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Coping with the Loss of Your Home
“I miss my home” was the Facebook message Liz Farrell boldly posted. Those words were on top of a photo of her home, for all of her Facebook friends to see. It was written only a few short days after Hurricane Sandy whipped her distinct and devastating effects on the East Coast. And, Liz was not alone in facing this devastation. According to figures released by the offices of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, approximately 377,000 homes in both states were damaged or destroyed by this powerful storm.
In some cases, people’s entire lives were spread across their front lawns looking more like oddly shaped sand dunes, than prized personal possessions. The aftermath of this storm made it all too clear how powerful Mother Nature can be. And those directly impacted, realized life would not return back to normal; at least not anytime soon.
Every year millions of people are affected by both human- caused and natural disasters. There are a number of factors which impact the severity of these stress reactions. The amount of exposure to the disaster, gender (woman are more vulnerable to the negative affects than men), age and level of support ... more
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