Losing a loved one is always difficult, but more so when it comes unexpectedly from a wrongful death.

The level of grief can be more severe, especially when the death could have been prevented. For many, overcoming these types of tragedies can be hard – emotionally, mentally and financially. Grief counseling can offer insights on how to come to terms with your loss and find some level of peace to continue living your life after a significant loss.

While friends and family may want to help you through your grief, they may not understand all the implications of dealing with a wrongful death. Losing someone due to a preventable accident or medical malpractice can spur different emotions, as well as other issues, versus long-term illness or age-related deaths. It is important to have someone that is knowledgeable and experienced in this unique area of bereavement that can understand what you may be experiencing and give you tools to move forward.

Why You Should See a Grief Therapist

Grief is a natural state after a significant loss in your life and one that most people endure. However, even if you have suffered grief in the past, you may find the loss after a wrongful death to be more intense and more difficult to endure. Seeing a grief therapist can have many benefits, especially if you are struggling to understand why this happened to someone you love. Here are some of the benefits you may gain by going to professional bereavement counseling if your loved one was a victim of wrongful death.

  • Coping skills. Grief therapists are trained professionals that have extensive education and training in coping with grief. They understand the different emotions you may be feeling and can offer coping skills to handle these different emotions. Every person is unique in how they experience loss, especially with a wrongful death. Having someone who can give you customized coping skills for your specific difficulties can help you manage how you overcome this tragedy in your life.
  • Someone to listen and understand. Those going through the stages of grief need someone to listen, and HEAR their pain. While your family and friends may be sympathetic and listen, they are not equipped to hear what you are saying and offer advice on your situation. A grief psychologist or counselor can listen and advise you on the best way to move forward past your pain.
  • Dealing with anger. The five stages of grief coined by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in 1969 are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. However, in wrongful death, many have a difficult time moving past anger. Death is part of life, but when someone is taken from you by the actions of another person, it can spur anger. Many of those suffering from grief due to wrongful death can be overcome by anger that can impact their ability to move on. Grief therapists can help you manage, understand and come to terms with your anger so you can move through the grieving process.
  • Learn to find acceptance. No amount of time, counseling or even justice can bring back the person you lost. Yet, accepting the loss is vital to take back your life. Grief counseling is a way to find a light to follow toward gaining acceptance of your loss. Allowing grief to consume your life means that the perpetrator of the wrongful death of your loved one is continuing to take from you and your family. A grief therapist can help you find your path to acceptance and a way to take back your life again.

When You Should Seek Bereavement Counseling

Not everyone needs to see a grief psychologist, but for many, it can be very helpful and rewarding. Anyone who finds it difficult to move forward after losing a loved one can benefit from grief or bereavement counseling. However, there are some that may gain more benefits than others, including:

  • Those struggling with depression from the loss of a loved one
  • Anyone obsessing with the details of the death of a loved one
  • Feelings of emptiness or loss of meaning in their life
  • Inability to reminisce or enjoy happy memories of the deceased
  • Those not able to work or function due to sadness/anger

Grief counseling can be the first step to putting the stages of grief behind you. It will never turn back time, but it can help you move forward and find ways to enjoy the life you have and the loved ones that are still here.

Legal Aspects of Wrongful Death

For many, the wrongful death of a loved one is more than just an emotional event. While you can receive grief counseling to move on, you may also be facing financial and other concerns due to the wrongful death of your loved one. Our experienced legal team at Greening Law, P.C. can help you pursue a wrongful death claim and handle the legal aspect of the tragedy that occurred while you focus on healing.