For those impacted by disaster, the sudden and profound loss of ‘normalcy’ can disrupt everything and turn their world upside down. That’s why we believe chaplains serve a vital role in providing spiritual care when disaster strikes.
This work is not for everyone. Answering the call to help impacted individuals, families, communities, first responders, and other relief workers cope can require much from spiritual care providers.
In addition to empathy and compassion, solid principles for practicing appropriate and respectful spiritual care are required.
Spiritual care in a disaster includes assisting individuals, families, or communities in drawing upon spiritual perspectives as a source of strength, hope, and healing.
Assessing and providing for the spiritual needs of people in crisis can rekindle hope and nurture resilience. Specific strategies for spiritual care during the various phases of disasters include many kinds of caring gestures. Understanding these strategies and how to apply them effectively is essential to bolstering strength, healing, and well-being in people impacted by disasters.
I.F.O.C. became a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to connect with the nation’s most reputable national deployment organizations. This allows us to share knowledge and coordinate resources throughout the disaster cycle of preparation, response, and recovery.