Helping a child grieve a lost sibling

Sharon LeGore, Family Advocate, shares advice for parents who have lost a child on the importance of thinking about your other children as well and how to help them grieve the loss of their sibling
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Helping a child grieve a lost sibling

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You know it is so important when you have lost a child to think about your other children as well. As parents, and I know. I did it. We go into that grieving mode and forget that our children are grieving as well. They are grieving the loss of their sibling and they need help just like we do to get counseling, to get support, to be able to talk about it. One of the things after my daughter´s death is no one talked about it. Nobody talked about their feelings. And for children, it is so important to get those feelings out. If not, they could explode later. And I know. I had that happen. Into just like a volcano, all of those emotions are going to come out somewhere. You need to be able to sit down and talk with them and realize if you are grieving, so are they. You need to get help for yourself because your children still need their parents and they need us to be healthy. And even though we are grieving the loss, we have to keep in mind that life goes on after addiction. Life goes on after the loss. And we have to be able to be there for our kids and help them through this.

Sharon LeGore, Family Advocate, shares advice for parents who have lost a child on the importance of thinking about your other children as well and how to help them grieve the loss of their sibling

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Sharon LeGore

Family Advocate

Sharon is the founder and president of Momstell, a parent advocacy organization she created after the death of her daughter to a drug overdose.  She created the Momstell website in order to expand the mission to join concerned parents and families to work together towards improving drug treatment, education, legislation, and policy. Mrs. LeGore has worked on many drug and alcohol policy, state budget and legislative issues for Pennsylvania, including legislation to create the first statewide Parent Advisory Council for substance abuse issues in Pennsylvania. She serves on several policy tables and co-chairs the PA Children’s Advisory Committee.

Mrs. LeGore is a consultant on substance abuse family involvement issues for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and is also the co-director of the SAMHSA sponsored “National Family Dialogue”. Sharon co-authored the CSAT/SAMHSA report “Families of Youth with Substance Use Disorders: A National Dialogue”, an issue brief entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment” a journal piece for Reclaiming Futures entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery: What do we know and what lies ahead”, co-authored the “Access to Substance Abuse Treatment: Results of a Family Survey” as well as several additional published articles. She is a national speaker and also serves on the Parent Advisory Board for the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Sharon is the mother of four and resides in Mt Wolf, Pennsylvania with her husband Terry.

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