It’s hard to say what’s hardest when a fire has damaged your home: The loss of treasured items from your home, and perhaps the home itself; or, the stress that comes with rebuilding your life after a house fire.
One of the best parts of the work we do is helping our clients deal with the stress of a house fire or any other home disaster such as flood or vandalism and seeing them come out on top.
Here’s an example.
A recent client came to us with a challenging situation. Her parents had passed away, leaving their home to her. Shortly after taking possession of the home, it caught on fire. After the house fire, our client learned that there were back taxes due on the property. She was under a great deal of stress trying to figure out how to pay the back taxes and sell the home without losing money.
She came to us, seeking help. We first connected her with one of our fire damage counselors, at no cost to her. First and foremost, she needed to develop strategies to deal with the stress she was experiencing. We also plugged her into a support group, where she could meet others in similar situations as her own.
The outcome? We were able to help her manage the stress of the home disaster, sell the property, get the back taxes on the property paid off and make a profit from the sale of the house.
Everyone came out on top, especially our client!
Tips for Managing Stress
The stress of having your house burned is enormous. You are dealing with so much after the house fire in addition to your day-to-day responsibilities such as work and parenting. After a traumatic experience such as a house fire, it's normal to feel frightened, sad or anxious. Here are a few tips and resources to help you manage the stress that naturally comes with any home disaster.
Recognizing Crisis-Related Stress
The first part of dealing with stress is recognizing it. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), when adults have the following signs, they might need crisis counseling or stress management assistance:
A counselor can be a valuable resource to you and your family in the aftermath of a house fire. Even if you have never sought counseling before, now might be the time to consider it. A counselor can help you and your family:
We connect our clients, as needed with support groups. Support groups are a valuable resource for managing the trauma and stress of the house fire. Support group participation will help you feel less alone. You will connect with others experiencing the same things as you.
For more information from FEMA on managing stress after a crisis, including information on how to help your children, visit FEMA’s website.
Contact us today if you have experienced a house fire or any other home disaster. We can help you with the stress and map out a plan to come out on top after your tragedy, both emotionally and financially.