Reflections on Guilt

Mental Health Issues – Reflecting on guilt…new post by C.R. Murphree

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health

“The problem with surviving was that you ended up with the ghosts of everyone you’d ever left behind riding on your shoulders.”

-Paolo Bacigalupi, The Drowned Cities

The feeling of guilt should be added to the five stages of grieving. It’s an extremely powerful and true feeling that attacks your soul. It’s the desperation of wanting to die because you think you were the cause of the person’s death that you lost, which can be much more intense than the other five stages. The guilt of living, of being a survivor is strange to me. Shouldn’t we want to live? Living is an accomplishment. I’m not talking about longevity as much as quality. To live a long life that is not fulfilling is tragic.

There is guilt to surviving when you know the person that died had the same pain as you, the darkness and dreariness that depression so often…

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