forgiveness, and self-compassion so that wholeness can be restored.”

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Identify and define overlooked, unassessed Soul Injuries
  • Compare and contrast traumatic Soul Injury, insidious Soul Injury, PTSD and moral injury
  • Discover how stoicism, fear of emotional pain, unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt/shame contribute to the creation and perpetuation of Soul Injuries
  • Learn how to support others to disarm the fearful heart through love, forgiveness and self-compassion so that personal intimacy can be achieved

“We’re excited to bring this program to our community. We believe many people can benefit from participating,” said Wyndy Rice, BSN, RN, CHPN, hospice manager for Goshen Home Care & Hospice, who is sponsoring the event, along with Greencroft Retirement Community and Rieth Rohrer Ehret Funeral Home.

To find out more or register for this event, call Goshen Hospice at (574) 364-2700 or email gbrumbau@goshenhealth.com. If you are interested in attending, please register by March 9.