Coping With the Death of a Sibling

By: Brian K. Daly
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Relationships between siblings are often complicated, but most share a unique and strong bond. That's why coping with a sibling's death can be a stressful ordeal. At Ocean County Cremation Service, we have seen how devastating the loss of a sibling can be. Here are a few tips that can help people dealing with this pain:

1. Accept Your Loss

Sibling relationships can be full of competitiveness, unresolved issues, and even resentment. People left behind often struggle with guilt and feel like they don't deserve to grieve. Regardless of how complicated your relationship with your brother or sister was, take time to grieve. Accept this loss and work on healing.

2. Seek Comfort from Friends

When the whole family is grieving, it can be difficult for siblings to focus on their pain. Friends can be a great resource under this circumstance. They aren't connected to the deceased individual and aren't grieving so you can unburden yourself a friend's company. They can provide a distraction, a sympathetic ear, or even let you rage about unresolved issues.

3. Seek Support from Family

Don't underestimate the power of family. Even if your parents or loved ones are grieving, they have room for you. Talk to them, share your experiences, share a few secrets, or draw comfort from people who are going through the same pain. Families can heal together, especially during times of acute grief. 

4. Take a Break

Take a break away from familiar surroundings that remind you of the loss. It is a good idea to go on a weekend vacation or stay if relatives in a different state for a week or two. Taking a break can help you cope with the loss better.

If you want to know more or want to arrange for a service, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We’ll be happy to help.

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