Even when it’s expected, losing a loved one is very stressful and emotionally difficult. When it’s unexpected, this can be even more drastic.
While this experience can be different for everyone, there are many things you can do to help yourself handle this stress and work through it smoothly. Here are a few tips that may help.
Rely on your support system
Don’t assume that you have to go through all of this alone. Turn to family members and friends. Allow your support system to be there for you. A lot of times, you’re dealing with all of the details, and little day-to-day things – such as going to the grocery store – become more complicated or get forgotten. Allowing people to support you may just mean letting them help you with these little things as you move forward.
Remember that it takes time
Don’t assume that you have to get through this right away. Some experts note that it can take a year to go through the grieving process. Give yourself that time. Don’t think you have to rush through it and don’t think that you’re less strong for showing your emotions. All of this can actually help you get through it in the long run.
Make the situation less complicated
This process can get very complicated, especially when you’re dealing with assets and everything going through probate in court. One way to reduce the stress is to learn as much as you can about all the options you have in the different legal steps you need to take. It can also help to work with an experienced team who understands this and can offer you quick answers to your questions.