Grieving the Loss of a Sibling (Brother or Sister)
When those you love die, the best you can do is honor their spirit for as long as you live. You make a commitment that you’re going to take whatever lesson that person or animal was trying to teach you, and you make it true in your own life… It’s a positive way to keep their spirit alive in the world, by keeping it alive in yourself.
Patrick Swayze, American actor
Nothing can really prepare you for the death of a brother or sister. Nothing is going to take that pain away, but it is important to work out your grief and mourning.Sibling grief is the most misunderstood of those grieving. Very little attention has been given to those that have lost a brother or sister.
Sharing your feelings and thoughts with others that have also lost a sibling is a way to cope and make your pain more manageable.
No one can tell you how you should feel after your brother or sister dies. There is no time limit on your grieving period. Be patient with yourself. You may feel like you are done with the pain, but your mind and body may not be. This is normal. Allow yourself to grieve, so that you can get through it in a healthy way.
You will now face life without your sibling. You will miss the closeness, the history you shared, the life experiences you both have shared.
Many times when you lose a sibling, you also lose your parents, as they deal with their own grief and loss. This could last for a long time.
You will be able to come back to facing life without your brother or sister in your life. You will recreate a new life. You will always have your brother or sister in your life, as a missing piece in your heart.
Begin your healing by sharing here with others that have also lost a brother or sister. You will find comfort and support with others having similar experiences.
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