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Spiritual and Religious Growth

Spiritual and religious growth during and following traumatic situations may be a significant factor in resilience during and thriving following the traumatization. This entry discusses spiritual and religious coping mechanisms of individuals who have survived trauma. It is important to help survivors interpret, or reinterpret, these coping mechanisms if they are to come to healthy spiritual and religious growth.

Growth While Enduring Trauma

There are many ways in which a person suffering trauma may use spiritual and religious resources to survive as well as to grow. Some resources include the singing of songs or chants, retelling of faith stories as they relate to the situation, and feeling a sustaining spiritual presence during prayer or meditation. These resources help bring hope into situations of utter hopelessness and despair.

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