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What can I do to help my son who was in the car when his best friend died in an Atlanta DUI crash?

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Understand that your son is also a victim of an Atlanta DUI crash. He may be experiencing nightmares and flashbacks of the crash and the loss of his friend. He may be extremely angry or incredibly sad about his friend’s death, and he may want to be left alone to mourn or cry in private. 

Your son will need your support during this time, as he may take one step back and two steps forward in his grieving process. Some things you can do for your son could include:

  • Letting him know you are available if he needs to talk
  • Sitting with him if he has night terrors 
  • Recognizing when he shows signs of healing, but not giving excessive praise
  • Offering to set up a support group so he can connect with other Atlanta DUI victims
  • Offering to bring him to a counselor
  • Encouraging him to socialize when he is ready
  • Supporting him in his hobbies and taking him to do things he enjoyed prior to the crash

Many people do not understand how long the grieving process can be when you lose someone close to you.  A traumatic death does not allow time for the person who was left behind to say goodbye or make sense of it. This is why those who lost their loved ones to a sudden death can have a difficult time coping.

Be available to comfort your son, provide a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on, and understand that he may experience many different and conflicting emotions. 

If your son was injured in the crash, you also should talk with an experienced Atlanta DUI victim lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 or (866) 979-1629. We will provide you with a free consultation and help your son seek justice and ample compensation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia