survivor guilt

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Self-blame and recrimination for having survived the loss of a loved one, in particular one who has completed suicide or was involved in the same RTA/MVA

survivor guilt

A grief reaction marked by feelings of depression, loss, or responsibility experienced by persons who have survived an event in which others have lost their lives (e.g., a war, holocaust, or epidemic illness).
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Thayer's father had gone down with the ship; haunted by his loss and survivor's guilt, Thayer sought to honor his father by recounting the painful memories of his harrowing near-death experience.
Some experience combat flashbacks and survivor's guilt, while others continue to struggle with readjusting to civilian life.
LITERARY - Jodi Picoult, who writes about ripped-from-the-headline topics, now tackles the Holocaust and survivor's guilt. (*** May/June 2013)
Lukas said, "My villain, The Illuminator, is a messenger who delivers atonement for the poison fog of survivor's guilt. If 'Special Operations' is remotely autobiographical, to write it helped me sort out my own survivor's guilt related to the way Stephen died.''
"I almost have survivor's guilt. I feel like I made it out alive and I'm doing OK, but I'm not sure everyone else can because [it] has gotten so much worse."
His memoir begins in childhood, when he hears the voice of Jesus from a statue, and ends with a return to his childhood neighborhood to find that statue, deal with his survivor's guilt, and reconnect with remaining family.
"If we were held together and they had been randomly taken out and shot, then I think there would have been more survivor's guilt.
Famed as a rising tennis star, he joined activism with former President Theodore Roosevelt in his own way of facing survivor's guilt. "Starboard at Midnight" is a moving bit of biography and history, very highly recommended reading.
Mr Boomgaarden said Jack, who flew home following the crash, was suffering from "survivor's guilt" as the only member of the group to escape with his life.
There is, of course, another side to this depiction of our careers in terms of survival: survivor's guilt, a guilt that results from one's awareness that so many qualified individuals are experiencing working conditions so much worse than one's own.
layoff survivors are stricken with survivor's guilt and anxiety, assuming that it is only a matter of time before the other shoe drops.
Survivor's guilt, lethargy, and outmoded thinking will not enable you to survive in today's business environment.

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