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Processing emotions when faced with a loved one's sudden death

Nothing could have prepared you for the moment you answered the phone and learned that your loved one was involved in a fatal car accident. Only those in Texas and beyond who have suffered similar losses can relate to the utter shock and devastation you experienced in the moments and days that followed that initial call. Picking up the pieces and moving on in life after a sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences of a lifetime. 

You hopefully have strong family support to help you cope with your great loss. Many Texas families who have faced similar situations in the past have found it helpful to reach out for additional support, perhaps by attending community family groups or licensed counseling, or by pursuing consultation with experienced legal advocates, especially if a death was caused by someone's negligence.  

When sudden tragedy abruptly changes daily life 

It's never easy to suffer the loss of loved one; however, in situations of terminal illness, families often have time to share their thoughts and spend time together as a loved one's final time draws near. When a fatal car accident takes the life on a spouse, child or parent, those who suffer the loss are suddenly hit with devastating sorrow that can be difficult to process. The following list includes helpful ideas that can provide much-needed support when grieving a loved one's sudden death:  

  • Leaning on others for support may be a key factor toward healing. If you don't have other family members to rely on, you may want to reach out for support in a community program, local church or other established program.
  • While you may want to be strong and independent as you learn to move on in life without your loved one, it is always okay and often helpful to accept people's offers of support and assistance. 
  • Because a sudden death so abruptly disrupts your daily life, your capacity to cope is greatly diminished; therefore, it may be helpful to rely on professional support to help you process your emotions and address any legal issues that may arise in the wake of your loved one's death.
  • Maintaining as much of a sense of normalcy as possible can help get life back on track after a sudden, unexpected loss. 
  • It's a good idea to go about your daily routines as you feel capable of doing so. It's also okay to temporarily set your chores or daily tasks aside if you feel the need. 

Sadly, the shock of a loved one's sudden death leads some people to become reclusive and turn away from those closest to them. This tends to make the grieving process even more difficult because rarely can a person cope with such loss alone.  

Addressing the fact that someone else caused your loved one's death 

Learning that another person's negligence caused your loved one's death may intensify your sorrow. Many people struggle emotionally in such situations, torturing themselves with thoughts as to whether they could have done or said something to prevent the situation. Texas law allows grieving family members to file wrongful death claims to seek justice on behalf of deceased loved ones, which often helps people who obtain closure and justice in the wake of sudden tragedy.

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