Overcoming Emotional Distress After the Wrongful Death of a Loved One

April 10, 2017 | By admin

The loss of a loved one has an immeasurable impact on a person’s life. It can be extremely difficult knowing that someone you loved and cared deeply for is no longer with you. Death, after all, is nearly impossible to comprehend, especially when the death occurred in a way that could have been avoided. Though it is difficult, it is important to remember that life does go on. Recognizing your emotional distress is the first key to maintaining a healthy approach to the loss of your loved one.

Emotional distress is a state of mind and being that affects the survivors of a loved one. Emotional distress encompasses a wide variety of emotions. such as anger, resentment, despair, and denial. Emotions this severe can physically affect the body in many adverse ways. Insomnia, loss of appetite, headaches, and chest pain are among the most reported physical ailments people go through. These feelings are often amplified in wrongful death cases due to their often avoidable nature. In wrongful death cases, blame and distrust arises and fighting can feel hopeless.

Take Your Time

The first thing to bear in mind is that everyone heals at their own time. Emotional distress and loss affects many people in different ways. While some experience feelings of distress right away, others may not feel the reality of their loss sink in until weeks, or even months, after the death has occurred. Both are normal for a person who has lost someone. If you feel distressed right away, remember that it is a very difficult thing to come to terms with. If you do not feel distressed right away, do not feel guilty – take time to process your emotions in a healthy manner. This could mean time away from work, taking a short trip, spending time with your loved ones and more.

Seek Counseling

Making peace with the loss of a loved one could be greatly helped by seeking out a therapist or grief counselor. They are equipped with studies, exercises, and specialized training to make some sense of the loss of your loved one. An experienced counselor could also assist you in maintaining your mental and physical heath through this trying time.

Seek Legal Advice

The emotional scars left behind after the wrongful death of a loved one can last a lifetime. In the time you take to restore your mental health, you may understandably miss out on your regular pay. You may fall behind in the day-to-day bills, making your financial situation difficult and making a stressful situation much, much worse.


If you are experiencing emotional distress due to the loss of a loved one, you may be eligible to recover financial losses. Let the compassionate advocates at Lombardi and Lombardi take care of the legal matters. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.


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