Grief therapists in Alabama are seeing a rise in the number of clients seeking guilt counseling. There are many reasons you might feel guilt after losing a loved one. The impact of COVID-19 has caused a significant amount of grief among countless families. Overcoming guilt is possible through the help of guilt counseling.
Defining Survivor’s Guilt
When a traumatic event occurs and one person survives while others did not, survivor’s guilt ensues. Common questions that plague the survivor’s mind include “Why them?” “Why not me?” “Why did I survive?” Survivor’s guilt is now actually considered a form of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Certain professions or natural occurrences that commonly result in survivor’s guilt include the following:
- Veterans of war
- Survivors of 9/11
- Those who have beat cancer and watched others lose their battle
- First responders
- Patients who receive transplants from organ donors
- Those who have lost a loved one to suicide
- A parent who has lost a child
- Victims of accidents where others died
- Survivors of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, or tsunami
- Family members not allowed to be in the hospital while their loved one suffered and passed with COVID
Survivor’s guilt can manifest whether you actually caused the tragic event to happen or not. Maybe you were the driver of a vehicle when an accident occurred that resulted in a fatality due to no fault of your own. Just being involved and living through a tragic event can cause PTSD symptoms related to survivor’s guilt. Be encouraged that there is hope. With guilt counseling, you can find freedom.
Garrett Has Grief Therapists in Alabama
Get the care you need with virtual or in-person appointments with grief therapists in Alabama. Our team is standing by to help in all three of our convenient locations, Jacksonville, Albertville / Boaz, and Huntsville. Follow this link to complete a brief “contact us” form, or call (256) 239-5662 today.