When a family experiences a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death it can have quite an impact on the existing children. They may be young, but their feelings can be deep. One may think they can’t handle talking about hard things, such as death, but it’s surprising how much they comprehend. Death of a family member isn’t easy for anyone. My Sibling Still is a wonderful resource for children, even parents, to help cope with the baby they lost.
I’ve mentioned before that the losses I endured came before the living children I’m raising now and when my oldest was barely a toddler. My husband and I could have kept the truth of their siblings to ourselves, but we personally didn’t want to keep the knowledge of their existence a secret. We decided early on that we’d share about all our babies and freely answer any questions our living children have. It has spurred some meaningful heartfelt conversations.
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What is My Sibling Still About?
If you are wanting to discuss with your kids about the sibling(s) they lost and want a tool to help guide the conversation, My Sibling Still is a wonderful book to help. This book could also be helpful for children who lost older or younger siblings they already knew. The book isn’t catered to one specific type of loss, which makes it unique.
The back of the book reads: A gentle story with comforting pictures, My Sibling Still reminds us that our relationships with the little ones who have gone before us continue after death.
This story is unique in that it is told from the point of view of the sibling who passed away. There is a butterfly that appears throughout the book as a subtle way of representing the sibling who passed. The book walks through different thoughts and experiences a living sibling may have. The detailed illustrations will draw you into the story as if you can feel the emotions of the family depicted.
What My Kids Think of My Sibling Still
My daughter specifically enjoyed studying details in the pictures. She admired this picture because the colors appear like a rainbow. The book is just the right size for a child and one she naturally cradled in her arms.
Where Can I Find a Copy of the Book?
My Sibling Still is available on Amazon. It comes in paperback and as an ebook. You can connect with the author on Instagram here. You can also find the story behind the book, supplementary activities, a space to commemorate your little one, and more at www.mysiblingstill.com.
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