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How can I deal with the anguish of my loved one's untimely death?

A loved one's tragic death can bring up many feelings in the people who are left behind to grieve that loss. Anguish, anger and denial are some of the possible emotions that you might feel. Because the loss is so sudden when your loved one is killed in a horrific accident, you might feel like you are unable to cope with the loss. As time progresses, you will likely find yourself going through the five stages of grief.

What are the five stages of grief?

The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. In denial, you might not be able to believe that your loved one is gone. You might then feel angry that someone's negligence took your loved one's life. You might find yourself trying to bargain your loved one back to life. You might begin to feel too sad to function. Finally, you will be able to accept the new normal for your life without your loved one.

What should I do while I go through the five stages?

The most important thing is to remember to take care of yourself. When you take care of yourself properly, you will be able to focus on your emotional healing. You should also spend time with your remaining loved ones so you can feel the love from them and spend time reminiscing about the loved one you lost.

Ultimately, you might decide that you want to seek compensation for your loved one's death. This can be done through a wrongful death lawsuit that can get you compensation and hold that person liable for your loved one's death.

Source: Focus on the Family, "Coping With Death and Grief," Patricia Johnson, accessed Feb. 05, 2016

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