Workplace accidents, unfortunately, take thousands of lives every year. Some of these lives are lost in high-risk occupations, like construction. Others are lost in "safe" occupations where that type of accident was never expected. No matter how it happens, though, it's very jarring and shocking to the family members who are left behind. While we all may understand that death does happen and there are risks, there is no real way to fully prepare for that change in advance.
The key, then, is to understand how to react and how you may feel. Mental health experts note that you could experience the following:
Many people move through all of these stages over time. Every situation is different, and some people struggle with specific stages more than others. For instance, one person may be able to accept that it happened but be overcome with sorrow and even depression. Another may struggle with disbelief and denial, not finding it easy to address this major change in their own life.
It's very important to note that no reaction is wrong. You have a right to feel exactly what you feel. That is valid and real. Everyone processes these things differently. Don't assume that you must feel a certain way.
At the same time, you do want to move through the mourning process and consider the realistic changes that you face. Maybe you lost your source of income. Maybe you have high medical bills and funeral costs. Do you have a right to compensation after the workplace death of a loved one? An attorney may be best suited to answer your questions and help you decide on a plan to move forward.