Pendampingan Pastoral yang Memberdayakan Penyintas Sinabung yang Mengalami Trauma


  • Indah Sriulina Gereja Batak Karo Protestan



relocation of memory, pastoral care, Sinabung, trauma, empowerment


Hidden trauma within the survivors of an erupting Mount Sinabung has made it difficult for survivors to think objectively about the future—a limitation that has "contaminated" them, with regard to the past. Concerning this disaster, ongoing from 2010 until now, the urgency for physical relocation is clear. Nevertheless, this remains an unheeded warning. To address this issue, the author articulates here a method of pastoral care with the intent to affect physical relocation. Rather than rushing ahead to the end result, the author instead forwards an alternative approach, namely, the relocation of memory. Relocation of memory describes a method of pastoral care that assists in recognizing the danger to come if survivors remain unwilling to undergo physical relocation. Relocation of memory thus helps survivors to realize that life moves on, even with certain trauma.


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Author Biography

Indah Sriulina, Gereja Batak Karo Protestan

Indah Sriulina graduated with a bachelor's degree from Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Fakultas Teologi, Salatiga, and a master's degree from Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat dan Theologi Jakarta with focus on Pastoral Theology. She currently serves as a minister in Gereja Batak Karo Protestan di GBKP Ketaren, Kabanjahe. Her research interests include pastoral counseling, theology and pastoral care, especially in relationship with trauma. 


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Wawancara oleh penulis dengan Netta Sembiring, Sumatera, Indonesia, 12 Juli 2015.


2016-12-30 — Updated on 2016-12-30

How to Cite

Sriulina, I. (2016). Pendampingan Pastoral yang Memberdayakan Penyintas Sinabung yang Mengalami Trauma. Indonesian Journal of Theology, 4(2), 194-214.