Is it okay to feel relieved?

Yes, it is okay to feel relieved, however it is rare to have this feeling in isolation, it is often intertwined and accompanied by a whole host of conflicting emotions. Feeling relief is a common emotion, especially when someone you love has died as a result of a long term illnesses or you have had an uncomfortable relationship with them.

Remember all bereavement experiences are individual. Feeling relieved does not diminish all of your other emotions. Talking to someone may help you make sense of your emotions and thoughts.

The definition of relief according to the Oxford English Dictionary

  1. The act of removing or reducing pain, anxiety, etc.

  2. The feeling of happiness that you have when something unpleasant stops or does not happen.

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