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My brother was recently killed in a Milwaukee car crash. His wife is completely overwhelmed with grief. I love my sister-in-law and I know my brother would want me to help her, but I don’t know how. What can I do?

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. You, your sister-in-law, and your entire family are suffering through a tragedy that should never have occurred. It is understandable that your sister-in-law is grieving and that she is overwhelmed as a new widow.

While you can’t take away her suffering, you can take steps to help her. She may need your help now, in the days following your brother’s death, and in the days and weeks to come. It is important to remember that your sister-in-law must make her own decisions about how to move forward. However, you can be an important and trusted advisor and you can do much of the leg work to help her. You could for example:

  • Coordinate help. This may include, but is not limited to, help with meals, cleaning, and childcare.
  • Help plan the funeral. Your sister may need help planning the details of the funeral and responding to flowers, donations, and other acts of kindness that are provided to the family immediately following your brother’s death.
  • Provide her with names of Milwaukee accident lawyers. She may need legal help to pursue a wrongful death case against the person(s) responsible for your brother’s death.

For more information about what to do after an accidental death in Wisconsin, please contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.