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Recovering from the sudden death of a loved one

Coming to terms with a sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can be extremely difficult. You may have been going about your tasks and duties on an average day when you got a call informing you that your family member had suffered serious injuries in a Florida motor vehicle accident.

If your loved one later succumbed to those injuries, your life was no doubt forever changed. Additional information regarding the accident may have intensified your grief, such as learning that prosecutors filed drunk driving charges against the other driver. The realization that your loved one’s death may have been prevented may cause feelings of anger and a strong desire to seek justice on his or her behalf. The good news is that there are strong support networks in place for people in your situation.

Overcoming the shock of a loved one’s untimely death

No person can say or do anything to reverse the hands of time so your loved one can still be with you. Every person’s grieving process is different. The following ideas, however, may help ease your suffering and point you in the right direction for support:

  • There is no specific formula for mourning. There is also no set time limit regarding how long it should take for you to be able to resume daily routines. Allowing yourself time to process the situation and address each emotion as it arises are key factors toward your recovery.
  • There are often community support groups, online networks and others available who can relate to your experience and provide encouragement as you learn to live without your loved one.
  • Some people find it very helpful to reach out to others, perhaps by volunteering in their communities or simply helping friends or family members as a means of processing their own grief. This type of activity can help reposition your focus, so you are not thinking solely about the tragedy that took your loved one’s life.
  • Emotional stress can adversely affect physical health. If you experience ill-health symptoms, such as stomach ache, inability to sleep, lack of appetite, sudden weight loss, etc., it’s a good idea to seek medical attention, and to let your doctor know you recently suffered the untimely death of a close family member.

Try not to lose hope as you do your best to adapt to life without your family member. Processing a sudden, unexpected loss takes time , but with support, it is often possible. As for legal issues associated with such situations, many family members of Florida accident victims find it productive and helpful turning to experienced personal injury attorneys for guidance.