His mother said coping with the loss is “harder every day.” The man’s widow said her in-laws have been her “rock.”
The man had been working on a construction project for a contractor when the accident happened.
He leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, a four-year-old daughter, a two-year-old girl and a baby boy just 15 months old. “Everything that we do from this day forward is to make sure his children are taken care of,” his widow said.
One of the things a spouse in a similar situation does when able: sit down with an attorney who understands the complicated mix of grief and financial loss that can accompany these kinds of tragedies. Not only are spouses and children grappling with deep emotional pain, but often with very real financial difficulties directly related to the loss of a loved one counted on to provide a roof over their heads and put food on the table.
There are also in many cases additional substantial financial concerns as well, such as the loss of health care benefits a worker received from an employer. As every parent understands, that’s a loss that will create immediate worries about what to do in case a child gets sick or is injured. How will those bills be paid in addition to any medical expenses that might have accrued because of the fatal accident?
As you can see, the road the family is forced to travel after such a loss is a difficult one, which is why so many lean on someone who has been down the path before with other grieving families.
Source: WNYF, “Help Sought For Children Of Man Killed At NY Air Brake,” Sept. 2, 2014