July 2014 - Kamerow Law
How to Cope with the Stages of Grief after a Wrongful Death

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How to Cope with the Stages of Grief after a Wrongful Death

After losing someone we love, whether it is through divorce, the break-up of a friendship, or the death of a loved one or friend, we naturally grieve their loss on many different levels, and it is imperative we allow ourselves to accept we are going to be emotionally affected by the loss.  Giving ourselves permission to experience the stages of grief will assist us in our ability to heal and move forward with living our lives.  Moving ahead with our lives does not mean the person we lost no longer has a place in our hearts or minds. It simply does mean we are no longer living in the past, but are looking forward to the future.  Attempting to ignore or suppress our grief only prolongs our ability to move forward even when it feels as if the emotional pain will never go away.

Anger through a Wrongful Death

When we understand the stages of grief and how to cope with it, it is easier to have hope that while we will always miss the person we lost, we will someday feel joy in living once again. If your loved one has passed away due to a wrongful death, it is important not to allow anger to consume your thoughts and become a harmful distraction.

Established Stages of Grief

After a study on how terminally ill patients were able to cope with their grief surrounding their illness and their impending deaths, a well-known psychiatrist by the name of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published a report in 1969 introducing what she referred to as “The Five Stages of Grief” that included:

  • Denial – patients could not accept that the illness was happening to them
  • Anger – patients questioned why it was happening to them, and wondered who was to blame
  • Bargaining – patients started making various promises to improve themselves in some way if only the illness would go away
  • Depression – patients were incapacitated due to their emotional distress
  • Acceptance – patients came to terms with their illness and felt peace

Wrongful Death Compensation

The wrongful death of a loved one is emotionally debilitating. You need a compassionate, ethical, and highly respected wrongful death attorney at Kamerow Law to ensure you and your loved ones receive fair and just compensation for your loss. Contact us today.

Planning A Will: Important Things to Consider

Pros And Cons Of Will Planning

There are several important things to consider when planning a will as part of your Virginia Estate Planning. The lawyers at Kamerow Law can offer valuable insight into the pros and cons to help you decide if a will is the best tool for you to have in your estate plan.

The pros of a will include the following:

  • Wills are easily written.
  • Wills take a limited amount of your time.
  • Wills are legally binding when written by any competent adult.
  • Wills should provide clear instructions designating an Executor to distribute your personal assets and property.
  • Wills should include benefactors of savings, stocks, bonds, pensions, and insurance policies.
  • Wills should always clearly state who is to receive personal assets and property.
  • Wills provide you the right to determine how your assets and property are to be used and by whom.

There are cons to writing a will that include:

  • Wills are required to go through probate court where the executor of the Will requests the court to approve the estate of the deceased to be opened so that an inventory of their assets can be provided to the court for review.
  • The will of the deceased becomes a public record giving those who might oppose it the opportunity to contest it in court.

Virginia Estate Planning

Obtaining the legal advice from your Virginia estate planning attorney at Kamerow Law will provide your benefactors with an additional layer of protection should the will be lacking in any area that could make it easily contested.

Contact Kamerow Law today to set an appointment with one of our highly respected and knowledgeable Virginia estate planning attorneys.



Steps to Take When Planning a Funeral – Virginia Wrongful Death

Help In Planning a Funeral

When someone you love dies due to a negligent act of another person, it is often hard to focus on the necessary planning that needs to take place. As attorneys who have helped families through this difficult time, Kamerow Law wants to offer some helpful tips.

Steps to Take When Planning a Funeral

Planning the funeral of someone we love is a difficult and daunting task, but there are steps to take when planning that will ensure you are pleased with the outcome:

  • The first step is to make transportation arrangements to have the deceased transported to the funeral home you have chosen.  In some situations, the deceased may need to be transported to another city prior to being transferred to the chosen funeral home.  If this is the case, you may need to contact an ambulance service or an airlines depending upon the distance.
  • Contact the funeral director at the chosen funeral home to:
    • discuss delivery of the deceased
    • arrange a time to select a casket
    • decide on other funeral products
    • Plan the service to honor the deceased. In some cases, the family may wish to have a full funeral service with songs the departed favored, along with someone to officiate with a brief biographical over-view of the deceased life;  in other cases, the family, and even the deceased may have arranged for burial first then a memorial service to honor the deceased at a later date, especially if family and friends are scattered in different areas of the country and unable to attend a service shortly after the death.
    • Select flowers and casket arrangement
    • Cemetery arrangements will need to be made as soon as possible if the deceased did not have a pre-arranged burial plot.
    • Choose a monument or cemetery plaque to honor the deceased.

Additional Steps If a Wrongful Death was Involved

If you have lost a loved one due to the neglect or carelessness of another individual, the Virginia wrongful death lawyers at Kamerow Law have the compassion, determination, and experience to ensure you receive fair and just compensation for the wrongful death of your loved one. Contact us today.