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Author Topic: The New Sibling Voice & Parent Journey Newsletters  (Read 2555 times)
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« on: April 05, 2011, 05:36:38 PM »

Hi, Everyone.

I wanted to let you know that, after we launched our new Sibling Voice newsletter in January, we received so many praises and wonderful emails from siblings, parents and others regarding the fact that we have now given siblings a voice. HOWEVER, what has surprised me so much is how few parents have actually read the Sibling Voice newsletter.

The Sibling Voice and the Parent Journey are not newsletters just for that particular population. Both newsletters, although generally written by either siblings or parents in the respective newsletters, are for EVERYONE. The purpose behind the newsletters is:

1) to provide love, hope, and support for those who are grieving over the loss of a sibling or child by reading the stories written by others who have already been where you currently are, what worked and didn't work, and to give you inspiration and hope to keep going; and
2) for absolutely everyone else to read so they will understand and know how to best support siblings and parents. That includes parents reading the sibling newsletters, siblings reading the parent newsletters, and everyone else around the world reading them both: family members, acquaintenances, friends, co-workers, specialists, and everyone else I've forgotten.

Each newsletter takes weeks to organize and put together, and that doesn't even include the amount of blood, sweat, and tears those who are writing the articles put into each article as they remember all that they've gone through in order to write down their experiences and bring them to you. Also . . .

A huge part of what everyone needs after the death of a child is education--educating ourselves AND others regarding what is happening to us and how to best support ourselves and those we love and care for. No one can be expected to just "know" what to do after the death of a child.

So what better way for all of us to become educated than to read each other's journeys (in the newsletters and through this website)?

For those who are not the parents or siblings, there is no way for you to know how to best support someone who has lost a child or brother or sister unless you become better educated yourselves. And that is another service we provide through our website and our newsletters.

So please, parents, read the sibling newsletters, and please, siblings, read the parent newsletters. To the rest of you: Please read them both so you will know how you can be an integral part of loving, supporting, understanding, and knowing what you need to do in order to be a positive part of the journey you are all on together.

Sending you all lots of love.
Erika's Mom

P.S. It will be nine years in May since Erika died, and it will be eight years in August that griefHaven became a reality. We ALL care about you SO much.
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011, 09:47:02 AM »

Hi Susan - Thank you for this. I look forward to reading these on your great website. Its good to know I am not alone.
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