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The Sibling Connection BookList

Non-Fiction Books about the Death of a Sibling

written by a surviving sibling

                        I was able to find most of these books at the local library, even those that are out of print. Other sources for obtaining books are used book stores such as abebooks.com, half.com, or any new book store. Most of the book titles are linked through to Amazon.com . If anyone clicks through to them and purchases a book, a small portion comes back to help pay for the webspace for this site.



Bereft : A Sister's Story     Jane Bernstein     NF

When the author was 17 years old, her 21-year-old sister, Laura, was murdered. Years later, after having children of her own, the author investigates her sister's murder and begins to come to terms with her loss.

A Book of Reasons     John Vernon     NF

When John Vernon's brother dies suddenly, he searches for reasons why his brother lived the way he did.

The Boy on the Green Bicycle : A Memoir     Margaret Diehl     NF

A look from adulthood back into childhood when the author was 9 years old and her 14 year old brother died. She talks about the separate grief of the family members and how the loss impacted her own life.

Dancing in the Dark : A Sister Grieves Elsie K. Neufeld    David Augsburger    NF

This is the story of a sister who writes about the death of her brother in a car accident.

Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling   Michelle Linn-Gust   NF

When the author was a junior in college, her sister Diane committed suicide. It completely changed her life. This book offers education about sibling grief and hope to other suicide survivors.

An Empty Chair : Living in the Wake of a Sibling's Suicide   Sara Swan Miller   NF

Written following interviews with more than 30 bereaved siblings, and aided by her personal experience with her sister's suicide, the author offers hope for those left behind.

The Empty Room : Surviving the Loss of a Brother or Sister at Any Age   Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn   NF

DeVita, a science journalist, is the sister of the young boy called the "Bubble Boy". In the book, she describes how her brother Ted's life and death have affected her. she includes interviews with others who lost siblings, including Dr. White. DeVita considers survivors, rather than academicians or researchers, to be the real experts on this subject.

The End of the Twins : A Memoir of Losing a Brother   Saul Diskin   NF

Describes the period leading to the death of the author's twin brother, Martin, and their struggles to keep him alive.

The Hurry-Up Song : A Memoir of Losing My Brother   Clifford Chase  NF

The author lost his brother to AIDS in 1989.

If the Spirit Moves You : Love and Life After Death   Justine Picardie   NF

Written as a diary, the book describes the year in the life of the author after her sister's death from breast cancer.

The Jim and Dan Stories: A Journey of Grief and Faith   Colleen Redman   The author lost two adult brothers one month apart--a devastating loss that she dealt with by writing. The result is an inspiring book for those who have lost adult siblings.

Landscape Without Gravity : A Memoir of Grief   Barbara Lazear Ascher   NF

A beautifully written tribute to her brother, who died of AIDS. There is also information here about siblings and their grief, and how strong the bond is, regardless of whether the siblings were close.

Letters to Sara: The Agony of Adult Sibling Loss   Anne McCurry   NF

The author wrote letters to her sister after her death from breast cancer. The reader learns about the grief process along with the author as she searches for anything that will help her make sense of her loss.

Memories of My Sister : Dealing With Sudden Death   Linda Rener  NF

The author tells her personal story of loss and then goes on to talk about grief in general and normalize it for the reader.

My Brother Peter: Murder or Suicide?   Nomi Berger NF

The author was 23 when her brother died, seemingly from drug abuse. Years later, she spent time investigating what really happened to him, was it murder or suicide? This journey was necessary for her own healing.

Phoenix : A Brother's Life (Vintage)   J.D. Dolan   NF

When his brother, John, was injured in an explosion, the author had not spoken to him in five years. He is able to reconnect with the love he felt for his brother.

Surviving a Sibling   Scott Mastley   NF

This book is a personal account of his grief experience by Scott Mastley, whose brother, Chris, died after a car accident in 1994. He talks about the profound strength of the sibling relationship and about the changes in himself as a result of his loss.

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