Why Don’t They Cry navigates the tumultuous waters of grief and offers guidance to parents who have lost a child in their journey toward healing. Why was this an important book for you to write?
For over a decade, I have been approached by parents who have lost a child and have other living children. They would ask me why they were not seeing their children grieve. I wrote this book so parents could have a better understanding of what their children are going through. To give insights into some of the possible changes going on in the family. This book was important for me to write because I want to help parents gain an understanding of the sibling survivor experience and hopefully be able to help their children.
What is a common misconception you feel people have about grief?
That grief is somehow a time-limited process. The truth is everyone’s grief journey is unique. Also, I will NEVER get over the loss of my sister, but I am working y way through her loss every day. Some days are better than others. This is true for most people, they are working their way through their loss.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
Giving insight into the sibling survivor ™ experience. Talking about the new family dynamics and hopefully helping parents to recognize their new expectations of their living children. Most importantly I wanted to shed some light on why we don’t cry in front of our parents.
What message would you like parents to take away from your book and your journey?
I hope that parents take away a better understanding of what the sibling survivor experience is like and find ways to support and acknowledge the loss of their children’s brother or sister. I also hope that I have provided useful tips that help open up communication within the family.
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