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Community Life - Caring for Our Veterans Workshop

January 21, 2015
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Hospice of the Valley 4850 Union Avenue San Jose, CA 95124

Deborah Grassman is a mental health Nurse Practitioner whose career at the Department of Veterans Affairs spanned nearly 40 years. She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life. Deborah will cover two very important topics regarding Veterans and end of life.

Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle session objectives:

  • Describe the emotional, social, spiritual, moral injuries sustained by combat veterans and their families and how these impact their quality of life.
  • Identify tools that respond to guilt and shame at the end of life so that a peaceful death can ensue.
  • Verbalize influences that a military culture exerts on combat and non-combat veterans and their families.
  • Briefly describe the major components of PTSD.
  • Outline 3 combat/dangerous-duty veteran trajectories requiring different treatment plans.
  • Identify appropriate assessment and intervention for combat and non-combat veterans.
  • Identify tools for combat or dangerous-duty veterans, including: rituals, therapeutic letter-writing, and forgiveness.

Good Grief session objectives: - Identify “normal” grief vs. “complicated” grief.

  • Identify the special grief recovery needs of veterans and their families.
  • Identify the fundamental role of rituals in facilitating grief recovery.
  • Identify the fundamental role of letter-writing in facilitating grief recovery.
Hospice of the Valley address_block 4850 Union Avenue address_block San Jose, California, 95124 address_block 408-559-5600 address_block Email: hospicevalley@sutterhealth.org