Day 2: The Siblings

Day 2: The Siblings
Much in our family has changed since Shane took his last breathe on March 30, 2015.
Our focus then and now has always been on Chase and Ella and now Will.
To encourage them to look at the positive things in life. To let them know that bad things can happen to good people, but you don’t have to let it define you.
Studies have shown that the traumatic loss of a sibling can lead to many difficulties in adulthood in terms of physical and mental health. The stats are unnerving.
I will never forget our clinic visit the first time after we returned from Boston. Everyone at CHOP had been briefed on our meeting. They knew, we really KNEW the reality of our situation and the outcome for Shane. Our social worker approached me with care and asked what we needed. I replied: “I need help preparing Chase and Ella.”
We are truly grateful to the child life program at CHOP. Without this program and our amazing child life specialist, I don’t think Chase and Ella would be coping as well as they do.
Grief changes over time. Their grief changes.
Through it all, I am comforted knowing they have support to get through those tough moments and milestones.

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