Health Care Workers Face Pandemic Trauma

Health Care Workers Face Pandemic Trauma

We need to expand our understanding of trauma. Often, attention goes to the military and their experiences of “soldiering,” but a wide range of experiences results in trauma. The child removed from a dangerous home only to be placed in a dangerous foster care...
Some Clergy Unequipped to Minister to Abused

Some Clergy Unequipped to Minister to Abused

Most Protestant pastors (73%) believe they are “somewhat equipped” for trauma care ministry, but they feel less able to effectively minister to those who have experienced forms of abuse, according to a Barna Group report published Aug. 4. For example, 88% feel...
When Your Trauma Triggers Itself into Vivid Remembrance

When Your Trauma Triggers Itself into Vivid Remembrance

It is impossible to overestimate the impact of a traumatic experience on any individual or group. In my experience – with myself and with others – the injury that occurs when an assault takes place on body or mind has lasting and unpredictable aftereffects. I offer an...
A Eulogy of Sorts for the Mother I Knew Too Briefly

A Eulogy of Sorts for the Mother I Knew Too Briefly

I am an orphan in fact now, not by design, though I was that as well. My mother died Friday evening, March 20. Hazel Elaine Smith (Ewing), 90 years old, who said a year ago she hoped she’d fall asleep and never wake up and was ticked as the dickens when the sun rose...