Webinar #8: Recognizing and Responding to Chronic Sorrow: Revitalizing the Weary Hearts of Veteran Caregivers
Do you sometimes feel alone, undervalued, or misunderstood as a caregiver of a Veteran? Nobody ever said it would be easy to care for a disabled Veteran, but nobody ever said it could be quite so hard either. Caregivers often experience chronic sorrow by facing significant losses that have no foreseeable end. American culture does not value sorrow so, understandably, we often disconnect from its pain. By disconnecting from the part of self carrying the pain, we unwittingly contribute to the loss of energy, emptiness, and compassion fatigue that disconnection causes. Connecting with the part of self generating the pain, paradoxically, restores wholeness.
co-founders of Opus Peace, Pat McGuire and Deborah Grassman (author of Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families) for a perspective that is sure to expand your knowledge and skill in revitalizing the weary caregivers’ heart that is wary of any further changes in their ever-demanding life.
Guest Speakers included:
Deborah Grassman ARNP is CEO and co-founder of Opus Peace, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (www.OpusPeace.org). She provides programs that respond to the soul injury that occurs during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. She is the author of two books: Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families and The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We were Born to Fulfill. After 30 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner at aEaster Seals Serving DC | MD | VA Palliative Care program, she is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for aging Veterans, as well as their families.
Patricia McGuire, RN, BSN, CT, is COO and co-founder of Opus Peace, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (www.OpusPeace.org). She is an ADEC-certified bereavement counselor specializing in grief and traumatic loss. She provides programs that respond to the soul injury that occurs during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. She is a contributing author in two books: Improving Care for Veterans and Caring for a Veteran. She is an ongoing facilitator in Florida’s Trauma Recovery for First Responders program.