We’ve all heard stories or seen news articles of accidents that leave people injured and struggling to recover from. It’s hard to imagine how this could affect the person’s life afterward. When it’s a friend that has gone through and recently suffered an accident, you’re put directly in the situation and see firsthand how a traumatic experience can impact a person for weeks, months, or years after the experience. It can be difficult to figure out how to talk to a friend during this difficult time in his or her life, but there are a few things you can keep in mind to help ease their pain and make their healing process easier.
Unless you yourself have been through the same exact situation or accident, you won’t necessarily know that your friend went through. They could describe the situation to you in specific detail, but you won’t be able to relive the experience like they have to everyday. It’s important to have empathy for your friend and try your best to put yourself in your friend’s shoes. How would you feel if you had been in that accident? What pain would you feel? How long would it take you to emotionally heal from the psychological damage that the accident caused? All these are questions you could ask yourself in order to be more empathetic toward your friend’s situation.
Offer to Help Out.
Being a small helping hand in your friend’s time of need can go a long way. While your friend may not be ready to rely on anyone for big tasks or to open up emotionally, showing that you are there for little things can give your friend the confidence he or she needs to know that you will always be there. You could offer to:
Pick up medications
Take the dog for a walk
Clean the house
Go grocery shopping
Keep them company with positive energy
Drive them to doctors’ appointments
Go with them to see a personal injury lawyer
Make lunch or dinner
It can be difficult for accident victims to reach out and ask for help during their recovery. No one wants to show they are vulnerable. Doing something small like this will go a long way with your friend and show you care while letting them heal and accept things at their own pace.
Some people are back to their pre-accident, regular lives right off the bat. Other people, however, are more heavily affected by the experience. They can take time to heal from the trauma of an accident. This could involve periods of grief, sadness, anger, or confusion. It make take time for your friend to want to start doing regular activities that the two of you used to do, or even talking about the experience at all. Whatever it may be, be patient and know that your friend will open up to you when he or she feels ready.
Everyone responds differently to traumatic situations. As a friend, you should try to assess the situation and decide in what ways you can be there for your friend so that they can start healing from their experience at their own pace.
Contact our personal injury firm at (877) 661-9900 if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident. We’re here to help you.