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For her two-plus decades as a hospice nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Deborah Grassman has often heard the comment, Isn t your work depressing? Like many others, she had begun her hospice career with that same prejudice. She feared death itself, and because of that fear, she was unaware that she could find peace, joy, and fulfillment in caring for people at For her two-plus decades as a hospice nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Deborah Grassman has often heard the comment, Isn t your work depressing? Like many others, she had begun her hospice career with that same prejudice. She feared death itself, and because of that fear, 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 that can assist with healing.


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For her two-plus decades as a hospice nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Deborah Grassman has often heard the comment, Isn t your work depressing? Like many others, she had begun her hospice career with that same prejudice. She feared death itself, and because of that fear, she was unaware that she could find peace, joy, and fulfillment in caring for people at For her two-plus decades as a hospice nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Deborah Grassman has often heard the comment, Isn t your work depressing? Like many others, she had begun her hospice career with that same prejudice. She feared death itself, and because of that fear, 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 that can assist with healing.

40 review for Peace at Last: Stories of Help and Healing for Veterans and Their Families

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chapters Health System

    Deborah L. Grassman writes from 25 years of nursing experience about veterans finding peace at the end-of-life. Presently a hospice nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Pinellas County, Florida, Grassman takes readers through an eye-opening journey about her career and how its changed her for the better. She admits to experiencing trepidation in her younger years about being with individuals who were dying, but as she has grown and learned from her patients, she now considers caring Deborah L. Grassman writes from 25 years of nursing experience about veterans finding peace at the end-of-life. Presently a hospice nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Pinellas County, Florida, Grassman takes readers through an eye-opening journey about her career and how it’s changed her for the better. She admits to experiencing trepidation in her younger years about being with individuals who were dying, but as she has grown and learned from her patients, she now considers caring for terminally ill individuals, particularly veterans, one of life’s highest honors. Ms. Grassman says that one “can’t heal what you don’t feel.” She spends a good portion of her book sharing veterans’ experiences and the difficulty these individuals often have expressing feelings because of their military training and learned stoicism. Ms. Grassman also focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its repercussions on veterans and their loved ones. She addresses death and grieving and encourages readers to connect with the veterans they love by being totally open to hearing what they have to say. This book is a great read for veterans who will surely identify with the short stories contained therein and Ms. Grassman’s wisdom. Veterans’ family members and those who care for veterans will also benefit from what Ms. Grassman has to share. Review by Jane Freeman, Communications Specialist, HPH Hospice

  2. 5 out of 5

    Betty Silvia

    Surprizing insight and details of how combat affects people. Wonderful lessons for us all.

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    Angela Boivin

    Anyone working in healthcare needs to read this book so when they encounter a veteran they know how to relate, care for them, and heal them.

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    Fantastic read for any human with feelings

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