David Marks Staff asked 4 years ago

What spiritual issues surrounding a disaster can arise for individuals

What spiritual issues surrounding a disaster can arise for individuals, communities, and health care providers?

I have to explain the answer in the context of a natural or manmade disaster. Can you help me understand how a community health nurse can assist in the spiritual care of the individual, community, self, and colleagues? Thanks!

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David Marks Staff answered 4 years ago

The spiritual element of post disaster trauma is an overlooked domain. As of now, the priority is on physical and psychological rehabilitation. While the psychological, here, is a category used to address a person’s mental and emotional health, it does not quite cover an important part of a person’s reaction to disasters: her image of her connection to the world. The spiritual aspect includes the essential frameworks like moral and religious ones, that give a person her perspective, her worldview, a point of view through which things come to mean something.
The main effect of a natural disaster is disorientation. People’s disorientation often lingers on the cause, the very unexplainable and unpredictable nature of it. A closely connected issues is how a person deals with her condition: is she overwhelmed by the unfairness of it? If a person seems to be generally bitter/ resentful, this may say something about how she would respond to community programs. Is she more likely to look for help within or without? Another related issue can be survivor’s guilt. Religious frameworks, though they dont exhaust the spiritual dimension, feature prominently in a person’s reaction to disaster- a natural disaster can cause changes as momentous as a breakdown of everything that a person believed.