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Bibliotherapy for Bereaved Siblings
What is it?     How do you use it?


               Bibliotherapy means using the reading of books as a way to heal yourself, gain insight, or solve a problem. Although it is often associated with "self-help" books, any kind of book, fiction or nonfiction, can be used. Bibliotherapy is a dynamic process, by which I mean that you meet the author in the pages of the book, and, as you read, a dialog begins to take place between the two of you. You interpret what you read in light of your own experiences, and thus become a part of the book.

CAUTION:
This kind of reading may bring unresolved feelings to the surface. Make sure you have emotional support available to you when you undertake bibliotherapy.

                One of the most troublesome results of losing a sibling is that you feel powerless. In a flash, your power is robbed from you. Reading and actively using bibliotherapy can help you get some of that power back. As you gather information, identify language and feelings that define what happened to you, you begin to gain some mastery of the experience. Your attempt to understand what you read and effort to compare and contrast it to your experience creates new and beneficial ways of thinking and feeling.

For more information about bibliotherapy, read my book, Sibling Grief: Healing After the Death of a Sister or Brother The book includes a detailed explanation of how to use bibliotherapy after a loss, specifically meant for bereaved siblings.





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