PEACE AT LAST
Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families
Deborah L. Grassman
978-0-918339-72-0 | Trade Paper | 240 pages 6x9 | Acid Free Paper | Index
What they are saying about Peace at Last…
… presents important information for healthcare providers and family members. It will help all of us to better understand the unique experiences and characters of veterans…this book explores various ways that serious trauma can be integrated into a healthy life.
Daniel R. Tobin, M.D., Director, The Center for Advanced Illness Coordinated Care
Author, Peaceful Dying, From the Foreword
As President of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, I commend this book to you as both instructive and inspirational. Deborah Grassman paints a picture of loving clinical care for veterans and their families. All American caregivers who are involved with veterans (professionally and personally) must read this book. It is a gift to us all.
Donald Schumacher, Psy.D. President and CEO,
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Their stories, meant for other veterans and those who love them, serves as quite the inspiration. Peace at Last is something to be enjoyed by anyone who is searching for peace themselves.
Over the past 25 years, I’ve cared for veterans of World War I and every war since. If I had had the insights I now have through Deborah and this book, I’d have been a better doctor and a better son. For every person who cares for veterans, knows a veteran, loves a veteran, or is a veteran, this book will bring enlightenment, healing, or both. Frankly, our nation needs to read this book, prepare to cry, and let the healing begin.
Thomas Edes, M.D., Director, Home and Community-Based Care
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Stories range from stoic World War II and Korean War vets who've never talked about their sorrows, fears and feelings of guilt to Vietnam veterans who've spent decades suffering from the traumas of battle and negative public reaction they received when they came home from one of the nation's most unpopular wars.
Evansville Courier Press
…a book for caregivers, family members, and vets…offers their stories juxtaposed with hospice experiences and lessons in an inspirational fine guide.
As a hospice nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the author often
heard the comment, “Isn’t your work depressing?” during social and
professional gatherings. Like many others, she had begun her career with the
same prejudice and fear. Because she feared death itself, she was unaware
that she could find peace, joy, and fulfillment in caring for people at the
end of their lives. She had no special training in caring for veterans, and
she had no reason to think that veterans’ needs were any different from
nonveterans. With time and experience, however, she began to realize that
these veterans had experiences and training that made them different from
other hospice patients. Likewise she began to understand that she could
learn lessons about peace from people who were trained for war; that
warriors often have wisdom that, paradoxically, shows us how to live in
peace with each other and within ourselves.
In Peace at Last, Deborah Grassman takes the reader on a journey of
understanding and growth. While caring for thousands of veterans in a
hospice setting over a 25-year career in a VA hospital, she gathered the
veterans’ stories of pain and redemption, personal awakening, and peace.
Then she crafted these stories into an unforgettable book. Designed to help
caregivers, family members, and veterans themselves understand the impact of
war and military culture on lives and emotions, Peace at Last
contains veterans’ stories, hospice experiences, and a series of appendices
providing sample materials.
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