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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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Current as ofApril 7, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineSidney Zisook MD - Psychiatry
Current as of:
April 7, 2019
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Sidney Zisook MD - Psychiatry
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