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Survivor guilt

Sadock (2003): a phenomenon that is manifested in those who are relieved that someone else has died, and not himself/herself. Persons that survive may believe that they should die, and as a consequence might have problems with establishing new relationships since they might have the feeling that they are betraying the deceased person. Certain ways of denying the death of the lost one occurs during the bereavementMourning, act of bereavement, grief and mourning are terms that apply to the psychological reactions of those who survive a significant loss ... period: in an effort to preserve the lost relationship, the person treasures objects of the deceased or something that is a reminder of the lost one (“linkage objects”).

(T.J.)

References:

  • Sadock, B.J., Sadock, V.A. Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry. Ninth edition, Philadelphia; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003

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