From overwhelming feelings of anger towards the people and/or forces involved, to feelings of insecurity and vulnerability at the thought of the fragility of life, the spectrum of emotions in these types of cases are huge. So how does one even begin to cope with the aftermath of a wrongful, sudden death of a family member?
What is ‘Wrongful Death’?
In the state of Arizona, the law defines a wrongful death as one that is caused “by wrongful acts, neglect or default.” In layman’s terms, if a person (or a group of people) act in a negligent manner that results in the loss of life of another individual, the surviving spouse, child or parent of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim to be compensated for financial or monetary damages.
Dealing with the Emotions and Grief Associated with Wrongful Death Cases
- Keep in mind that everybody grieves differently: There is no right or wrong way to feel during the various stages of grief. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to grieve in the way that feels most natural to you, and if you feel that you are not grieving in a healthy manner, speak with a counselor or professional.
- Don’t set a timeline: Even after you have gotten through the most overwhelming stages of your grieving process, there will still be times when these same feelings and emotions hit you unexpectedly. This is natural, and although you will always have feelings of sadness attached to the event (no matter how much time has passed), it is important to accept your feelings and take life one day at a time.
- Get back into a routine: While it is important and acceptable to take time to focus on your loss and the grief that you are feeling, most people find it helpful to return to a normal routine after a certain period of time. Slowly start adding enjoyable and healthy activities back into your life such as more rest, exercise, balanced meals and fun outings with family and friends.
- Seek out professional help: Give individual and/or family counseling sessions a shot. Both are great resources to help put complicated emotions, as well as individual grieving processes into perspective.
While focusing on your grieving process as soon as possible is always an integral step, it is important to remember that in almost every case, a court will refuse to hear a wrongful death case if it is not filed within two years of the date of the death. With over 30 years of experience, Simon Law Group will provide you with a talented wrongful death attorney who will stand up for your rights and work hard to obtain the best results possible. Call us today at 480-745-2450 or click “Contact Our Firm” to learn how you can get a free and confidential consultation.