Survivor’s guilt

Survivor’s guilt is very real and it exists in many emotional forms. Survivor’s guilt is a self-guilt that people experience when they’ve survived a life-threatening situation and others might not have. Someone experiencing survivor’s guilt feels that they have done something wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not.

While it’s not logical to feel responsible for another person’s fate, guilt is not something we necessarily have any control over. Here are a few of the varying symptoms of survivor’s guilt:

  • Having flashbacks
  • Having suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling immobilized, numb, and/or disconnected
  • Having an intense sense of fear
  • Thinking if only I had …I keep thinking if only I had …”
  • Feeling irritable
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Being unmotivated
  • Feeling helpless
  • Experiencing physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, and palpitations

Join with me on Thursday, July 9, for another Beautiful Dying Expo’s Insights, where I will be sharing from my own experience of survivor’s guilt and offer some copying tips on how to survive and turn the pain into power so that you can move forward in your life.

‘The guilt of feeling grateful to be alive is heavy. Wanting to smile about surviving, but not sure if the people you are with are ready. As the world mourns the people killed and viciously slain, I feel guilty about screaming about my leg in pain because I can feel nothing, like the other 49 who weren’t so lucky to feel the pain of mine. I never thought in a million years this could happen. I never thought in a million years my eyes could witness something so tragic. Looking at the souls leaving the bodies of individuals, looking at the killer’s machine gun throughout my right peripheral, looking at the blood and debris covered on everyone’s faces, looking at the gunman’s feet under the stall as he paces. The guilt of feeling lucky to be alive is heavy. It is like the weight of the ocean’s walls crushing uncontrolled by levees. It’s like being drug through the grass with a shattered leg, and thrown on the back of a Chevy, and being rushed to the hospital and told you’re going to make it when you lay beside individuals whose lives were brutally taken. The guilt of being alive is heavy.’

Patience Carter

Pulse Nightclub Survivor

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