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When a Brother or Sister Dies


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"This book offers sound support and sage counsel to those adults experiencing the loss of a sibling. While the book is grounded in the most current perspectives of grief, it is deeply compassionate, well-written, and offers wise advice to all those who experience this common yet disenfranchised loss." -- Kenneth J. Doka, PhD Professor of Gerontology The Graduate School The College of New Rochelle Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Siblings: A Complex Relationship Chapter 2: And Then There Was One Chapter 3: But You Have Other Siblings, Dont You? Chapter 4: Anticipatory Grieving Chapter 5: Death by Suicide Chapter 6: 9/11 Dealing With a Public Death Chapter 7: Losing a Twin Chapter 8: The Bereavement Support Group Chapter 9: Resolving a Discordant Relationship Chapter 10: The Legacy of Loss in Childhood Chapter 11: When the Spirit Moves You Chapter 12: The Rewards of Ritual Chapter 13: Continuing the Connection Chapter 14: How Do We Help Someone Who Is Grieving? Chapter 15: What About Me?

About the Author

Claire Berman, is a freelance writer, former Director of Public Education for the Child Welfare League of America, and former Executive Council member for the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Specializing in writing about the emotional dimensions of family relationships, she has authored or co-authored eight books, and her articles have appeared in publications including Reader's Digest, McCall's, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and The New York Times Magazine. Berman has appeared on the Today show and has been featured in People magazine.


"Recommended. All readers." - Choice
"The many case histories, woven together here in a compelling narrative, come from social workers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and clergy as well as from the siblings themselves. . . . The writing is authentic, nuanced, compassionate, and definitely plows 'new ground'. Recommended for public, parish, and seminary libraries." - Catholic Library World

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