Expected deaths can have detrimental emotional effects on surviving family members. An unexpected death exacerbates these emotions and can cause debilitating shock.
For family members and anyone close to a victim of wrongful death, emotional recovery can take years and require ongoing support. When those affected by another’s negligence understand some critical coping strategies, they can know where to turn for help.
Negligence and suffering
Wrongful death can happen in a number of ways including texting and driving, careless behavior, product malfunctions and property hazards. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, both negligent or willful behavior can cause the death of another. The fact that the victim’s death would most likely not have happened if the perpetrator had acted more responsibly makes the victim’s death wrongful.
In circumstances where victims’ families have a harder time proving negligent behavior contributed to their loved one’s death, the emotional trauma can last longer and hurt deeper. Families can work with legal professionals to gather and organize evidence that shows that their family member suffered a preventable, fatal outcome at the hands of another.
Recovery and acceptance
Sorting through emotional trauma takes time. According to Psychology Today, the five stages of grief include denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. In many cases, people may reach one stage only to revert back to a former stage later on. Managing grief and moving forward with recovery will most likely require therapy and ongoing intervention.
People should seek support as they work toward accepting what has happened with their loved one. With time, they may begin to feel happiness and contentment again. With adequate support, people may find ways to live their life in honor of their deceased loved one.