An extremely well-written, compassionate guide for the millions of people who come face to face with a death in their own families
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 the necessary steps toward recovering from their devastating loss.
“The death of a loved one always involves pain. When that loved one is a brother or sister, the hurt and grief take a special form. When it is a child who loses a sibling, great sensitivity is required of parents whose own grief may block the love they need to show and of other relatives, teachers, and friends. In a moving account Donnelly brings together people’s own expressions of the pain, anger, and guilt they felt at the death of a sibling. She also lets them tell what helped them live with their grief—what others said and did that helped and what other shouldn’t have said or done. Particularly helpful is the information given on support groups.” —Library Journal
Author of over nine books published in various languages, including her Recovery series, Katherine Fair Donnelly also co-wrote a “Recovering” column, which was syndicated alongside Dear Abby and Ann Landers in publications such as the Dallas Morning News. She lectured at numerous colleges and appeared on the Today Show, Sally Jessy Raphael show, and Canada AM, as well in People magazine and The Wall Street Journal for her extensive grief work. Donnelly died in 2014.