The death or loss of a sibling is a devastating loss regardless of age or manner of death. Siblings are formative in helping us learn how to deal with our emotions, problem-solve, and behave with others—and losing them can be an unfathomable event that seems impossible to heal from. The grief that an individual experiences when their sibling passes away can often be neglected or not understood to be as severe as the parents’ grief. However, the loss of a brother or sister during the teenage years is shown to impact an individual's future relationships and even career paths, and the loss at any age can shake up family dynamics for the long term. Whether sudden and unforeseen or prolonged and expected, losing a sibling can have a profound and long-lasting impact.
While everyone will experience the loss of a loved one at some time in his or her life, and no loss is easy, losing a brother or sister is especially difficult because of the bond formed between siblings. More research and attention is now being placed on the sibling grieving experience.
When T.J. Wray lost her 43-year-old brother, her grief was deep and enduring and, she soon discovered, not fully acknowledged. Despite the longevity of adult sibling relationships, surviving siblings are often made to feel as if their grief is somehow unwarranted.
Sibling grief is a unique experience that is often overlooked and misunderstood. Dr. Christina Hibbert shares her experience and insight on sibling loss and grief, both as a clinical psychologist and as a bereaved sister, in this 3-minute therapy video.
Compassionate and heartfelt, this collection offers 100 practical ideas to help understand and accept the passing of a sibling in order to practice self-healing. The principles of grief and mourning are clearly defined, accompanied by action-oriented tips for embracing bereavement.