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.

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You can try afterburn:

In the field of Psychology, afterburn denotes a effect of past events, which influences the mental state and daily schedule of activities of an individual.

Also, the Merriam Webster defines afterburn as follows:

2 : a period of lingering anger, fear, bitterness, etc., that follows a painful or traumatic event.

Eric Berne, the father of transactional analysis, coined this word.

You can say like this:

  • The afterburn of her murder led her husband to the severe mental disorder.

I think that the word "retrospective" would fit your context.

(1) of, relating to, or given to retrospection (2) based on memory (Merriam-Webster)

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    Commented Feb 3, 2023 at 16:13

An answer to the title question that does, however, need a different matrix sentence is repercussion.

repercussion [noun]

  • (1) an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action


repercussion [noun]

  • the effect that an action, event, or decision has on something, especially a bad effect

[Cambridge Dictionary]

One of the repercussions of her murder was the ensuing severe mental disorder of her husband.

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