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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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I Want to Finish His Life for Him

I Want to Finish His Life for Him

Identification of Bereaved Siblings with the Deceased

(p.185) 30 I Want to Finish His Life for Him
The Weeping Willow

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the identification of bereaved siblings with the deceased, describing the case of nine-year-old Dawn, who wanted to finish the life of her deceased brother for him. It explains that bereaved siblings sometimes feel obligated to replace the deceased sibling, and that though this may seem well-meaning, it is problematic for the sibling. The chapter discusses the importance for parents of giving explicit permission and direction to remaining children to continue to be who they are, and not try to replace their deceased sibling.

Keywords:   bereaved siblings, parents, deceased sibling, death, grieving

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