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Why do I feel guilty after the death of a loved one?

Guilt evokes a sense of failure, remorse, and regret. Questions about what you might have done to avert the death may gnaw at you. Guilt may also arise when a relationship was rocky and conflicts remain unresolved, or when the emotions you feel—numbness, anger, relief, or even surges of happiness—don't seem to jibe with what other people think you should feel. When a death follows a long or difficult illness, caregivers may feel guilty about feeling a sense of relief.

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