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April 10th, 2009, 01:34 PM
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Our son, Michael (5yrs. old), was very much looking forward to being a big brother to his baby brother Santiago (Stillborn @32wks) but instead is having to learn how to deal with his grieving and watching us grieve too. What did you guys do to help your kids deal with the death of their sibling(s)? Every once in a while out of nowhere he'll let me know he is sad and misses his baby, he has asked me when we will have another baby, my poor little man has even asked me what we will do if our next baby dies. I feel horrible that he has to deal with all this, that as much as we wish that our kids aren't affected to find that they are hurt like us and are carrying these thoughts with them all day too. Any advise would be more than welcomed. Thank you.
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April 10th, 2009, 01:38 PM
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I didn't have to deal with that, as my angel was my first baby, but I do believe that there is a sticky on resources you can look through for helping older children.

Good luck honey and prayers for your family (especially little Michael)
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April 10th, 2009, 02:09 PM
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lots of hugs and tears my son was 8 when i lost his baby sister and he took it quite well.
a few occasions he misbehaved alot more. and answer as many questions as u can.
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April 10th, 2009, 02:11 PM
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There is a book called "We Were Going To Have a Baby, But We Had An Angel Instead" that is pretty good for kids.

My kids were 5 and 7 when Clark died and my oldest took it pretty hard. I got them both teddy bears that are their Clark bears. They can hold the bear whenever they are sad or thinking of him. They both sleep with their bear every night. I also got a third bear for our next baby to have. I have the same bear as well.

I would just be there and talk to him when he needs to. It may continue for a while. Even now Conner will wake up in the middle of the night crying or just cry in the middle of the day.

All you can do is be there for him.
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April 10th, 2009, 02:21 PM
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Sorry, I'm no help either as Katrina was also my first born. But like Brittanie said, I'm pretty sure there's a sticky on that and what Claire and Alicia said.

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April 10th, 2009, 03:04 PM
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Our situation was a little different too. The books we have for Samantha are "Where's Jess?" and "Sad isn't bad."
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April 11th, 2009, 12:15 AM
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sorry. I am no help here. We only have malachi
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