Empty Chair:Living in the Wake of a Sibling's Suicide

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At least 30,000 people kill themselves in the United States alone, most leaving behind shocked siblings. Yet, too often, the grief and bewilderment of surviving siblings is simply ignored, leaving the bereaved siblings feeling even more abandoned. The accounts of siblings' experiences in An Empty Chair are based on interviews with more than 30 people from all over the United States, as well as the author Sara Swan Miller's own experience of losing a sister to suicide.

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Overview

At least 30,000 people kill themselves in the United States alone, most leaving behind shocked siblings. Yet, too often, the grief and bewilderment of surviving siblings is simply ignored, leaving the bereaved siblings feeling even more abandoned. The accounts of siblings' experiences in An Empty Chair are based on interviews with more than 30 people from all over the United States, as well as the author Sara Swan Miller's own experience of losing a sister to suicide.

Just as sibling relationships are varied and complex, so the feelings and experiences of sibling suicide survivors run a long and complex gamut from deep grief, to anger, to guilt, to relief. Often these feelings are intermixed. The survivors are often bewildered by the complexity of their feelings, including reactions that may seem shameful or inappropriate. These moving accounts will help other sibling survivors of sibling suicide see that they are not alone. No matter what their feelings and reactions are, there are others who have shared them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595095230
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 246,140
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Part 1 The Gamut of Feelings 1
Chapter 1 "I wanted to die, too" 3
Chapter 2 "I wish I missed you more" 35
Chapter 3 "If you weren't dead already, I'd kill you for this!" 45
Chapter 4 "The guilt still burdens me" 59
Chapter 5 "Frankly, it was a relief" 79
Chapter 6 Reverberations down the Years 93
Chapter 7 Experiences of Very Young Children 115
Chapter 8 Losing a Twin 127
Chapter 9 Unbidden Thoughts and Feelings 143
Part 2 Family, Friends, Strangers, Relationships 151
Chapter 10 Family Repercussions 153
Chapter 11 Who cares for sibiling survivors? 163
Chapter 12 Spouses, Lovers, and Others 171
Part 3 Sibling Issues 179
Chapter 13 Suicide as an Option 181
Chapter 14 Am I my sibling's keeper? 197
Chapter 15 Were you thinking of me? 205
Chapter 16 Can a sibling understand it best? 213
Conclusion 225
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  • Posted January 1, 2009

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    Highly recommended for any one who has lost a sibling to suicide

    I found this book to be helpful and comforting. I found parts of my story in several different people, knowing you are not alone, and having the opportunity to read other peoples thoughts and feelings, (both good and bad) is a valuable tool in my opinion. It was very hard to find a book for people who lost a sibling to suicide. I wish there was more books, and support for those of us who have suffered this loss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    The author knows...

    The author knows what she is talking about. She is candid, especially when considering the fact that she is exploring a sibling's suicide.

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