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The Sibling Connection BookList

Healing from the Death of a Sibling
Non-Fiction--All Reading Levels

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Children Are Not Paper Dolls   Erin Linn Levy    NF

This is a book of drawings and quotations from young bereaved siblings. They talk about their personal experiences of loss, hearing the news, what the funeral was like, how they reacted, how their families changed, their feelings of guilt and sorrow, and what helped them to heal. A good resource for bereaved siblings of all ages.

Coping With the Death of a Brother or Sister    Ruth Ann Ruiz    NF

The author describes the stages of grief for siblings and comments on the impact of cause of death on the grief process.

For Those Who Live : Helping Children Cope with the Death of a Brother or Sister
by Kathy LaTour

This is not a long book, but it's heartfelt compassion shines through every page. Only a bereaved sibling could have written it. The book talks about what happens when you lose a sibling-the grief that doesn't match what it "should," the change in family dynamics, the struggles and the hope. Using wisdom gathered from many sources, the author helps the reader face the reality of loss.

In the Shadow of Illness    by Myra Bluebond-Langner

The author Myra Bluebond-Langner has written many articles about siblings who grow up with a brother or sister who has a chronic disease. Like the book, Sibling Loss, this book focuses on families with a child who has cystic fibrosis, but describes issues common to all families who have a child with a chronic or fatal illness.

An Intimate Loneliness : Supporting Bereaved Parents and Siblings
Gordon Riches    Pam Dawson

This book explores how family members come to terms with the loss of a sibling. Through research, they studied how the finding of meaning and interpretation of grief affects the bereaved parents and children.

The Lone Twin: Understanding Twin Bereavement and Loss
by Joan Woodward  NF

This book was written by a psychotherapist in England, who explores what happens when twins are separated, especially by death. Since twin mortality is high, it is not unusual for the surviving twin's loss to go unnoticed. The author says that the relationship between twins is highly significant and begin for many twins before they are actually born. The book is based on interviews with 219 "lone twins". Woodward is an Attachment therapist and bases her understanding of twin loss on Bowlby's theory of attachment. She includes a chapter on interventions for professionals.

Losing Someone You Love : When a Brother or Sister Dies    Elizabeth Richter    NF

True stories written by surviving siblings age 10-24. For all ages.

The Loving Tree    Patricia Moran Kennedy   NF

This book was written after the death of the author's sister, and it will make you cry, because you will feel close to your true self--if you feel that life has made you feel closed off, read this book and it will open your heart. It is a positive affirmation of the value of connection in spite of the pain of loss. I highly recommend it. It is simple but profound, easy to read, and would be a wonderful gift for anyone who has experienced loss.

Recovering from the Loss of a Sibling    Katherine Fair Donnelly    NF Numerous stories from the lives of bereaved siblings. The author points out the similarities found in sibling loss, whatever the age of the bereaved.

Shadows in the Sun : The Experiences of Sibling Bereavement in Childhood
by Betty Davies    NF

The grief of surviving siblings is an individual journey that does not fit well into the widely accepted descriptions of grief "stages."

"This book covers the immediate, short-term, and long-term responses to the death of a brother or sister in childhood and adolescence. It also describes the subsequent generational effects of sibling bereavement. Although the book is intended for professional caregivers, surviving siblings can learn much about themselves from a careful reading of this book. The final chapter brings together all that has gone before into a comprehensive model of sibling bereavement. Practical guidelines are offered for those who seek to help grieving siblings, children, and families."
from the book cover

Sibling Bereavement : Helping Children Cope with Loss
by Ann Farrant

Reading about the experiences of others who have lost a brother or a sister helps us realize we are not alone.

"The emotional effect of losing a brother or sister can result in severe trauma for a child. Many children find it difficult to mourn a lost sibling, and parents can have a hard time helping their children while they themselves are mourning.The author uses real-life case studies to illustrate her points, and clarification of the issues involved is provided throughout out by the views of an experienced psychologist who has worked with disturbed children."       from the back cover

Sibling Grief: Healing after the Death of a Sister or Brother by P. Gill White, Ph.D.

Sibling Grief is White’s validation of the emotional significance of sibling loss. She draws on clinical experience, research, and wisdom from hundreds of bereaved siblings to explain the five healing tasks specific to sibling grief. White identifies the effects of this profound loss on daily actions and emotions and describes the dream patterns of bereaved siblings, showing how healing is reflected in the dream state. Throughout, she illustrates the long-lasting connection between siblings -- a connection that death itself cannot sever. Sibling Grief is a powerful mix of information, personal reflections, and poetry -- just what you need to begin your own healing journey.

Sibling Loss by   Joanna H. Fanos  NF

Some brothers and sisters experience the chronic illness of their sibling prior to the sibling's death. Although this is a special kind of sibling loss, many of the issues apply to all surviving siblings.

S.O.S. Sorrow of Siblings      Parents of Murdered Children
Introduction by Lisa Moreno

This wonderful book addresses the difficult topic of murder and how it impacts siblings. Surviving brothers and sisters tell their stories.

Straight from the Siblings : Another Look at the Rainbow
by Gerald Jamplosky    NF

With drawings and quotes from bereaved brothers and sisters, the editor creates a touching memorial to the love between siblings. The book brings out not only the sadness, but also the difficult feelings, such as jealousy and guilt, that trouble the survivors. Any bereaved sibling reading this book will come away feeling included in its pages. It is full of hope and appropriate for readers of all ages.

Unspoken Grief; Coping with Childhood Sibling Loss
by Helen Rosen

The author describes young children's reactions to the loss of a sibling. She explains how the grieving process is prolonged by prohibitions against mourning.

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