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Psychospiritual Impact of Disaster

Disasters affect communities and individuals in many ways. The most apparent of these is the ecological and environmental, but wherever people are affected, there will be psychological and spiritual impacts that may continue long after the restoration of the physical environment. The term psychospiritual is used in this context to describe the holistic psychological and spiritual state or perspective of a person or community of people.

Since the earliest times, disaster and spiritual influence have been understood as standing together. The English word disaster originates from the Greek pejorative prefix dus- and aster (star), thus literally meaning “bad-starred.” This comes from an ancient astrological understanding that disasters are caused by events beyond the control of mortals and are shown as ill omens in the heavens. Ancient ...

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