Guilt and self-blame
- "If I had been a better person, my dad would still be alive."
- "It's my fault the car accident happened. I got angry last week and told my Mom I wished she were dead."
- "I feel so terrible. The last time I saw my best friend, we had a fight, and now he's dead."
It's so easy for us to think, "If only I had done this, or not done that, this person would never have died." It can be the worst feeling in the world and keep us from ever fully working through our grief. It's important to not even go there. If you find that feelings of guilt and blaming yourself keep eating at you, it's time to get help dealing with them.
- "My mom died, and now I'm afraid the same thing is going to happen to my dad."
- "My sister got hit by a car, and now I'm always thinking about how I could be hit by a car too."
- "I'm afraid of what is going to happen to my family now that my dad is no longer here to earn money."
When someone close to us dies, it's normal to have fears about our own death, or who might die next. We become painfully aware of how fragile life can be, and the reality of death is clearer than ever. We might also be afraid of big changes in our family, and wonder how everyone will cope without the person who died.
Although death is natural and will happen to all of us someday, being obsessed with and worrying about it can keep us from the exact thing we're trying to hold on to: LIFE.
So all of these feelings and emotions are NORMAL. Still, it's important to start working through them so you can heal. The first step is to: Let It Go, Let It Out.