One of the best ways to help children grieve is to allow them to be a part of remembering their sibling. This allows them to work through their grief in a healthy way. Here are some ideas on incorporating siblings in remembering the brother or sister they lost and making them a part of your rituals.

  • Allow them to contribute to the planning of the funeral: pick out pictures to share, songs to include, or clothes to wear.
  • Give them a stuffed animal, blanket or other item to remember their sibling by.
  • Create a photo book with pictures of them with their sibling.
  • Share memories of your baby with them.
  • Allow them to help plan subsequent birthdays and special days.
  • Ask them how they would like to remember their sibling on special holidays.

For more general ideas on remembering your child, see the following blog. 

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