Truck accidents can be fatal accidents. For the family members who are left behind after the accident, emotional distress can occur. There are several reasons and several ways that a traumatic death can affect people who lose a loved one.

Why are traumatic deaths so difficult to deal with?

Traumatic deaths happen without warning, so there isn’t a chance to prepare for the death. You don’t have a chance to say goodbye to your loved one. You might have trouble believing your loved one is gone. If the injuries to your loved one were severe, you might not even be able to have an open casket at the funeral. That can make the loss more difficult to deal with.

What are some of the ways that a traumatic death can affect loved ones?

A traumatic death can cause a host of emotional reactions. You might feel confused, hopeless, depressed, angry, guilty or in denial. You might have mood swings that make normal activities, such as going to work, very difficult. On top of the emotional effects, you might also suffer from lack of energy, body aches, fatigue, sleep issues and changes in your appetite. You might also feel shock and fear after your loss.

When you lose a loved one, you might need to seek professional help to cope with the loss. That, as well as other aspects of the loss, can lead to monetary expenses. You might opt to seek compensation for your loved one’s death. If compensation is awarded, you can cover the expenses related to your loved one’s death.

Source: Duke University Health System, “Coping After a Traumatic Death,” accessed Dec. 17, 2015