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Sibling Grief:Healing After the Death of a Sister or Brother

Sibling Grief:Healing After the Death of a Sister or Brother [Kindle Edition]

P Gill White
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"""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

P. Gill White, PhD, was only fifteen when her sister Linda made her swear not to tell anyone about the pain she had in her side, fearing it would spoil an upcoming family vacation. Linda died four months later from a rare form of cancer. White and her family never talked about the loss until decades later, when memories began to haunt her.

Sibling Grief is White's validation of the emotional significance of sibling loss. She draws on both clinical experience and her own deeply personal experience, along with wisdom from hundreds of bereaved siblings, to explain the five healing tasks unique to sibling grief. White also describes the dream patterns of bereaved siblings, showing how healing is reflected in the dream state.

Throughout, she illustrates the long-lasting connection between siblings-a connection that death itself cannot sever."

About the Author

P. Gill White, PhD, a professional counselor in private practice in Chesterfield, Missouri, specializes in working with individuals who have experienced the loss of a sibling. She is founder and director of The Sibling Connection, a not-for-profit organization based in St. Louis.. She has been married for thirty-five years and has two grown children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 327 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (29 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LH3HHU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Speaking from personal experience of this subject, each sibling death is unique, personal and, as a result, potentially complex as there are many factors that have a bearing on the situation. The book makes this point well, and all credit to the author for exploring this difficult topic and publicising the importance of work in this area.

The unique nature of sibling loss is what can make it so difficult to deal with, especially for the young (look around and see how hard adults find it to deal with their grief over the loss of a sibling). This individuality of experience makes the drawing of universal lessons difficult.

However, the author does a reasonable job of bringing some generally applicable points to the fore. Certainly the book is a good point from which an individual might go on to explore issues that are specific to the loss they have experienced.
Alternatively, the book might prove useful for someone who has not experienced sibling loss themselves, but wants to learn more about it, for example if they know someone who has had such a loss.

One thing to point out, I think some might find the info on the author's website useful as well, as there are signposts to other resources that might prove useful, such as websites, helpful organisations and media such as books and film dealing with this topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not forgotten anymore 30 May 2006
By Peg McFarland - Published on
If siblings are called the forgotten mourners, here is one place where they are remembered. P. Gill White, director of the Sibling Connection, writes about the issues that we deal with on a daily basis and offers hope for healing. The book is a mixture of material--research based information, wisdom from other bereaved siblings, the author's own story, material from survivors who have been helped in therapy, legends, poetry.

I loved the legend of the tear jar and the legend of the loneliness birds--these and the poetry greatly enriched the book.

I particularly liked the section on dreams and I can foresee others wanting to study this section with a view to their own healing or even further research. The book made me feel understood and I wanted to give it to my friends.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful 30 Dec 2007
By Katie C. - Published on
I felt that this book better summed up the way one feels after the loss of a sibling than some others I have read over the past few years. It was less of a persoanl account of the author's own grief and more of a research based approach to the grief process one goes through as a sibling who has lost another sibling. Other books I have read were more like personal childhood stories from the author, which helped me in no way at all. I appreciated this book and found it very helpful in dealing with and understanding my own grief. It comforted me to know that it is natural to feel this way and that others feel the same way.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book 30 Jun 2006
By Amanda Farrell (NY USA) - Published on
Gill White does an outstanding job in this much needed book about sibling loss. This book has been my savior. It is in essence years of councling in one book. The author explores every avenue of sibling loss at any age and it's profound effects on the surivors lives. She also explores the ignorance in society on this topic. Excelent reading material.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening 30 May 2007
By C. Buttner - Published on
As a surviving sibling I found this book contained a lot of information about how we respond to a brother or sister's death. I recognised some clear patterns of behaviour that definitely applied to me. It contains information on how siblings of all ages respond and while I would have liked more detail on the section that particularly applied to myself, I found reading the other sections very interesting too as they gave me some insight into how my other siblings may have been affected.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling Grief 8 Jun 2010
By Therese M. Galvan - Published on
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I lost my big brother (59) within 3 weeks! Due to a massive stroke. I am the youngest, the little sister (56). I miss him so much. This book hones in on exactly how I am feeling. True, there are books and cards for the loss of a parent, spouse, or child, but not the sibling. I don't get it. I read this book over and over, I don't know how you can get over the loss of a sibling when you have a close bond.
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