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Death or Loss of a Sibling



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.

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The Moment My Sibling Passed Away

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So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister

From Internet sensation Anna Akana comes a candid and poignant collection of essays about love, loss, and chasing adulthood. In 2007, Anna Akana lost her teen sister, Kristina, to suicide.

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Loss of a Sibling

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.

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FindCenterThe death of a beloved is an amputation.

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Woman Who Lost Her Sister to Suicide Has a Message for You

Claudia lost her sister Katherine in 2015 to mental illness and suicide. Claudia shares her difficult story and has a message of hope for those in need of help.

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Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies

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.

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A Complicated Burden

There was nothing Sandy Boucher could have done to prevent the tragedy. Yet decade after decade, she has carried the burden of guilt. This is a meditation on living with what cannot be undone.

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FindCenterYou will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through.

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Understanding Sibling Loss & Grief, 3 Minute Therapy, Dr Christina Hibbert

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.

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Healing the Adult Sibling’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Brother or Sister Dies

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.

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