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You may experience the stages of grief after losing a limb

Many people experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Some people suddenly lose a loved one, suffer at the hands of another person or suffer serious injuries in an accident. For you, a major car accident resulted in a trauma that will affect you for the rest of your life.

Unfortunately, the nature of the accident was so severe that you suffered a traumatic amputation of a limb during the incident or injuries so severe that the limb had to be surgically amputated later. At first, you may not have believed that you lost, or would lose, your limb, but in the end, it was unavoidable.

Stages of grief

The loss of a limb can affect you and others in the same way that any major loss can. You may have even gone through or be experiencing the five common stages of grief over your loss. As mentioned, you may have denied that an amputation would take place, and denial is the first stage of grief. Some other events you may experience include the following:

  • Anger: You may feel angry with the person who caused the accident, your medical doctors for not finding other alternatives or anyone else associated with the incident.
  • Bargaining: You may find yourself coming up with bargains in your mind like how you will change your life for the better if only somehow your limb could be saved or how you would donate more to charity if you could just wake up and this all have been a nightmare.
  • Depression: You may sink into depression after thinking of all the ways your life will be different and some of the experiences you may miss. Depression is a serious but common effect of major trauma and loss.
  • Acceptance: It may take a long time to reach this point, but hopefully, you will come to a place where you can accept your situation and how it has changed your life. After you go through rehabilitative measures, you may feel more ready to accept your loss and move forward.

Of course, the manner in which you cope with your amputation will be unique to you and your feelings. Still, you will likely need to undergo medical treatment and therapies to fully address your severe injury. Because much of what you experienced in the aftermath of the accident and likely in the future can be costly, you may want to look into your legal options for seeking compensation from the driver considered at fault for your injury-causing accident.

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