Having someone close to you pass away is always difficult. When you believe that the death is due to neglect or wrongdoing committed by another, such as a careworker or doctor, the pain can be even harder to bear. Here are a few tips to help you keep your head up and cope effectively at a time like this.
1. Meet with a wrongful death attorney.
Did you know that, as a family member of a loved one whose death occurred due to negligence, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit? You can sue the responsible party for costs related to the funeral, and also for the pain and suffering you are not experiencing due to having to live without your loved one. It's worth meeting with a wrongful death attorney to learn more about your rights. If you share the details surrounding your loved one's death, the lawyer can tell you whether or not you have a strong case. Filing a lawsuit won't bring your loved one back, but it will raise awareness and help ensure that the person who wronged your loved one does not do the same thing to others.
2. Talk to others who share your loss.
In your sorrow, you may have a tendency to clam up and keep your emotions inside. But when you stay quiet, your emotions — especially when they contain a mixture of hurt and anger — tend to grow larger and bolder. Even if it is hard at first, the best thing for you is to talk about your loss with family and friends who also knew the deceased. You can lean on each other for support at this trying time.
3. Remember your loved one at their best.
Although it's perfectly fine to feel all of those sad, angry emotions, take some time to recall your loved one in all of their glory. Reminisce on good memories, look at old pictures, and remind yourself that they lived a good life in spite of its early end. Reading some books on celebrating life can also help. You may even want to pop in a movie about love and loss, such as P.S. I Love You.
When negligence results in someone being taken from you before your time, it can be hard to keep your chin up. But by pursuing a legal case, remembering your loved one positively, and sharing your emotions with friends, you can come to terms with the situation. For more information, contact your local wrongful death attorney services.