I am humbled when I think about the caring attention needed to heal soul wounds. I grew up with good hearted adults who suffered from multi-generational soul wounds. I cannot say that I would want a different childhood, however, because our healed pains help us become who we are. I was called to a life as a healing facilitator because of my own woundedness, and now I am able to help other people be brave enough to acknowledge their own soul wounds, and to be patient as the soul heals itself.
I thank my father for being a good man. He thought he was weak. He was strong enough to encourage me, and for that I am grateful. My work is dedicated to all those in the past, and right now, who think they are weak for feeling the affects of PTSD.
The pain created was great, and the healing has been transformational for Quynn, her family, and now, many others.
One must recognize a “soul wound” in order to heal it.
Quynn’s father — a two tour veteran of the Vietnam war — struggled with Post Traumatic Stress, heart sadness and alcoholism all his adult life. However, he was not diagnosed with PTSD until 1992. Quynn wrote “Accepting the Ashes: A Daughter’s Look at Post Traumatic Stress” to share 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 Quynn Elizabeth’s attempt to increase communication among veteran families so that long-term healing can occur.
“Accepting the Ashes is both an easy read (short, to the point) and a difficult read, because of its truth and directness. The advice is straightforward and obviously comes from the heart. I appreciate what you wrote, and applaud your work.”
Col Charles W. Hoge, M.D., (Ret) Past Director of Psychiatry and Neuroscience Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and co-author of “Battle Mind”
Accepting the Ashes has been used by VA’s, National Guard Family Readiness Programs, and The National Chaplain Center in its Veterans Community Outreach Initiative.
“I commend the author for preparing this very helpful little resource for the spouses and families of our veterans. The descriptions of the struggles of combat veterans with the symptoms of PTSD are very accurate.”
A. Keith Ethridge, M.Div, Director, National Chaplain Center.