Coping With Grief and Seeking Support from the Emotional Toll of Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death On Friday, September 15, 2023

The unexpected loss of a loved one is a major life event after which you will never be the same. The death of someone close to you can take an enormous emotional toll, causing immense distress, mental anguish, grief and bereavement. Anything you are feeling after the death of a loved one is normal. Help, guidance and support are available in your community as well as from the wrongful death lawyers at Loughlin & FitzGerald, P.C. during this difficult time.

What Is Wrongful Death? 

While losing a beloved family member is distressing under any circumstances, it can be even more difficult to cope with a wrongful death. This is a death that is caused by the careless, reckless, negligent or malicious actions of another person. If you believe that someone else is responsible for causing the loss of your loved one’s life, such as a reckless driver in a fatal car accident or a doctor guilty of deadly medical malpractice, you may suffer significant mental and emotional trauma.

Coping With the Five Stages of Grief

The five stages of grief are a common emotional cycle experienced by someone after the devastating loss of a loved one’s life. They are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The stages of grief can be intense, particularly after the loss of a spouse, parent or child. It is important to recognize the stages of grief, accept your feelings, and take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally through healthy coping mechanisms.

Loss may be a natural part of life, but an unexpected death can still lead to shock, confusion and mental anguish – including prolonged periods of sadness or depression. Learning personal ways to cope with grief can help you heal over time. Examples include talking to a professional psychologist or licensed mental health professional. Talking to someone can help you mourn your loved one without being completely consumed by your grief.  

Support Groups for Bereavement and Grief in Connecticut

A support group can introduce you to other people in your community who understand what you are going through and empathize with the personal experience of losing a loved one. Support groups for bereavement and grief in Connecticut include: 

Attending a support group virtually or in person can give you a chance to tell your story, express your feelings, talk about your experience, learn healthy coping mechanisms, connect with others who are sympathetic to your plight and provide mutual support.

Seeking Compensation for Wrongful Death in Connecticut

Grieving family members may be able to find a sense of closure through a wrongful death claim in Connecticut. Bringing a civil action against one or more parties for negligently causing the death of a loved one can hold someone accountable and give the victim a voice in the civil justice system. This can make it easier to look toward the future with hope and acceptance.

In addition, a compensatory award from a wrongful death claim could pay for surviving family members’ pain, suffering, grief, mental anguish, loss of consortium and other intangible losses. Economic damages may also be available to help grieving loved ones pay for necessary support, including therapy or counseling.

If you wish to discuss the possibility of filing a wrongful death claim to seek justice for your recent loss, contact Loughlin & FitzGerald, P.C. for a free consultation with one of our caring and compassionate attorneys. We understand what you are going through and are here to help.

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