SOUL INJURY: LIBERATING UNMOURNED LOSS AND UNFORGIVEN GUILT
Deborah Grassman writes of soul injury, “Not only can the body and brain become injured during trauma, the mind and the heart can be injured as well. PTSD programs are responding well to these wounds. Beyond the mind and the heart, however, is the soul. The soul is the repository of a person’s truth – and it often carries the PAIN of truth. No matter what we do to try to run away or numb it from our minds and hearts, the SOUL holds the pain – holds the truth of what was experienced. The primary source of Soul Injury is unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt. These Soul Injuries can become neglected, generating symptoms of their own.” (OpusPeace.org)
Whether a combat veteran, first responder, victim of sexual assault, crime, accidents, natural disasters, abuse, or neglect, pain can harbor itself in one’s soul culminating in long-term and complicated grief. Death of loved ones, loss of one’s health, betrayal by a significant other, and other life altering events can destroy one’s ability to realize forgiveness and hope. Still, in the grace of God, healing is possible once the injury is acknowledged, and the journey with professional and pastoral support leads into reconciliation with one’s self and our Creator. Seeking out guidance and counseling for this pain is not an admittance of weakness, but a reaching for strength that is available and offered to those who would be made whole.
Daybreak Counseling Services through Hospice Foundation of America is hosting a two-hour webinar on Soul Injury. This free presentation will be on June 7, 2017, 10 a.m. until Noon, at Connection Community Church, 100 West Green Street, Middletown, DE 19709. Professional CEUs for 2 hours are available from Hospice Foundation of America for $10 upon completion of an exam to be completed by the end of 2017. Clergy will receive .2 CEU’s for attending. Register by June 5, 2017 by emailing Rev. Constance Hastings, firstname.lastname@example.org
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify and define an overlooked, unassessed wound: Soul Injury.
- Describe the importance of acknowledging and addressing soul injury, especially in at-risk populations.
- Compare and contrast traumatic soul injury, insidious soul injury, PTSD, and moral injury.
- Identify the impact that soul injuries have on family, personal caregivers, and professional caregivers.
- Describe how stoicism, fear of emotional pain, unmourned loss, and unforgiven guilt/shame contribute to the creation and perpetuation of soul injuries.
- Learn how to support others in the cultivation of honesty, courage, and humility to disarm the fearful heart through love, forgiveness, and self-compassion so that personal intimacy can be achieved
- Discuss re-owning and re-homing processes that facilitate Soul Restoration.
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love…Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my shameful deeds—They haunt me day and night.” Psalm 51:1-3 (NLT)