Dealing with grief - Daily Mirror

ended 14. September 2021

A journalist at the Daily Mirror is writing a feature on sibling grief and needs expert quotes, for example:

  • How does grief specifically impact people who have lost a sibling (they've lost their best friend and try to protect their parents by downplaying their own grief, etc)
  • How easily can sibling grief be overlooked within the unspoken 'hierarchy' of grief (focus is often on the parent who's lost a child, or a child who's lost a parent)?
  • What are the ways that might help ease the pain?

Please respond with no more than two paragraphs. Deadline is tomorrow morning at 09:00.

1 responses from the Newspage community

Siblings often share ‘load’ when it comes to their parents – when one parent is ill or struggling for example, siblings distribute not only the logistics of dealing with this, but also the emotional strain, amongst themselves. When a sibling dies, we experience the loss and sadness of not only losing our close ally, but it can also be a catalyst to confronting our own mortality. This can serve as a very stark, and at times, unwelcome reminder of how fleeting life is. It is true that no parent should ever have to bury a child, and it is of course, tragic when a child loses a parent too young, but in all of this, we often forget that siblings of the deceased may also be experiencing acute grief. Unfortunately, it is all too common that it is the siblings that are left to deal with all the practical arrangements. While it occurs to kindly friends to check in with bereaved parents and even offer support with the likes of cooking and errands, siblings might be overlooked. Siblings should not be afraid of leaning on their own support network, be that friends, partners or other family members. If you’ve lost a sibling, whether you need help with arrangements, support with your parents, or just someone to talk to, let your nearest and dearest come alongside you and help you through this difficult time.