How to cope after losing a loved one in an accident
Losing a loved one is never easy, but when their life is taken as a result of an accident, it can make it even harder to deal with. With no warning, no illness, and the rest of their life to look forward to, you may feel like you’ve been cheated, and it can take longer to get over the loss. There will likely be extra formalities that you need to contend with too, due to their death being the result of an accident.
It will never be an easy thing to deal with, but if you follow some of these tips, it may help you cope a little easier.
Ask for help arranging the funeral
You may have clear ideas as to how you want the funeral service to be handled. Perhaps you have certain memories you want to be relayed or a specific poem or song to be recited or played. Write down your wishes and thoughts as you think of them then ask for help to implement them.
Planning a funeral is hard at the best of times, so don’t try to do it alone. There will be many people eager and willing to help, so take them up on it and distribute various tasks amongst friends and family.
Speak to a personal injury lawyer
If you lost your spouse or partner, you may find yourself in a detrimental financial situation, which could cause further issues for you later down the line. Perhaps they were the breadwinner, or you have a young family to support and are worried about how you will cope.
Although it may be the last thing you want to think about, it’s a good idea to find out if you are entitled to compensation. Personal injury lawyers specialize in pursuing claims where accidents have led to injury or fatalities. Although it’s a good idea to speak to your insurance company, it’s also wise to establish whether there are grounds for a personal injury claim.
Give yourself time to grieve
It’s common to go into autopilot for the first few weeks following a loved one’s death. Formalities need to be taken care of and paperwork completed, which means that you need to stay focussed and hold it together. It is important, however, once all those things are dealt with to give yourself time to properly grieve.
Many people are so affected by the death of a loved one that they don’t ever let themselves cry or truly let go of the anguish and heartbreak that has been building inside of them. If you feel this is something you are struggling with, speak to your doctor. They can put you in touch with grief councilors who can talk to you and help you to manage the loss and emptiness you may be experiencing. Losing a loved one to an accident is one of the most terrible things you will ever go through, but with some time and a bit of self-care, you will get through it.
By Nabeel Ali