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Description: Natural disasters such as the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal recently are devastating; producing pain, hardship and a great deal of stress. This is, of course, most true for Nepalese people at home or abroad, worrying about friends and relatives but also for others hearing about, seeing the effects of, thinking about and empathically resonating with the people in and around Kathmandu. A psychologist, Sandra Wartski reflects on all of these in a blog post about the event and her relationship to and feeling about the earthquake and its aftermath.

Source: Nepal’s earthquake: reflections, resources and resilience – Your Mind Your Body – Sandra Wartski

Date: May 5, 2015


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The stress and strains that follow as a result of a natural disaster such as a major earthquake are immense. Their effects are felt not just by the local survivors but also by others who hear about and empathically resonate with the ordeal of those close to the epicenter of the quake. In her blog, psychologist Sandra Wartski provides links to a number of good resources for thinking about our own and others thoughts and feeling when reflecting on such natural disasters – from managing your own feelings to understanding how others may react and how to talk with children about such world events Dr. Wartski gives us a lot to think about.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How might people here in North American (or anyone outside of Nepal) be effected by the earthquake (and its consequences) in Nepal?
  2. What can people do if they are finding themselves overwhelmed ort immobilized by news and related coverage of natural disasters such as the earthquake in Nepal?
  3. What should parents do in relation to their children’s exposure to or questions arising from media coverage of natural disasters or other world events like the earthquake in Nepal?

References (Read Further):

The National Child Trauma Stress Network, Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Earthquake,

The National Child Trauma Stress Network, Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after an Earthquake,

American Psychological Association, Managing your distress about the earthquake from afar –