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2019 SOUTH TEXAS

REGIONAL CONFERENCE

DEEP IN THE HEART OF HOPE

SIBLING WORKSHOPS AND SHARING SESSIONS

FINDING HOPE AFTER THE DEATH OF A SIBLING & BUILDING A LEGACY OF LOVE

Workshop created by Allie Sims Franklin and presented by Stephanie Thomsen

After Allie's brother died, it felt that hope was a word for the past or for other people, not for her. She has come to learn that hope comes from allowing yourself to grieve and to receive support from those who understand your loss. Just like Allie, Stephanie Thomsen, who lost her middle sister Andrea in 2015, has allowed herself to see hope for the future, and embrace this grieving journey she is now on. Building a legacy can mean different things to different people and at different stages of your grief: This workshop for parents, grandparents and siblings will explore the main issues that siblings face in finding ways to build a legacy of love for our siblings. We will explore the different ways to find hope and healing in our grief journey. This is an interactive workshop with some information about how to get started and lots of time to share what has worked for you.

Live Oak – Saturday 10:30

SIBLING PANEL FOR PARENTS

This workshop has drawn a lot of attention over the years since many believe it to be the most beneficial to both parents and siblings. There will be a panel of four to five siblings who will share their feelings and answer questions in a quest to help parents and siblings reopen the door to communication. Parents and grandparents will be able to ask questions that they only wish they could ask their surviving child(ren). Listening to a panel of siblings gives parents an inside look at what their surviving child(ren) may be thinking and feeling.

Pecan – Saturday 2:15

SIBLING LOSS SUCKS!

Workshop created by Dr. Heidi Horsley

After her 17-year-old brother Scott died, the most comforting words that anyone said to Dr. Horsley was that sibling loss sucks! Losing her brother was the worst thing that ever happened to her; it turned her world upside down. This workshop will explore how bereaved siblings can survive after the loss of a sibling.They question who they are without their sibling, and they worry about their parents. In this interactive workshop, the presenter will openly discuss what helped them, after the death of their sibling, and what has helped other siblings that Dr. Horsley has worked with over the years.The presenter will also address the unique aspects and challenges of sibling death and get feedback from participants about issues they are struggling with, and how they have found hope without their brother or sister.

Pecan – Saturday 3:30

WHEN YOU LOSE A SIBLING: LOSS, GRIEF & FOREVER AFTER

"When you lose a sibling, you lose the past and the future." It's true; sibling loss is unique in the sense of having lost the one you grew up with and thought would always be there. Yet, siblings often feel forgotten in the midst of others' grief. What can we expect to feel after a sibling dies, and for how long? How can we grieve and heal? How can surviving siblings better understand what's been lost? And what can parents and family do to help with the lifelong grief process? We will explain the nature of sibling loss, how siblings can grieve, what to expect in the future, and how parents and family can help, forever after.

                Live Oak – Saturday 1:00

MEMORIES LAST A LIFETIME AND OUR SIBLINGS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED

Losing a sibling at any age can leave you feeling heart broken, empty, and lonely with the lingering question "what would my sibling be like today?" Your sibling could have been your best friend or the only sibling you had, either way they were a huge part in your life. Everyone will experience days that will be easier than others, but our sibling's memory will always be part of our daily routine in life. It is important to remember all the memories you and your sibling shared together. Being able to express your feelings and talk about these memories to other siblings that truly understand is a great feeling. Do you have a special way you remember your sibling daily? In this workshop you will be able to share with other siblings one of your favorite memories of your beloved sibling and create a keepsake box to put whatever you would like in it to help you remember your sibling and the special memories you shared daily. Please feel free to bring pictures or an item that represent your special memories with your sibling that you can put in the box.

Live Oak – Friday 8:00

FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD FOR SIBS – THE INITIAL SHOCK HAS WORN OFF, WHY AM I STILL CRAZY?

Workshop created by Jordon Ferber and Cindy Tart, both seasoned sibs!

After you have been on this grief journey for several years, according to some that you know you should be over this. Something those people have that you don't is their sibling! Yes, you can have bad moments and moments where you miss your sibling immensely. That is the thing, as time goes on you may have bad moments and not bad days or weeks. Crazy is not a label I would use for seasoned siblings; it can be called a new normal. This is the new life without your sibling physically being by your side. Our two sibling presenters are both further down the road into sibling grief and can offer help and hope if you are too.

Live Oak – Friday 6:30

A NEW NORMAL: “ADULTING” AFTER THE LOSS OF A SIBLING

Even with our siblings gone, our lives move on and we day by day acclimate to our new normal. In this workshop we will have a panel of adult siblings available to share their stories about how they "adult'' as a bereaved siblings and handle day to day life as well as different milestones. A great sharing session for siblings, and we highly encourage participation.

Live Oak – Saturday 11:45