Analysis Of Coping With Survivor Guilt And Grief

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Alexander Hamilton was distraught over the death of his eldest son. Chernow describes Hamilton at his son’s funeral, needing to be held up by family and friends due to his extreme distress. Writing to many of his friends, Hamilton spoke of the despair he felt regarding the loss of his son. After Philip Hamilton’s death, Robert Troup mentioned “never did I see a man so completely overwhelmed with grief as Hamilton has been.” The death of Philip Hamilton was clearly a devastating event that brought grief to Alexander Hamilton’s life. In the early morning on July 11th, 1804, Alexander Hamilton found himself in the exact same position his son had been in only three years earlier. Due to severe personal issues between Aaron Burr, Hamilton’s political…show more content…
It typically involves heightened emotional reactions, including, but not limited to, intense anxiety, overwhelming guilt, and emotional shock. She also mentions that survivor guilt is not constrained to survivors of disasters but can be experienced by any person involved with the disaster, such as first responders, doctors, and therapists who have to deal with the aftermath of the traumatic experience.
In another article, entitled, Coping with Survivor Guilt and Grief, the author identifies two other important symptoms of survivor guilt. A major symptom many people who suffer from survivor guilt experience is an angry emotional response. Many people feel extreme rage, and will even desire to enact revenge on what they believe to be a cause of the traumatic event. This article also mentions that many people suffering from survivor guilt, and trauma in general, might experience suicidal thoughts, and other related thoughts of self-harm, due to the extreme emotional responses associated with
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Gale Encyclopedia identifies the following factors in the stress/diathesis model: family stressors (including divorce and economic hardships), a loss of a socially accepted moral system, the decline of religion and other social groups outside of the family structure, geographic moves, a greater idealization of suicide in the media, and methods like firearms, tall buildings, and medications that create an easier and more accessible path to
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