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Sudden Unexpected Death


After a sudden unexpected death, you may experience shock and confusion. This is normal after the sudden loss of a loved one.


Ways to cope:

  • Give yourself plenty of time and rest: Allow yourself time to heal. Grief is not something you can rush. It may take years to heal from your loss. Ask your family, friends, and caregivers for help.
  • Share your thoughts and feelings: Try saying what you really feel or share stories of the one who just passed away. Often just talking to someone you trust, or crying when you need to can be a big help.
  • Find support: A counselor or support group may help you deal with your grief and find ways to cope with your loss.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You cannot eat, drink, or take your medicines.
  • You feel depressed or sad most of the time, or these feelings do not go away.
  • You need to talk about your problems and feelings.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You feel like hurting yourself or someone else.
  • You are anxious or restless even after you take your medicines.
  • You feel that you cannot cope with your condition.
  • You have problems sleeping.
  • You have trouble breathing, chest pain, or a fast heartbeat.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.