Sudden Loss on Our Roads

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.35million people die each year globally as a result of road traffic crashes and up to 50million are injured. Road traffic injuries currently present the leading cause of death amongst children and young people 5 – 29 years of age.

The World Remembrance Day for Road Victims was started in 1993 by RoadPeace and is commemorated every third Sunday of November, each year. On 26th October 2005, the United Nations recognized it as a global day to be observed annually. It is also set to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.

The grief and distress experienced by this huge number of people is because most of its victims are young and the loss is sudden and unexpected. This makes dealing with the sudden loss very difficult and devastating. There are different ways of dealing with sudden/loss;

1.Pray. The Lord never forsakes us and is always there for us when we are grieving and hurt.

Psalms 9:9

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

2.Embrace the grieving process. Be prepared for a wide range of emotions. It is important to let yourself feel whatever arises without necessarily acting upon it.

3.Expect delayed reactions. Because of the sudden and unexpected nature of death, shock and confusion might overshadow other common emotional reactions such as sadness and anger for a while. Be prepared for when the shock wears off and that first wave of anguish rolls in.

4.Mourn at your own pace. There is no specific time frame to grieve someone you have lost. Take your time. Pressurizing yourself to ‘get over’ the feelings will make you not deal with them.

5.Reach out for support. Seek help from a counselor, a friend who will lend a listening ear, or your pastor or church elder who can help you go through the grieving process. Going through things alone makes it harder to handle and bear.

6.Take time to consider what is important in your life. This could be the rest of your family members, who may be young and need you. It may be your job or other responsibilities that may need to be attended to.

Please remember that everyone goes through grief in a unique manner. These are a few suggestions on how you could go through this process.

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