Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle

Many military experiences impact peaceful dying for veterans – even though their deaths might occur decades later. The stoic military culture, combat training, and war itself can change a veteran in fundamental ways. Emotional, spiritual, social, and moral injuries they have sustained impact them throughout their lifetime, especially as they face death. This video sensitizes viewers with the unique needs of veterans as they age and face the end of their lives. It provides enlightenment to both healthcare providers as well as veterans and their families.

This version of Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle updates Deborah’s original, pioneering 2004 DVD that was widely distributed across the country to awaken the nation to the unique needs of dying veterans. This video has new information, as well as a moving slide presentation, We Support You Too, that provides an opportunity for veterans in the audience to be acknowledged and thanked for their service. It also has an interview with the son of a Marine. Although not intended to be representative of family life in the military, it provides points for provocative discussion while sensitizing viewers to possible issues for military families – the unsung heroes who often receive no recognition for their service to our country.

Creative Cocooning: Cultivating Courageous Caregiving

We don’t get sick alone (if we are lucky). We will need a caregiver. Most of us know little about cocooning or caregiving. As the catepillar spins its cocoon, it entangles those around it. If caregivers are not careful, they become enmeshed too. This video demonstrates a creative, metaphorical teaching tool that helps caregivers embrace cocooning without becoming enmeshed in it.

Frozen in War – Trailer

The Welcome Your Soldier Home (WYSH) Project Documentary searches for a solution to the growing epidemic of suicides among active-duty soldiers and veterans. The movie shows soldiers that life after war can still be meaningful, even though they may continue to live with the changes war has put them through. The film explores practical and effective strategies some soldiers are using to recognize and embrace the transformation that starts when a soldier goes to war, and that must be completed before a soldier can recover from the psychological and moral trauma of war identified by Grassman as “soul injury.” Interviews are done with Iraq vet and suicide survivor Andrew O’Brien, noted authors and veteran counselors Edward Tick and Deborah Grassman, and a cast of other experts, veterans, and active-duty servicemen and women.

We Support You Too

This slide show depicts military scenes that foster an appreciation for those people who serve their country. Shown at the end of Deborah’s Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle presentation, it is a powerful reminder about veterans’ service and sacrifice.

Unsung Heroes: Family Members of Veterans

This video is an interview with the son of a career-Marine. It was made spontaneously by Deborah during the filming of Wounded Warriors when the cameraman identified with many of the issues she was talking about. Although not intended to be representative of family life in the military, it nevertheless, provides talking points for provocative discussion while sensitizing viewers to possible issues for military families. It reminds us that the military not only affects individuals, but whole family systems.

Living and Dying Healed: An Interview

Interviewed by award-winning commercial film-maker, Burton Greenburg, Deborah discusses philosophical issues surrounding life, death, and aging.

ACCEPTING THE ASHES

”Accepting the Ashes” is a 58 minute audio book, written and narrated by Quynn Elizabeth, now offered for free to anyone who needs it. Her father did two tours of duty in the Vietnam war. He struggled with Post Traumatic Stress, Soul Injury, heart sadness and alcoholism all his adult life. Quynn wrote this book after he died in 2004. She shares her personal story so that other loved ones and soon-to-be veterans, who are fighting right now, might not have to wait 30 years to heal their painful feelings often caused by experiencing war-related stress. “Accepting the Ashes” is for American military men and women, and all those who love them.