Death of a Sibling

Grieving After the Death of a Sibling

It may come as no surprise that our founder, Dr. Jerry Rothman lost his older brother when he was just eleven years old.  That shattering event affected him so profoundly that it led to his career choice and commitment to help others living with the same circumstance.  Grieving after the death of a sibling involves a certain kind of bio-psychology that is hard to define.  Each loss is utterly unique and depends so much on the nature of the relationship, but siblings are often interconnected in a complex tangle of emotions and life experiences.  Many of our clients who have lost siblings—whether the connection was positive, negative, or more often a combination of both—have described feeling as if a part of themselves has been severed.  Indeed, descriptions of loss in general often involve intense imagery and emotions, which need to find expression in a safe and understanding healing environment.

Metaphors for Mourners

Metaphors for Mourners

Grief counseling has a specific character in that it is essentially focused on assisting the griever in recognizing, reacting to, and integrating loss(es). However, while it is distinct in its nature and course, grief counseling often intersects with traditional...

Sibling Loss

Sibling Loss

In American society we suffer from long-standing patterns of anxiety and denial about death.  Perhaps as a result, in our grief and mourning processes, we’ve learned to cope with our powerful reactions with self-control and “strength.”  It seems we are socially...