Coping with Traumatic Death

I had experienced the death of a loved one before, but never experienced the emotional impact this crash brought. The emotions are indescribable; the crash and tragic death of my sister Krystle broke my heart. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my sister and that I don’t miss her like crazy. My life will never be the same because of this crash, and neither will the lives of our family and friends. During this time depend on your friends and family as much as you can and need to. Allow yourself time to grieve, really grieve, then remember that life for you still goes on. Live life in a way that would make them proud. It will take time to find new meaning in life, but it will happen. You will find a new sense of hope and a new sense of joy.

In 2006, Melissa was only 17 when her sister Krystle was killed in a substance impaired driving crash.

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