Disaster relief guide uses broad definition of spiritual health

Light Our Way provides spiritual health tools to assist disaster relief workers while they are performing and recovering from their response efforts. The document is noteworthy, because it uses concrete and useful advice that may be particularly valuable in enhancing resiliency among faith-based and community organizations. Much of the information on emotional health and cross-cultural communications also may be useful for a secular audience. It should be noted that the listed funders and task force members for this document represent Christian denominations and United Jewish Communities. Some of the recommendations may need to be considered for their appropriateness within a different religious or cultural context. State and local health agencies may hesitate to incorporate spiritual guidance in their pandemic preparedness materials, yet this document acknowledges a fairly broad definition of spiritual health and provides useful information and support for disaster workers and clergy. Hard copies of this publication are available from NVOAD free of charge, with a shipping and handling fee.

Light Our Way provides spiritual health tools to assist disaster relief workers while they are performing and recovering from their response efforts. The document is noteworthy, because it uses concrete and useful advice that may be particularly valuable in enhancing resiliency among faith-based and community organizations. Much of the information on emotional health and cross-cultural communications also may be useful for a secular audience.

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