I am here to get a single word any that can describe the effect or impact of past events . . . for instance, if someone's wife was brutally killed and murdered, and his husband miss him a lot, he always thinks about the past events spent with her wife and weeps a lot for a long time over her murder. Then finally the husband of that woman get an effect on his mental as well as physical health due to the past events.
Meanwhile, a teacher of mine suggested me one hyphenated term that is after-effect, it means:
an effect that follows after the primary action of something.
I think the term after-effect only suggest the primary actions of something, but doesn't clearly define about the past events. Is there any specific, single word that denotes the meaning which I want here?
Example with blank:
the _____ of her murder led her husband to the severe mental disorder.