Coping with Traumatic Death as a Result of Underage Drinking

experience. You may miss out on the possibility of having grandchildren or having your loved one with you as you experience life events. It’s common for these thoughts to hit you at different times in your life, particularly when a celebration comes around that may be associated with those future losses – such as a wedding, graduation or holidays. Thinking about these losses and acknowledging them is a part of the grieving process. Your thoughts and losses are real and something that may stay with you for the rest of your life. You may want to talk with someone or journal about the things you will miss due to your loss. Having that strong support system can be crucial, someone who acknowledges what you are going through and will be there through it with you, sometimes that person is someone else who has gone through something similar. Connecting with others who have gone through something similar may help you cope with those losses. Hard Questions

One thing you may find after the death of a loved one is that hard questions will come up for you from time to time. Questions such as, “Do you have any children or grandchildren?, or, Do

Remember that it’s ok to share or not share depending on how you are feeling.

you have any siblings?” If you have lost a child, grandchild or a sibling, when these questions come up you may not know just how you want to answer them. Sometimes you may want to acknowledge your loss and other times you may not feel comfortable doing so. Your answer may change, and that’s ok – answer it however you want and need to at the time, say what you are most comfortable saying. Not mentioning the death of your loved one does not diminish them or their memory.

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