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Helping children understand the loss of a Sibling

The loss of a baby due to early pregnancy loss, medically advised termination, stillbirth or newborn death is a traumatic event for all family members including siblings. Explaining the death of a sibling to children can be daunting for parents who are also dealing with their own grief at the loss of their child. It is common for parents to feel unsure about what to say and how much to tell children and to want to protect them, especially when children are very young and may struggle to understand the concept of death.

To support families during this very difficult time Life’s Little Treasures Foundation in partnership NIDCAP Australasia have developed ‘My BRAVE Journey’, an interactive, guided children’s colouring in book. This gorgeous book aimed at siblings between the ages of 2 and 10 years, uses Australian native animals to talk children through their emotions and experiences associated with the loss of a baby. Inside parents and children can work through each page at a pace and stage appropriate to their family.

My BRAVE Journey covers:

• What they might see in hospital

• Normalising feelings and how to express them

• Who to talk to when your feelings feel too big

• How to say goodbye and remembering your sibling

• How to tell your friends

• A parent section on how to use the book and where to get further support

With thanks to SEED we are able to fund this resource free of charge to neonatal hospitals across Australia.

The book is also available for purchase through our shop for $7.95. Funds from these purchases will go back into paying for books to be provided free of charge in hospital.

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