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By Jim Adler November 2, 2015

After a loved one dies in a car wreck or other accident, survivors often experience wrenching grief. To cope with their grief, they may need to seek grief counseling or therapy.

While our law firm is filled with compassionate people, we are not grief counseling professionals and instead advise our clients to seek grief counseling elsewhere. However, our injury lawyers have seen and helped thousands of people who face grief to varying degrees, and we are well aware of the enormity of grief, the toll it can take and the need to overcome it with therapy or grief counseling. You can rest assured we will handle your injury or death claim with sensitivity for your loss.

Losing a parent, child, sibling, spouse or close friend can be one of the most emotionally difficult times of anyone’s life. Such grief can turn into clinical depression, which is a debilitating medical condition. So it’s vital that those who are suffering from grief get skilled if not professional help in dealing with it.

How to Choose a Grief Counselor

As for how to choose a grief counselor, you have many possible avenues to explore. Before you begin, it’s important to acknowledge that grief is not a form of weakness. Rather, grief is normal, and most human beings experience it as they go through life.

Grief can involve a mix of many different feelings, some of them conflicting. A person who is grieving may feel regret, anger, sadness, guilt, yearning or meaninglessness — individually, or all at the same time.

To cope with grief, look for help from places like churches, community organizations, hospitals, support groups and therapy centers. The important thing is to find a safe, professional, caring environment that’s the best fit for you.

You may also consider meeting with a licensed clinical social worker, professional grief counselor or psychologist.

You may want to choose between group counseling, as with a support group where you share feelings with others, and individual counseling, where you meet one-on-one with a counselor. Again, choose the best fit for you, because grief, while common, is an individual thing that affects different people in different ways.

Grief counseling can help you learn coping skills to get through this difficult time in your life. But you also may learn to accept your grief and experience it in order that you then can move past it.

You also can learn from instructional books on dealing with grief. You can look in stores or online for possibilities, but some include How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies, Transforming Traumatic Grief and Lifetimes.

Traffic Fatalities and Grief

There’s a strong connection between traffic fatalities and grief. Persons who die suddenly and violently in a car wreck leave a wrenching loss with their loved ones.

Their ensuing trauma, emotional upheaval and grief can lead to even worse problems. These problems can include depression, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, trouble remembering things or concentrating, mood swings and relationship difficulties.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to feel grief. You must accept and deal with it in the best way for you. Our law firm trusts and hopes that you will learn to cope with your grief and go on with your life, while always honoring the memory of those you have lost.

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