What is moral injury? It has to do with an ethical and spiritual crisis in which one feels guilt for behaviors that go against fundamental values. While moral injury is within the individual and, like other traumas, requires an individual healing process, it also requires a very particular communal experience.
Being heard in a safe environment and from genuine empathy can be very reparative for the person who suffers from moral injury: in addition to legitimizing the experience, it allows them to move from the darkness of self-accusation and isolation to the light of self-forgiveness and connection.
Learn more about moral injury and the initiatives and experiments that have been carried out around it and its healing at an individual and collective level through the article “The Hidden Trauma of Moral Injury From Personal Anguish to Communal Healing” by Jack Saul, PhD, psychologist, artist, and director of the International Trauma Studies Program.