Coping With the Death of a Sibling

By: David Tindall
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Sibling relationships are unique and often tricky to navigate. That's why people often struggle to come to terms with the loss of a brother or sister. This unique bond has a significant influence over your life and losing it can feel like losing a part of your identity. At Tindall Funeral Home, we have seen several people struggle with this pain, which is why we offer the suggestions mentioned below:

1. Focus on the Good Parts

Sibling relationships can be complicated. There is often rivalry, resentment, harsh words, and even mild bullying between siblings. These can often lead to unresolved issues that cause additional grief after a brother or sister's demise. Focus on the good part of your relationship and the connection you built with them.

2. Forgive Yourself

A complicated relationship with unresolved issues can cause a lot of guilt. Don’t hold onto it and learn to forgive yourself. Say your apologies while saying final goodbyes before moving on. Carrying guilt can disrupt your healing process, causing more grief.

3. Seek Comfort from Friends

Siblings often rally their spirits to support other members of their family, helping them through this difficult time. While there is some comfort in helping others, it doesn't do much for your mental health. Spend some time with your friends or unbiased parties. They will listen to your feelings, offer advice, or even be a great distraction.

4. Get Away From Familiar Places

Sometimes people need to get away from places that continuously remind them of loss. Go on frequent weekend trips, stay with relatives in different states, go on long drives, etc. These trips will help you recover while offering a great distraction as well.

Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521 if you want to know about our funeral services and need advice on different services.

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