There is no experience in the world like the sudden loss of a loved one. When you find out that your loved one is gone, you will likely go through a variety of emotions. Coping with those emotions is going to be difficult; however, it is necessary if you are going to move forward with life after the loss.
While the unexpected loss of a loved one is horrible, the difficulty is often magnified if the loss was caused by the actions of another person. This might be the case if your loved one was killed in a car accident or a semi-truck accident. In that case, the shock of the loss can make it difficult to deal with the emotional toll that it takes on you.
The trauma that you experience in this case can also be magnified if you were in the accident with your loved one. You might suffer from survivor's guilt, which means that you feel guilty that your loved one died and you didn't.
In all cases of the sudden loss of a loved one, you will likely feel anger. The anger can occur because of the circumstances surrounding your loved one's death. It can also occur because you never got to say goodbye to your loved one before he or she died.
As you go through the grieving process, you might come to realize that your loved one's death had other effects. If you depended on your loved one for support, that support is gone. If the support was financial, you might be struggling with the loss of income. A wrongful death lawsuit might help you to reduce the financial impact of your loss.
Source: Journey of Hearts, "Dealing with Sudden, Accidental or Traumatic Death," Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS, accessed Feb. 05, 2016