What does recovery look like after traumatic experiences

Absolutely amazing post. I can relate on so many levels! One line in particular validates everything I shared in my post earlier today, “Part of recovery requires honest reflection of the damage done.” Well worth the read…

Musings of a Christian Psychologist

After trauma, what does recovery look like? Is it possible to “move on?” How can you when you can never unsee or unremember what happened to you?

Is it possible to experience joy rather than emotional pain when remembering past or ongoing hurts? If so, just what does that look and feel like for the victim? What can be expected if I am “healed”? Can I be free from the typical experience of trauma (e.g., Hopelessness, despair, anxiety, confusion, shame, anger, loss of identity, feeling stuck but the demand to act as if the trauma did not take place, and spiritual angst over the goodness and love of God)?

As Diane Langberg has so aptly reminded us, “Trauma is the mission field of this century.” Around the world there is much openness to talk about the impact of trauma and to use spiritual practices as part of the recovery process…

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4 thoughts on “What does recovery look like after traumatic experiences

  1. What a timely article. While I know I am recovering, healing, etc, and I do believe it takes longer for some than others, I often wonder this very question myself, “What does recovery look like?” Thank you for sharing this post.

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    • Hi Lynette,

      It really is such a good question. What can we realistically expect? What does healing look like? One thing is for sure, our lives will always be impacted by the trauma we have faced – the question is how?

      May God richly bless you as you pursue healing and restoration,

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  2. Kamea,
    Thanks for sharing this post…lots of nuggets of wisdom…This: “Nurture recovery as you would a tender plant. It is a scandalous act of grace!”….and her reminder of what to expect realistically as you work toward healing…many blessings of His peace and grace to you.

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    • I loved that line too! And I loved the idea of allowing some weeds to grow alongside the tender plant for a time – that weeding done too early might lead to devastating loss of the tender shoot. This gives me hope that it is okay that I still struggle in some areas, while I have found freedom in others. Everything in God’s timing.

      Thanks for visiting and God bless,

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