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My family is dealing with a wrongful death accident that occurred in Green Bay and I am worried about my child. What are some of the reactions a child will have after a death of a loved one?

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult. You most are most likely aware of this from your own firsthand experience. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to cope, deal or get through the hard times the loss brings on. It is not uncommon for people to go through long periods of depression and sadness.

These feelings are not exclusive to us adults. We often forget that our children are also going through an equally hard time. As resilient as children are, it is still hard for them to cope and live a normal life. A parent should be able to understand some of the reactions that a child might show in response to the death. This will help the parent be able to help their child cope with the loss.

Four common reactions a child will show after the loss of a loved one are:

  • Emotional shock. A child may show signs of emotional shock, which includes a lack of feelings. This emotional shock can hinder the child’s ability to deal with the pain caused by the loss.
     
  • Regressive behavior. Regressive behavior, such as needing to be rocked or held, may occur after the loss has occurred. The child may also experience separation anxiety from parents or needing to sleep in the parent’s bed.
     
  • Acting out. A child may act out as a response to feeling angry, scared, frustrated, and helpless over the loss.
     
  • Repetitive questioning. Children will often ask questions that they have previously asked in regards to the death. This is typically because the information is hard to believe or accept.

 

If you and your children are suffering from the loss of a loved one due to a wrongful death act, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced Green Bay wrongful death attorney by calling 800-800-5678 today. You will receive a free case evaluation.

 

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham