California law provides that damages can be recovered for the loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society and moral support. Explaining these losses to a jury is often accomplished by the telling of stories. Storytelling is the most efficient way for delivering truths and transmitting knowledge. We listened to stories when we were young, and we listen to them when we are old. They move us. They place us at the scene of important events, and they teach us.
Grief and Stress
Death losses are unwanted and traumatic events in the life of a family, and the storms of grief can shake even the most stable of family relationships. Decision-making, necessitated by circumstances, can be frustratingly complicated by the turmoil surrounding an unexpected death. Differences easily arise in family member's preferences for their loved one's funeral arrangements, religious rites, memorials, and other pressing matters occasioned by an untimely death.