Coping with an Unexpected Death
It isn’t uncommon for people to react very strongly when something unexpected happens. And when the unexpected event is the death of a loved one, it brings with it shock and disbelief. Most families find it very difficult to deal with the unexpected death of someone they love, and many also find it very difficult to acknowledge that the person has left them forever.
Things You Can Do
People become distressed with the thought that many things have been left undone or unsaid, and they rue missed opportunities as well. In situations such as this, there are certain things you can do to cope with the unexpected loss you have suffered.
- It’s important to be proactive and acknowledge that you are going through a difficult time and enhance certain reactions. In many ways, this lends more meaning to all the things you are experiencing while in mourning.
- You may also feel a shift in social identity, a sense of financial insecurity and sometimes a dip in physical health. These are things you shouldn’t overlook and should make it a point to address them in the right manner.
- You also need to anticipate certain philosophical challenges. This is especially true when the unexpected death of your family member or friend involves violence or trauma. Understanding that you are going to feel these challenges, would also help you face them in a better way.
It’s important to discuss what you are feeling with someone close to you. Sharing your grief can help lessen the shock and sadness that you are experiencing. As mentioned earlier, it’s important that you focus on staying healthy and find ways to keep yourself occupied with normal day-to-day activities. Over time, you will feel the grief fading and you will be better able to deal with the situation.