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Coping with the sudden death of a loved one

Losing a loved one in a tragic accident is something that you hope you will never have to deal with. When this nightmare becomes your reality, you might not be prepared to cope.

One of the first things that you will have to do is make sure that you are taken care of. If you are the person who is left to make your loved one's final arrangements, this might be difficult. However, it is one of the only ways that you can make sure that you are able to get everything done. Here are some tips to help you as you deal with this horrible situation.

Be prepared for anger

You are likely going to be angry at the person who caused the accident that claimed your loved one's life. This is normal, but you have to make sure that you handle the situation appropriately. Acting out isn't going to accomplish anything, so try to avoid just "going off" on everyone around you. Instead, use your anger to fuel positive action, such as exploring your right to seek compensation for your loved one's death.

Let others help you

People will likely come out of the woodwork to help you during this traumatic time. It might be tempting to try to be strong and handle everything yourself, but this might actually do more harm than good. Accept offers for help and take the extra time you have to focus on yourself. Try to get some rest and make sure that you are eating enough to keep your strength up.

Don't bottle up your feelings

You might be tempted to bottle up your feelings. Doing this is natural for some people. You should try not to, however, because there is a chance that it could lead to a huge meltdown in the future. If you have someone you trust that you can talk do, contact that person. If you don't have anyone you are comfortable speaking to about the situation, consider finding a mental health professional who can help you work through all of the feelings and emotions you have because of your loved one's tragic death.

Work one day at a time

The days and weeks after the loss might be especially stressful and taxing. Try to take things one day at a time so that you don't get overwhelmed. It is easy to think about the to do list for the next month, but this might lead to your thinking that you can't get it all done. Instead, focus on what you need to do to get through today. "One day at a time" is all anyone needs to be concerned with.

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