HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 27 no. 1 (2006)

Healing the Wounds of War: A Phenomenological Exploration

Angelina Pacifico- Herrera

Discipline: Psychology



This study explored the phenomenon of healing from the trauma of war through the narrative accounts of ten Filipino war survivors from the town of Pikit, North Cotabato, Philippines. Using a phenomenological approach, the study identified the deeper and qualitative dimensions of the healing and reconciliation process including the long-term experiences beyond coping and recovery. The study revealed six interconnected major themes with regard to healing from war trauma: (1) Healing is a process of repairing and making whole again; (2) Healing is a process of ‘coming home’; (3) Healing is a spiral process; (4) Healing is a complementary and cyclical process; (5) Healing has a spiritual and divine dimension; and (6) Healing is peace come to life.