Coping with the Death of a Sibling

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The relationship between siblings is unique and difficult to understand. It is full of competitiveness, quarrels, love, jealousy, protectiveness, and resentment. Most siblings are closer to each other than they are to their parents, but they also deal with unique relationship challenges that can last for a lifetime. At Gallagher Funeral Home, we have seen people struggle to understand and accept the death of a sibling. Here are some tips that can help you cope with them:

1. Take Time Away from Home

A person’s childhood home is a constant reminder of their relationship with different family members. When you’re dealing with the demise of a sibling, such an environment can quickly become stifling. Taking a break away from home can help you accept the loss at your own pace. Go on a long weekend drive, stay at a friend’s place, or try camping at the nearby campgrounds for a couple of days. These activities will help you gain some distance and comfort.

2. Talk With Friends

People often end up supporting their parents and other family members through grief instead of dealing with their own pain after their sibling dies. Talking to friends gives you to the opportunity to break free from familial obligations for some time and focus on yourself. Friends offer unbiased support and will listen to your unresolved feelings on the matter.

3. Spend Time With Family

It is also important to spend some time with your family because they share your grief. Find comfort in your parents, other siblings, aunts, and uncles. Take time to reconnect and share positive memories of your deceased sibling with others. That can help with the recovery process as well.

If you need help on funeral-related matters or want to know more about our services here at Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call at 318-640-1375 today

 

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