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Coping with the wrongful death of a loved one

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2021 | Wrongful Death

The death of a loved one can be heart-wrenching no matter what, but when it was the result of someone else’s actions, it can be even more difficult to bear. Going to court to get justice on behalf of your loved one and your fellow bereaved can help you find some closure. 

Legal action alone is not enough to heal the pain that you feel. This can come with time and with the help of a support system. However, it can be an unpredictable process. Here are some suggestions for how you can make this difficult time a little easier. 

1. Accept what you feel

Your feelings in response to your loved one’s death may range from anger to exhaustion to sadness. You should not wonder whether what you are feeling is “normal” because whatever you feel in response to the death is normal. Therefore, you should acknowledge and accept your feelings without passing judgment on yourself. 

2. Spend time with others

Chances are good that others who were close to your loved one are going through something similar. You can help them to cope with their grief by spending time with them and remembering the deceased person by sharing stories. By helping others to feel better, you may feel that you are able to cope more easily as well. 

3. Take care of yourself physically

There is a connection between physical health and emotional health. Paying attention to the former by exercising, eating healthy foods and getting adequate sleep can counteract the toll that working through grief can take on the body. It may help elevate your mood as well. 

You should not isolate yourself from others in your grief or avoid talking about what is bothering you. The feelings do not go away if you ignore them; they just become more difficult to cope with.