- TCF offers friendship and
understanding to bereaved siblings. We are learning that the death of
our brother or sister causes pain that other bereaved siblings understand
best. Knowing that everybody needs love and support, we reach out to
those who still feel alone and abandoned. Attendance at meetings by
those other than bereaved siblings is allowed only with prior consent
of all group members.
- TCF believes bereaved siblings
can help each other toward a positive resolution of their grief. We
offer support as each bereaved sibling finds his or her own way through
grief. We know that expressing thoughts and feelings is part of the
healing process. We offer an opportunity for sharing with, and learning
from other bereaved siblings. Everyone deserves an opportunity to share;
however no one is compelled to speak. We have the responsibility to
- TCF reaches out to all
bereaved siblings regardless of religion, race, economic class, or ethnic
group. We express our individual views with respect and consideration
for those who may disagree with us.
- TCF understands that all
sibling members have individual needs and rights. We recognize that
there is more than one way to grieve and that bereaved siblings and
bereaved parents may grieve in different ways and on differing timelines.
We know that these differing grief styles can cause additional stress
and conflict in an already disabled family. We remain nonjudgmental
about individual needs and grief styles. We understand the emotional
and spiritual dilemmas raised by the death of a sibling.
- TCF recognizes that the
term "bereaved sibling" encompasses all age groups. We understand
that the death of a brother or sister affects not only children but
adult siblings as well. We show sensitivity to all siblings regardless
- Adopted 1991