Coping with Accidental Death
Your Stragegy to Coping with Accidental Death
The accidental death of a loved one is usually a jarring experience. No one expects such terrible tragedies to occur and thus in many cases loved ones are not even able to say goodbye, which can add to the mental anguish and emotional pain. Whether it happens through traffic accidents or in any other matter, accidental deaths are shocking and traumatic in nature. If you have lost a loved one recently in an accident, the following information can help you cope in the coming days, months, and years.
Coping in the Immediate Aftermath
In the days immediately following the accidental death of a loved one, you should take life one day or even an hour at a time. Put aside your concerns about the future – they can wait. You don’t have to think about tomorrow, nor should you. Right now, this is the time to mourn. Don’t rush the process; take time to deal with your thoughts and emotions. And remember that no matter what you’re feeling, it is probably natural for you to feel that way.
Once you are ready to take steps towards healing, try following the advice below:
- Establish a routine, make a list of what needs to be done, and maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
- Avoid turning to alcohol or drugs for relief. They may make you feel better now, but in the long run, they will only add to your problems.
- Get plenty of rest – you will need all the energy you can get during this trialsome period.
Short Term Coping Strategies
In the weeks and months following the accidental death of a loved one, the support of family and close friends can be crucial to helping someone cope with their new life. Don’t isolate yourself, but rather, reach out to the ones you trust and hold dear, and have them help you with the following tasks whenever necessary:
- Make arrangements for the funeral, memorial, etc.
- Sort out the decedent’s estate.
- If the circumstances of the death make it a news story, have someone capable and trustworthy step forward to deal with the press.
Professional Help May Be Necessary
The bereavement and grief processes can take a long time to get through, but eventually, most survivors are able to find peace and cope with their emotions. However, some may need professional help moving on in the long term, especially those who turn to drink or drugs, express suicidal thoughts, or deal with their emotions in a violent manner. If a long time has passed since your loved one’s death and you are still struggling with grief, it is highly advised that you seek help from a grief counselor or therapist.
Wilshire Law Firm Is At Your Side
If your loved one has recently been killed in an auto accident caused by another party, please don’t hesitate to contact the compassionate wrongful death attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm for help. We can provide you relief from your financial troubles so you can focus on mourning and finding peace. However, it is up to you to take the first step. Keep in mind that in California, most wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years after the date of death. If you fail to file before the statute of limitations expires, you will lose your right to seek compensation. So don’t delay – call us today at (800) 522-7274 for immediate legal assistance.