Veterans, the hidden wounds of war, and soul repair

J.M. Grimell

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To better understand how deployment in war zones and/or combat may inflict emotional wounds upon veterans, researchers, clinicians, and caregivers it was
recently started to focus on the concepts of moral and spiritual injuries. Such injuries may remain undiscovered during psychiatric screening for posttraumatic stress dis-order. What is often missing, however, is a conceptualiza-tion of the part of the self which is implicitly related to emotional wounds caused by moral and spiritual injuries. This article utilizes a number of historical and contempor-
ary conceptualizations of what is called the soul, and their implications for pastoral and spiritual care of emotionally wounded veterans. Moreover, it explores the use of biblical stories in pastoral and spiritual care among veterans suf-fering from moral and spiritual injuries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353–363
Number of pages11
JournalSpiritual Care
Issue number4
Early online date12 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


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