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Some tips in the aftermath of a major loss

In the immediate aftermath of a major loss, the last things you probably want to consider are probate and legal matters. That's one reason for working with a trustworthy legal professional who can guide you through legal matters and help handle some of the more tedious details for you. While basic legalities are being handled, you can take some steps toward dealing with loss and grief.

Experts advise anyone dealing with grief to seek out others who can support and care for them. This includes connecting with family and friends so you can grieve together and seeking others in your social network who might not be as close to the loss so they can assist and support you. It might also mean seeking professional assistance to work through your grief.

Your physical health remains as important as emotional health during a time of grief. It can be tempting to let things go as you deal with stress and grief, but eating healthy, trying to get enough sleep and exercising can actually help you work through loss in a healthier way. It also prevents you from experiencing physical problems later that are related to actions you take while grieving.

Finally, you might not want to make any major life changes when you could still be in shock following the loss of a loved one. That could mean postponing a decision regarding an estate or probate matter. While you do have time in some situations to consider your options fully or wait for a less emotional time to make a decision, you have to be careful about timing regarding estate matters. A legal professional can help you understand when you have more time and when you don't.

Source: Mental Health America, "Coping with Loss: Bereavement and Grief," accessed Oct. 07, 2016

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