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
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.
October 17, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
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