Understanding And Coping With Survivor Guilt

When a devastating accident causes the death of loved ones, especially family, and leaves us unharmed with just a few scratches, often we thank the stars for the big save, but others sulk in guilt, anger, and shame. Relatives tell you how happy they are that you’re safe, but deep inside you can’t shake that feeling of, “Why not me,” or, “Why didn’t I just die with them,” or worst, “How could I have not done anything to save them?”

These blame-worthy remarks are real and can come from an individual experiencing survivor guilt.

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