When a loved one is the victim of a wrongful death, your feelings of loss can overwhelm you. We offer some tips to help you during your time of need.

Tools to Help You Process a Loved One’s Wrongful Death

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coping with a wrongful deathGrief from the loss of a loved one can stay with a person for years. Unfortunately, insurance companies may try to take advantage of your grief and offer a low settlement in situations related to wrongful death. They do this because you and your family are distracted by the shock of the sudden passing. You may be distraught and overwhelmed, making it easier for an adjuster to convince you to settle on his terms.

As a law firm that takes on hundreds of wrongful death cases, we think this type of behavior is deplorable. We want to make sure you have the tools you need to help process your grief, as well as to fend off insurance companies attempting to take advantage of your loss.

Grieving Without Giving In

The four most important pieces of advice you need to remember when dealing with the emotional aftermath of a wrongful death are:

  1. Acknowledge that your feelings are important. Despite everything else that may be going on in your life, especially when it comes to the details of the funeral, legal claims, and insurance, you need to acknowledge your feelings. Although it may seem justified to push your feelings aside in order to deal with the logistics of the loss, your feelings are important—and a lot stronger than you may think. Pushing them aside could result in increased anxiety, mental fatigue, and poor decision making. It’s best to focus on your feelings in the moment, and proceed through the seven stages of grief before making any decisions.
  2. Understand that there’s no “right” way to feel. People grieve and process loss differently. Trust your feelings—not someone else’s. Common emotions you may experience include anger, guilt, remorse, hatred, helplessness, sadness, and numbness. All of these feelings are perfectly acceptable and normal. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that your feelings are wrong.
  3. Allow yourself to accept help. Getting help with planning and duties during your time of grief is not only acceptable, it’s a good idea. Taking some things off your plate can allow you to focus on your feelings and better understand them. Professional help may also be necessary to ease the transitions that your loss has set into motion. There’s no need to feel embarrassed or scared to ask for help—whether it be friends and family, a psychiatrist, or an attorney.
  4. Remind yourself that emotional recovery will take time. Don't expect a quick recovery. Although some people can run through the grief stages almost simultaneously, others need time to process. In some cases, this process could last weeks, months, or years, without ever fully ending. But that’s okay. As long as you push through, identify and acknowledge your feelings, and continue to work toward acceptance, you’re allowed to have moments of sadness and grief.

Coping with a loved one’s unexpected death is hard enough without having to worry about the legal ramifications.  You need to be able to grieve on your own terms, without worrying about the persistent impositions and sneaky schemes of the insurance company. Attorney Andrew Kim can help you get the time and space you need to properly mourn your loved one, without sacrificing your legal rights. Contact our office today and see how the Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC can assist you with putting things right after a wrongful death. Don’t hesitate. Call now to ensure your family’s rights are upheld.

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