Coping with Traumatic Death as a Result of Underage Drinking

Fear/Vulnerability You may feel that life is out of balance and that the world no longer makes sense. Many victims and survivors are surprised to find that they feel anxious, fearful, and powerless after the violent death of a loved one. The part of you that was previously confident and carefree has been damaged. You see the world differently and fear comes with that. We tend to believe that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. For you, this belief no longer makes sense. You may feel that you and your remaining loved ones are more vulnerable than other people. It is important to work up the courage to go out in public, even when it frightens you. Little by little you can overcome your fears and feelings of vulnerability. Anger Anger is a common grief reaction. You may be angry at the person/people or establishment that provided alcohol to your

loved one. You may find that your anger is directed toward members of the legal system or hospital staff. Even if it doesn’t make sense, many people direct feelings of anger at a family member or

Expressing your feelings can help free your mind.

friend, or even at themselves for not having prevented something they may not have been

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