List of Books for Grieving Siblings
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I recently read a Facebook post from a dear friend who is grieving for her brother that died suddenly a few weeks ago. She shared her heart and let her friends know that she is hurting and missing her brother like crazy! I was so thankful that she shared that because it made me aware of what she is going through and how I can be praying for her. Life can be so tough sometimes! Thankfully she has a relationship with Jesus and knows He is with her and will walk her through this tough time. She also has friends and family that are walking through the grieving process with her. I wish there was a way to take away all of the pain and hurt.
I also have a cousin that recently passed away. Her sister is missing her like crazy too.
I believe that there is a book written to help me with every situation that I am going through. When I am going through situations, I look for a book to help me. If you are looking for a book to help you with your grief for your sibling, I hope one or more of these books will help you.
If you know of a book that should be on this list, please comment below so I can add it. Thank you!
If you are grieving for your sibling, I pray that you will let God help you through the process. Cast all your cares on Him. I pray that He will give you peace that passes all understanding!
Healing the Adult Sibling’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Brother or Sister Dies (Healing Your Grieving Heart series)
Compassionate and heartfelt, this collection offers 100 practical ideas to help understand and accept the passing of a sibling in order to practice self-healing. The principles of grief and mourning are clearly defined, accompanied by action-oriented tips for embracing bereavement. Whether a sibling has died as a young or older adult or the death was sudden or anticipated, this resource provides a healthy approach to dealing with the aftermath.
When T.J. Wray lost her 43-year-old brother, her grief was deep and enduring and, she soon discovered, not fully acknowledged. Despite the longevity of adult sibling relationships, surviving siblings are often made to feel as if their grief is somehow unwarranted. After all, when an adult sibling dies, he or she often leaves behind parents, a spouse, and even children—all of whom suffer a more socially recognized type of loss.
Losing an adult sibling can be one of the most traumatic experiences in life. Most people do not fully comprehend how painful the death of a brother or sister can be unless they themselves have walked that difficult journey of loss. Grieving is a lonely process, and God can feel very far away. Yet God understands our pain. The Bible tells us in Lamentations 3:22-23 that “His compassions never fail. They are new every morning.”
Experience God’s love and compassion today through the heart of one who traveled her own road of grief to discover peace and grace just around the bend. LOSING LOGAN explores questions of faith as well as emotional and practical issues associated with losing an adult sibling. Each chapter includes journaling pages with thought-provoking questions to help the reader articulate their thoughts and feelings. For you who grieve, LOSING LOGAN can point you to the pathway of hope and healing.
P. Gill White, PhD, has done an outstanding job of writing on a much-needed subject within the bereavement community. As siblings sadly are often the “forgotten” grievers when the death of their brother or sister occurs, a book such as this is greatly needed. Dr. White’s insights and experiences as both a bereaved sibling herself and as a sibling grief counselor are sure to be a great help to all who read her book.”-Patricia L. Moser, president of Bereaved Parents of the USA
“A book for professional caregivers and grieving siblings alike.”-Robert B. Simmonds, Ph.D., author of Emotional Wellness Matters
When a brother or sister dies, surviving siblings often receive little support or recognition of their pain. But their grief is real, and there is a way to recover from it. Through intimate, true stories and interviews with brothers and sisters who have lost a sibling, expert-on-grief Katherine Fair Donnelly provides valuable insight on how to survive this traumatic experience. Recovering from the Loss of a Sibling is the first guide dedicated to those who have lost a brother or sister, and presents practical ways they can take…
When loss or illness strikes a family, young people don’t always have the experience to help them cope. These six new titles can help teens find the strength and the resources to help them get through even the toughest situations.Nothing seems as difficult to face as a death in the family, but for young people, facing the death of a sibling is among the most painful of life’s struggles.
Ruiz speaks sympathetically about the stages of emotional grief that children face after a loved one has died, and utilizes honest, descriptive narratives that illustrate how other young people have handled grief. Youngsters are urged to seek the support of adults, especially if rage and anger cloud their thinking. Emotionally disruptive causes of death are also discussed, such as death by suicide, auto accident, and AIDS.
Grieving for the Sibling You Lost: A Teen’s Guide to Coping with Grief and Finding Meaning After Loss (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
If you’ve lost a sibling, you feel sad, confused, or even angry. For the first time, a psychotherapist specializing in teen and adolescent bereavement offers a compassionate guide to help you discover your unique coping style, deal with overwhelming emotions, and find constructive ways to manage this profound loss so you can move forward in a meaningful and healthy way.
Losing a loved one—at any age—is devastating. But if you’re a teen who has lost a sibling, this loss can feel even more so. Siblings are also lifetime playmates, confidants, role models, and friends. After losing a brother or sister, you may feel like a part of yourself is missing. You may also feel lonely, depressed
Nate Wagner faced despair in his early twenties. After the loss of his only brother to suicide, Nate struggled to find hope, reimagine his life, and achieve a new normal. As he slowly found a path through sorrow and discovered constructive ways to deal with his grief, he also discovered two new vocations: first counselor and then writer.
Drawing on his clinical training and work and his own life experience, Nate shares his story with readers, offering practical suggestions and honest reflections to invite the reader into his journey from despair to hope. Written for those who have experienced sibling suicide, for those who want to support them, and for anyone seeking to understand, this memoir offers hope.
Newly grief-stricken parents shoulder an overwhelming task – finding words to ease their surviving children into the reality of a sibling death. Sad about Sammy is a first response book designed to assist families. It offers read-aloud text and engaging, colorful illustrations for young children coupled with helpful parent information geared toward navigating delicate matters of sibling grief.
The dual-sided approach to telling the story allows for two completely different, yet parallel experiences to happen side by side, parent and child. Written with the compassionate voice of a mother who also suffered the devastation of losing a child; jointly authored with the expertise of a Child Development Specialist, Sad about Sammy gives parents gentle and direct language to say what must be said.
Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins A Journal for Teenagers by Enid Traisman. Teens can write letters, copy down meaningful lyrics, write songs and poems, tell the person who died what they want them to know, finish business and use their creativity to work through the grieving process.
Over the past decade, this classic work has helped thousands find meaningful ways to overcome the despair of losing a loved one. Now, Angel Catcher has been revised and updated to convey its powerful message of hope to a new audience. Featuring brand new illustrations and a fresh updated look, the tasteful pages of this journal guide the userthrough the process of mourning and onward to a lasting sense of peace in the face of loss.
Filled with touching and inspiring prompts, Forever in My Heart is a comforting journal for recording your reflections on your loved one’s extraordinary life, their unique traits, and all the many experiences and traditions you shared. This journal will help you explore your emotions, say things that were left unsaid, connect with your loved one’s spirit and find healing through writing. It also includes pages to scrapbook photos and other treasured mementos.
How do you parent a child or adolescent whose loved one or friend has died? How can you understand what to expect, what to say, and what to do? 10 Steps is a sensitive, to-the-point guidebook that uses a combination of empathetic descriptions, clear explanations, illustrative stories, and practical suggestions to aid you on your journey.
It includes special sections for parenting children grieving the loss of a brother or sister, loss from suicide, multiple losses, and loss of someone killed by another person, as well as a short section on trauma. With your help, the children you love can continue their growth, telling a story of their lives that includes nourishing memories and a sense of themselves as strong, resilient, caring people.
Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One
Teaching children how to deal with death can be a difficult process, but it can be made easier by following certain guidelines. In Parenting a Grieving Child, author Mary DeTurris Poust offers practical advice for parents helping children through the grieving process, whether it’s the loss of a parent, the death of a sibling, even the death of a pet. Stories from real parents enhance the information and offer hope for healing.
—excerpted from the book
—Robert N. Craig, O.F.M. Cap., hospital chaplain
The ‘Grieving A Loss’ book is a collection of scriptures compiled to help you through those thoughts and feelings that can often time overwhelm us. We can reach within ourselves and find precious nuggets of strength to carry on, by allowing ourselves to be comforted and strengthened by the word of God. He has much to say about the subject of grief and sorrow. Find comfort and hope again and let the reassuring words of the Holy Scriptures heal your grief.
These scriptures share wisdom, insight, hope and comfort that will help you through and beyond your grief! Be encouraged by the scriptures, inspired and written by the all-loving God. Jesus said, He is familiar with our weaknesses and the pains of this life. He sent the Comforter to comfort us in a time of need. You can go to your quiet place to seek this peace, joy, and inspiration.
When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following a loved one’s death. Titles in this sensitively presented series explore the dynamics of various relationships experienced by children of preschool through early school age.
Kids are encouraged to understand personal feelings and social problems as a first step in dealing with them. Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, these books promote positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. The story lines are simple and direct―easily accessible to younger children. There are full-color illustrations on every page.
This treasure of a book, for people of all faiths, is a starting point for parents who must talk about the difficult topic of death with their children.
What should parents say when a loved one dies? Heaven is a difficult subject that always comes up at tough times, and Maria Shriver has written a very special book precisely for these stressful moments. What’s Heaven? is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven.
The many questions in this book are real, coming from Shriver’s own children, nieces, and nephews when her grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy passed away. With 900,000 copies of the book now in print, the loving, confident, and ultimately uplifting answers Shriver provides are helping readers’ families come together, feel closer to one another, and experience peace during the times when they need it most.
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm and thought-provoking story and both children and adults will be deeply touched by this inspiring book. This 20th anniversary edition of this beloved classic has helped thousands of people come to grips with life and death.
Where Are You: A Child’s Book About Loss is a kind and supportive text with beautiful illustrations designed to help children of all ages cope with the loss of a loved one. It is created with love and care so that even the youngest readers will find comfort during this stressful and difficult time.
Children wonder about Heaven, especially when someone they love goes there. They have questions they are often afraid to ask to grieving adults, and need reassurance that their feelings are normal.
When I’m With Jesus is created to minister to young children and older children, with large text for young readers or as a read-to book, and smaller text for older readers. Beautifully illustrated, When I’m With Jesus is a book that helps children see a loved one’s transition to Heaven as a joyful thing. It comforts children with a tangible reminder that they have not been forgotten and are still loved.
Since Samantha Jane’s dad died, she has been sad and quiet, keeping to herself. One day, her neighbor Mrs Cooper gently asks her about her missing smile, and Sammy Jane begins to open up about her grief, her worries, and her confusion. Sammy Jane’s mother joins her daughter, and helps her further with accepting and responding to her profound loss.
Explaining what happens from a child’s-eye view, the elves depict the difficult days before, after, and beyond a grandparent’s death. They explore the meaning of death and heaven, as well as how to stay close in spirit with a grandparent who has died. Includes questions for discussion.
“I’m scared I’ll forget you…”
From the perspective of a young child, Joanna Rowland artfully describes what it is like to remember and grieve a loved one who has died. The child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process. Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box will help children and adults talk about this very difficult topic together.
The unique point of view allows the reader to imagine the loss of any they have loved – a friend, family member, or even a pet. A parent guide in the back includes information on helping children manage the complex and difficult emotions they feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.
As the sun rises on her snow-covered world, Little Cub wonders aloud…
“What is heaven like?”
With tender words, her Papa describes a wonderful place, free of sadness and tears, where God warmly welcomes his loved ones after their life on earth is over. Little Cub and Papa spend the day wandering their beautiful, invigorating arctic world while she asks all about God’s home: How do we get to heaven? Will we eat there? Will I get to see you in heaven? Papa patiently answers each question, assuring her that…