A fatal accident can leave lasting emotional harm to a family that’s grieving. Although compensation may be available that addresses losses and expenses in a wrongful death claim, it doesn’t erase the pain and ongoing challenges of trying to cope with the loss of a loved one.
There are a variety of resources available to aid in the grieving process and help families cope with the death of a loved one. Books and support groups are examples. Although it can sometimes be difficult to reach out for help, families who do this may benefit greatly.
Helpful Resources for Families Coping with Death
Seeking counseling or some type of therapy is one way to work through the many emotions involved in dealing with the loss of a loved one. This can come through an independent medical professional – such as a psychologist – or one who works in a clinic.
In Pennsylvania there are several support groups that may meet a family’s needs:
- The Center for Grieving Children Teens, and Family;
- Highmark Caring Place;
- Drew Michael Taylor Foundation;
- Olivia’s House; and
- Family Lives On Foundation are some examples.
General programs that may be of assistance are:
- The Center for Loss and Bereavement;
- Pathways Center for Grief & Loss; and
- Grief Share.
There is even a camp through The Moyer Foundation that children can attend called Camp Erin. Online there are numerous resources, such as Legacy Connect, which offers suggestions on books, media, poetry and organizations that could be of help when coping with death.
Coping with a Wrongful Death
Losing someone is difficult enough without the reality that it was preventable. When someone’s careless or reckless actions cause a death, it can create additional emotions that make navigating the grief process and figuring out how to cope with a loved one’s death even more challenging.
There is no preparing for an unexpected death. Shock is oftentimes the initial feeling that many experience in such situations. Everything may seem like it’s nothing more than a bad dream that will eventually end. But as the reality sets in, it can stir up new emotions.
Oftentimes families feel anger, such as at the drunk driver responsible for the death. Guilt can accompany these feelings. Some family members may feel responsible or think they could have somehow prevented the accident.
Know that these and other shifting feelings are normal. Don’t try to stuff them down or deny their existence. The aforementioned resources are a great way to connect with others who have gone through something similar. Talking to a professional individually and/or as a family can help after the loss of a loved one.
It’s also important to educate oneself about the cause of death. This provides the opportunity to seek justice when necessary. Find out what you can do to ensure that not only all financial losses are compensated, but there is remedy for the emotional injuries suffered as well. Contact a lawyer at Cordisco & Saile LLC to learn more: 215-642-2335.