Resources for Siblings Whose Brother or Sister has Died
There are many helpful books that were created JUST FOR SIBLINGS to help you get through this difficult time:
- “Children Are Not Paper Dolls” by Erin Linn Levy This is a book of drawings and quotations from young siblings who are bereaved. 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.
- “Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies” by Elizabeth Richter True stories written by surviving siblings age 10-24. For all ages.
- “Straight from the Siblings : Another Look at the Rainbow” by Gerald Jamplosky 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.
- “Eighty-Eight Steps to September: A Novel” by Jan Marino Eleven-year-old Amy fights and plays with her 13-year-old brother Robbie like any sister. When he is hospitalized with leukemia, she stubbornly believes he will come home. Before he dies, she is able to fulfill his final wish.
- “Mourning Song” by Lurlene McDaniel Dani’s older sister Cassie has a brain tumor, and Dani is determined to fulfill her sister’s last wish before she dies.
- “Phoenix Rising : Or How to Survive Your Life” by Cynthia D. Grant When her 18-year-old sister Helen dies of cancer, Jessie (Helen’s younger sister) begins reading Helen’s journal. As the story unfolds, moving between Helen’s journal entries and Jessie’s telling of the story, the reader is drawn into Helen’s struggle with dying and Jessie’s struggle with staying alive
- “Something for Joey” by Richard E. Peck A fictionalized true story of football star John Cappelletti who made touchdowns as medicine for his younger brother Joey, who was suffering from leukemia and died in 1976.
- Journey of Hearts: An Online Healing Place for anyone Grieving a Loss