Grieving the Loss of a Sibling

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People naturally tend to feel for parents who lose a son or daughter, but many fail to recognize the grief of those who lose their brothers and sisters. That’s why surviving siblings are often referred to as the “forgotten mourners.” If you have lost your brother or sister, Valley of the Temples would like to extend an invitation to our online grief support and counseling services. In addition to our online services, we would also like to take a few minutes to explain the grieving process unique to surviving siblings.

Mourning the Loss of History

Siblings share a special history. When a brother or sister dies, the bonds that made that history feel alive are shattered, and the history forever has a void that cannot be filled. When your sibling passes away, it is perfectly normal to mourn the loss of a living connection with your past. But you can find comfort in the fact that the memories will last a lifetime, and that the memory of your loved one will never fade.

Mourning the Loss of Future

More devastating than the loss of history is the loss of future. When a sibling dies, one of the immediate sinking feelings is the realization that all future special occasions will be forever changed. Birthday celebrations, anniversaries, and holidays will always be missing someone. But if you keep your brother or sister alive and well in your heart, they will never be far at any special occasion or family get-together.

The Valley of the Temples Memorial Park wants to remind you that you’re not alone in your grief. You can rest assured of our commitment to helping you through this difficult time. Dr. Virginia Simpson, our Executing Counseling Director, brings both personal and professional experience with death and grieving to our online counseling services. We can also help you plan a fitting farewell to your loved one at our beautiful memorial park and cemetery in Oahu. To learn more about our services, please call us at (808) 239-8811.

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