Losing a loved one in an accident can change your life in a split second. It may seem impossible to move on or even to cope with your loss. Surviving wrongful death is a process and doesn’t happen all at once. Here are several ways you can cope with this devastating situation.
1. Allow Yourself to Grieve
Grief after a loved one passes away is all encompassing and can turn your life upside down. Coping with the loss of a family member in an accident that could have been prevented adds another element to the grief, and it can be difficult to comprehend why this happened to your loved one. Allowing yourself to grieve is important to recognizing your loss and eventually moving forward. Grief takes many forms, and there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to grief after a wrongful death. Be kind to yourself and understand that in order to survive the loss, you must recognize it, feel it and process it in your own way.
2. Consider Counseling
Many people assume they only need counseling after losing a loved one as a result of wrongful death if they’re not dealing with the loss well. However, counseling can be beneficial to moving through the stages of grief in a healthy way from the get-go. Don’t assume that counseling means you’re not doing well, or that you have something to be ashamed of. Taking a pro-active approach to handling your grief can help you in numerous ways. Consider discussing your situation with a counselor at any point during the grieving process.
3. Get Back to Life Slowly & Steadily
Resuming your normal activities and day to day life may seem meaningless without your loved one present. Many people feel this way after losing someone as a result of wrongful death, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking time to get back to your everyday life. Jumping back in with both feet first can be overwhelming, and can result in setbacks in the grieving process. Instead, allow yourself to get back to your life slowly and steadily, piece by piece. There’s no time frame for what is “okay” or “right.” Go at your own pace and know that it’s okay to take your time to learn how to manage your life again without your loved one.
4. Contact a California Wrongful Death Attorney
There are two purposes of a wrongful death lawsuit. The first is to ensure your loved one gets the justice he or she deserves. A wrongful death lawsuit will penalize those responsible for your loved one’s passing, and will reduce the likelihood that the same thing will happen to another person. Secondly, the cost of a wrongful death can be astronomical and a financial burden on surviving family members. A successful wrongful death settlement can provide compensation to cover funeral expenses, any related medical expenses, and can help provide for surviving family members and children in the future.
If you’ve lost a loved one as the result of wrongful death, contact a California wrongful death attorney today to discuss your case. At the Law Office of Carl L. Brown, we have a team of compassionate attorneys who are ready to help you and your family. Call us today at (559) 431-4400.