Losing your partner is bad enough but when it’s the result of an accident it may make it even harder to deal with. Out of nowhere, your world has been turned upside down and you are left alone having to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy.
As well as the emotional side of things you will also be left with many practical things that need to be taken care of – the prospect of which can be very difficult to handle. It may feel like you will never get through it but, over time, it will become a little easier, and once the initial practicalities are dealt with it will allow you some headspace to deal with your loss.
Here are 4 things you may need to do after losing your spouse in an accident
Tell the children
If you have children then one of the first and possibly the hardest things you need to do is tell them the devastating news. Knowing how they will react is impossible so all you can do is be there for them and let them know that they can talk to you whenever they need to.
It’s also worthwhile contacting their school to let them know what has taken place. Not only will they need to be aware of the situation for when the children return but they will need to know that the kids will be absent for a while.
Talk to a lawyer
If your partner died due to someone else’s negligence, you might want to speak to a wrongful death lawsuit attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, loss of income, and such, so it’s worthwhile talking to a professional to find out what you may be entitled to.
It may not be something you want to do straight away, but you do need to recognize that your partner’s death could cause a host of financial issues in the future. Compensation may help you to rebuild your life again, so it’s something to consider.
Ask for help
Although you may think it’s your responsibility to deal with everything, you must ask for help when you need it. Whether it’s doing chores around the house or looking after the kids for a while to allow you some time on your own, ask friends and family for assistance whenever you need it.
Your world has been torn apart and although you may think you are coping, it’s important not to overdo it. You need time to mourn your loss and space to grieve.
Arrange the funeral
Arranging the funeral is going to be an emotional experience but you may find some comfort in it too. Choosing their favorite music for the funeral service or asking friends to say a few words about your partner can bring you a great deal of peace.
Spend some time deciding which flowers you would like to have displayed and perhaps ask a friend or relative to help you put together an order of service. Although arranging a funeral is a very emotional experience, knowing that you are giving your loved one a beautiful send-off can be very fulfilling.