Tragedy Assistance: How to Cope With the Loss of a Sibling


Service member sitting at his desk with a picture of himself and his brother, and his collection of service coins

Losing a loved one is a difficult experience, and the death of a sibling can be a unique and particularly painful loss. When a sibling dies, you may feel like you’re losing a part of your family history, and that all your special occasions will be changed forever.

It’s natural for others to focus on comforting a surviving spouse, child or parent. They may not realize how the death of a brother or sister can affect you or know how to provide the support you need. But no one has to struggle alone — there are many ways you can cope with your feelings, and people and organizations you can turn to for support during this difficult time.

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