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Grief and critical illness recovery

Annie Johnson

Mayo Clinic

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Former ICU Patients or Their Caregivers, General Public


When we talk about critical illness recovery, we often speak about physical debility, fatigue, anxiety, depression and even anger. But less often do we name another very common experience and emotion - grief. After all, you just survived a critical illness, why would you be grieving? Shouldn't you be thankful, happy even? That may how the outside world interprets your experience, but for your thankfulness and happiness during this time may be very elusive emotions.

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