The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: The Power of Parenting - How to Help Your Child After the Death of a Sibling from Substance Use or Overdose

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: The Power of Parenting - How to Help Your Child After the Death of a Sibling from Substance Use or Overdose
Posted 2/3/2021

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After the Death of a Sibling from Substance Use or Overdose provides information for all caregivers who are parenting children after the death of a sibling from substance use or overdose. Drawing from the wisdom of parents and children who have been through this experience this tip sheet provides information on how to facilitate grieving. This fact sheet is intended to support parents of children ages 7 and older. As this tip sheet notes, one of the most difficult issues a family faces after a loss of child to overdose is stigma associated with a death connected to drug misuse. Tips to overcome stigma are provided and real-life family stories are provided to support families facing stigma. This tip sheet also offers support for families as they face the wide range of reactions among family members, including miscommunications and misunderstandings over the loss of a child to overdose. Additionally, this tip sheet helps families prepare for anticipatory grief - the normal mourning a family does when they expect a death as a result of a child's previous overdoses. Tips to support families as they move forward from loss, including practicing self-care, are provided to foster coping and healing after loss. Additional tips and real-life parent stories are provided for parents and family members as they grieve and heal from the loss of a child from an overdose.