Although no one likes to think about death, most parents assume they will die first — before their kids. Because of this, a parent is typically not prepared for losing a child early in life. Unfortunately, many horrific scenarios often claim innocent children, such as defective car seats, other dangerous and defective products, and intoxicated drivers.
Although life may never be the same again, parents who have suffered the wrongful death of a child need to know how to weather the storm. First, parents will experience grief. This intense feeling of sadness may come and go and may reveal itself through disbelief, shock, crying, denial, guilt, anger, depression, and physical symptoms such as increase or loss of appetite, oversleeping or sleeplessness, fatigue, headaches, stomach aches, weakness, trembling, achiness, and many other symptoms.
It is important for affected parents to understand these feelings and symptoms are a normal reaction to the loss they experienced; however, it is critical that they seek medical attention in case one of these symptoms is a sign of another health concern. Also, bereaved parents should join a support group to learn how to deal with their new reality and to help in the healing journey.
Because parents who have suffered the loss of a child will experience a great deal of emotional and physical pain, many friends and family members don’t know what to say to them so they often say nothing at all. In light of July being worldwide Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, the Law Offices of David Benenfeld would like to encourage family and friends of bereaved parents to offer a shoulder. Be there to listen, hug them, and let them know they are not alone. Also, encourage bereaved parents to join support groups and to seek legal advice.
If you or a loved one has lost a child due to a wrongful death, it is important that you seek the advice of a trusted attorney. To find out about your rights in a free, no-obligation consultation, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 and speak with a wrongful death attorney in Florida today.