Spiritual Care After a Disaster

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When a disaster strikes whether it is natural or manmade, it comes with emotional effects of trauma such as stress which include anger, sadness, anxiety, fear, and irritability. The aftermath of a disaster lingers than the destruction itself and become a long term issues. The 9/11 disaster has past but the people who suffered the loss are still going through the trauma of bereavement and fear. It is evident that after this type of crisis individual, group, and community suffer loss of property, love ones, cultural unity and spiritual belief in isolation. Although they are given material supports and even moral supports, it cannot be compared with the spirituality effectiveness that survivors gone through. This is a major issue which needs to be addressed apart from medical treatment, I strongly believe that spiritual restoration should be put in place to help resolve the immediate crisis and help restore the victim to a sense of normalcy or level of functioning equal to or higher than prior to the crisis.
Most disaster survivors tend to look for higher power as a source for strength and hope during these difficult times. Therefore spiritual care providers should be made available to assist them to regain their trust in God and healing of minds. Community nurses are among the first group of people to reach the survivors therefore they are obligated to serve, care, and comfort them, They should also console the victims of their spiritual distress by listening to their stories without interruption, providing a sense of safety and security, and helping them to find resources such as pastoral care and if appropriate pray with them.…...

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