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St. Luke's University Health Network Offers 'We Honor Veterans' Program on November 27

St. Luke's University Health Network Offers 'We Honor Veterans' Program on November 27

Speaker is Author Deborah Glassman, Author of Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans

Deborah Grassman

Deborah Grassman

Bethlehem, PA (11/13/2012) - In celebration of Veterans Day and National Hospice month, St. Luke’s Hospice presents We Honor Veterans – a special program on coming to the end of life.

“I am excited and honored to be bringing Deborah Grassman, a nationally recognized nurse and author, to the Lehigh Valley for this special event,” shares Rev. Anne G. Huey, Spiritual Services Manager, St. Luke’s Hospice. “Her work at Bay Pines VA Medical Center inspired her, grounded her work and opened her awareness to what Veterans have to teach us all about coming to the end of life.”

Deborah Grassman was a Nurse Practitioner at Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida for nearly 30 years where she was the Director of the Hospice program. She was the person who first identified the unique needs of veterans as they face the end of their lives. Deborah recently retired from the VA and provides education and consultation throughout the country.

Her book, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans, is used by multiple agencies to learn about the effects of past trauma on the quality of a person’s dying process, the influence of the various cultures of war on dying veterans, stoicism and warrior wisdom.

“With millions of vets aging, and with more than 80 percent of all veterans dying outside VA hospitals, the significance of this educational program for civilian hospice and palliative care providers is critical,” continues Huey. “This program will focus on the aging veteran population, primarily those who served in Vietnam, Korea and World War II. Issues such as military culture, trauma and PTSD, stoicism, forgiveness, pain management and grief will be addressed.”

This inspirational event is open to the public.

Event details:

We Honor Veterans presented by Deborah Grassman, ARNP and author:

  • Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle
  • Forgiveness: A Pathway to Peace
  • The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill
  • Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families

November 27, 2012
9 am – 4 pm (sign in begins at 8:30 am); lunch will be provided
DeSales University, University Center
Pre-event registration is required; $10 registration fee
For more information or to register, contact St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) or visit www.sluhn.org/hospice.

An application has been submitted to PA-NASW for 6.0 social work contact hours and an application for contact hours has been submitted to St. Luke’s University Hospital, an approved provider by the PA State Nurses Association.

A conversational follow-up session with Deborah Grassman will be held at Laros Audtorium, Doctors’ Pavilion, St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem on November 28, 2012 from 10 am – 1 pm. Participants will have the opportunity to develop practical processes and applications that are responsive to the unique needs of their situations.


Contact Information

Denise Rader
Director of Network Media Relations
484-526-4104