If you are among those in Texas who understand what it's like to get a phone call at a random hour informing you that a loved one has been in a car accident, then you may also know what it's like to experience the sudden, unexpected death of a spouse, child or other immediate family member. There is no replacement for the loss of human life. When your loved one died, you may have felt as if someone ripped the ground out from underneath you.
At the same time, you understood that your life will go on without the one you love and that you must somehow pick up the pieces and move on. In the days and weeks that follow the collision that took your loved one's life, such goals may seem impossible. However, there are several things that might help you cope, which other people who have suffered similar tragedies say have proved helpful in their situations.
There is no one, specific way to grieve
While many well-meaning people might encourage you to be strong or tell you to think about other things instead of your loved one's tragic death, it's important to realize that there isn't a script for grieving. Your process will not be the same as any other person's is or was. The following ideas might provide encouragement and support:
- Ignoring a problem never makes it go away. Therefore, it is not only okay, but may be critical to your healing process to acknowledge your grief and allow it to unfold.
- There's something to be said for being able to share your experiences with someone who can relate. That's why many Texas families find it helpful to join community grief-support groups after losing loved ones suddenly in collisions.
- You might feel sad, lonely or isolated as you cope with your loved one's passing, and that is perfectly normal. However, if you suspect you may be suffering from depression, you can reach out for additional support.
- Navigating the grieving process often includes a wide range of emotions, such as anger, deep sorrow, confusion, fear, anxiety or emptiness. These are all natural consequences if you have suffered the shock of a loved one's sudden death.
Taking things day-by-day may be the only way to function after this sudden and unexpected tragedy turned your life upside down. As time goes on, you may also want to speak with someone who is well versed in personal injury law, especially if your family member might still be here today were it not for another driver's negligent or reckless behavior behind the wheel.