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10 Tips for Dealing with Trauma and Tragedy

The trauma that follows the death of a loved one can shock both your mind and body. Doing the following 10 things may help you manage your physical and emotional symptoms and begin your path to recovery.


  1. Eat well. Eating well-balance, regular meals is very important. Inadvertently starving yourself will only add shock and stress to you body.
  2. Get plenty of rest and be active. Being active can help you fell calmer and more relaxed by working off some of your physical symptoms.
  3. Avoid caffeine. if sleep is an issue, try to avoid foods and drinks with caffeine.
  4. Avoid alcohol and drugs. They will only complicate and delay your recovery. (This does not include prescriptions taken as prescribed by your physician.)
  5. Keep going. Try to maintain your basic routine, but allow yourself to skip the extras.
  6. Make small decisions. Making small decisions will help you reassert or maintain your sense of control. But, don't make major, life-changing decisions.
  7. Let yourself feel. Don't avoid your thoughts and feelings. Confide in people with whom you feel comfortable and trust. Don't feel like you have to talk with everyone.
  8. You're not crazy. Remember, reactions are normal.
  9. Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can relieve some stress and may help you sleep better.
  10. If you need help, ask for it. There are a variety of sources where you can get assistant, including professions counselers, friends, family, your church, and some employers offer Employee Assistance Programs.


If you have experienced the loss of a loved one due to someone else's negligence, now is the time to take legal action. Our dedicated staff will assist you with your South Carolina wrongful death claim. Call us today at 1-888-690-0211 to set up a free consultation.

Shelly Leeke
South Carolina Injury Lawyer

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