Sibling Bereavement Helping Children Cope With Loss
- List Price: $34.95
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
- Publish date: 09/01/1998
Based on real life case studies and interviews, this sympathetic and practical book looks at the many and various emotional effects of sibling bereavement on the whole family. While acknowledging that there is no "right" way for parents to behave towards surviving children, the clear presentation of the issues acts as a guide to achieving a "healthy" mourning process and enabling those affected to get on with their lives.
The book deals with infant mortality, sibling substitutes, and dead sibling fantasies. It examines are phenomena such as the black sheep, the avenging sister, the only child, and other features and dynamics of sibling bereavement. Finally, it explores such issues as scapegoating, family structures, a mother's grief, denial and disbelief, breakdown and breakthrough, and moving out of the shadow of death towards some sort of resolution.