The loss of companionship, or consortium, is often a part of serious injury claims or wrongful death cases. Aside from the obvious economic losses caused to a family after someone in the household is seriously injured or killed by someone's negligence, there are often other, even more devastating, emotional losses as well.
Husbands and wives lose their partners in life. Parents lose the adult children that they depend on to help them in their senior years. Young children lose the guidance and support of their mothers and fathers.