Dealing With Guilt After a Loss
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It is common to feel some kind of guilt or regret after losing a loved one, an opportunity, or a valued way of life.
If you find yourself feeling guilty about a past action or inaction, set aside time to think about your feelings and work through the following exercise.
Be gentle with yourself during this exercise. When looking back on something in your past, you can usually see the situation more clearly and think of a better way to handle it. Remind yourself that you did the best you could, given your circumstances at the time.
If you are having trouble forgiving yourself, talk with a trusted friend, a member of the clergy, or a health professional. Sharing regrets or guilty feelings with another person often helps us overcome them.
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Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofOctober 10, 2017
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