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The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss

Dr. Angela Dean / The Broken Pack™, LLC

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On this podcast, surviving sibling, psychologist, and thanatologist, Dr. Angela Dean, helps other grieving siblings share their sibling loss stories. This podcast aims to provide an authentic space for surviving siblings to express their grief and help others navigate the complex emotions associated with this profound, often misunderstood loss. The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss delves into the profound and often overlooked topic of sibling loss, offering a platform for surviving ...
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I am a bereaved father, a bereaved son, a bereaved brother & a bereaved friend. Listening to other people's stories of how they cope with their death losses has almost always given me useful tools to use in my journey. The purpose of Heroes in Grief is the same. It is my sincere hope that hearing the remarkable things that grieving people have done to honor their loved ones, or maybe just to cope will encourage you as well. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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Dr. Dean & Tom discuss the unique dynamics surrounding those who lose a sibling as well as the formation & mission of The Broken Pack. Show links: Podcast: : https://thebrokenpack.com/podcast/ (or wherever you listen to podcasts) Website: thebrokenpack.com Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenp…
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Moira suffered the losses of her mother, brother & father, her entire family in just a 5 year span. She has now taken what she has experienced & learned from those losses & more to help others through their grief. Hear her story & the ways that she is now helping. Connect with Moira: GriefSpan.com: https://www.griefspan.com/ Instagram: https://www.…
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In this raw and heartfelt episode of The Broken Pack™:Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Taylor bravely shares her experience as a surviving sibling after losing her brother Ben to Adderall addiction. Through tears and laughter, she explores the depths of sibling grief, the unexpected signs that Ben is still with her, and the ongoing journey of navigat…
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In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Dr. Dean speaks with Randye, a surviving sibling, who shares her deeply personal story of losing her brother Mitch to cancer over 45 years ago. Her experience challenges the notion that grief fades with time, highlighting the enduring nature of sibling loss and its profound lifelon…
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Make sure and check out all of Kera's great resources at the links below! Please remember to Subscribe, rate, review the podcast. It really helps!!! Thank you! https://www.getgriefymagazine.com/ https://www.legacylettersjournal.com/ Virtual magazine link- https://issuu.com/legacylettersjournal Amazon links: https://amzn.to/4bHdx87 get Griefy 1 http…
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WARNING: This episode discusses child loss, Fentanyl poisoning, and accidental overdose. Please listen with caution if you feel you may be activated by any of the content. (Sorry for the several alert tones. We were on a tight time schedule. No time to record again. They do not happen throughout the whole broadcast.) Tom welcomes Chris Ryan, a bere…
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This episode of The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss explores the enduring impact of sibling loss with guest Dawn Rodgers. Together, Dawn and Dr. Dean delve into Dawn's experience decades after losing her brother, offering support and strategies for navigating this complex and persistent grief. Dawn Rodgers is a surviving sibling who fou…
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Life Interrupted: Finding Purpose Through Grief In a deeply moving episode of "The Broken Pack™", Dentist Dr. Parul Dua Makkar shares her sibling loss story of losing her younger brother, Dentist Dr. Manu Dua, to oral cancer. With Dr. Dean, she explores her special sibling special bond, the harrowing experience of Manu's illness, and how this profo…
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In this episode of The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss , journalist and author Steven Petrow joins Dr. Dean to discuss various aspects of sibling loss, grief, and medical aid in dying. He shares his personal experiences with losing his sister, Julie, to a six-year ovarian cancer experience, navigating his responses to her choice, and th…
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Grieving the Unexpected: A Sister's Loss and Big Changes after Surviving Sibling Loss Unexpectedly In this episode, Dr. Angela Dean speaks with Heather Mercer about the sudden loss of her sister, Melissa, to a heart attack shortly after giving birth. Heather shares her journey of navigating profound grief, complex custody battles, and the ripple ef…
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Surviving Sibling Loss & Stigma: Sara / Dan The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss features Dr. Dean interviewing Sara McCann, who recounts losing her brother Dan to substance use disorder. In this conversation, Sara unpacks the unique challenges faced by surviving siblings and the stigma surrounding addiction. Prepare to be moved by Sara's…
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An Oncology Nurse's Journey of Grief and Loss: Navigating Sibling Loss , Knowledge, and Devastation In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling Cally Marzolf-Adams, an oncology nurse shares her difficult sibling loss story of losing her sister, Sarah, to metastatic pancreatic cancer. Through her conversatio…
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Your Heart’s Voice: A conversation about Sibling Loss , Intuition, and Living with Loss In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, host Dr. Angela Dean talks to Renée Green Murphy, author and surviving sibling, about losing her brother Robert in a tragic automobile accident. Renée shares her experiences of grief from siblin…
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Sibling Loss Decades Later : A Heartfelt Conversation with Eric Grace Surviving sibling Eric Grace shares his sibling loss experience of losing his brother, Kyle, in a tragic car accident over 25 years ago. Through his story, Dr. Dean and Eric explore the complexities of sibling loss, grief, and the lasting impact on surviving siblings. Eric and Dr…
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Sibling Loss and Organ Donation: A Conversation with Kelly Stiffler In this episode, Dr. Dean speaks with Kelly Stiffler about losing her younger brother, Josh, from a seizure. Josh was an organ donor and Kelly shares how this loss has affected her and the family. We also explore how different roles and relationships mean grieving the same person d…
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Sibling Loss survivor and author, Linzi Meaden, shares What Suicide Left Behind Linzi shares her story of losing her only sibling, her brother, Stuart, to suicide during the pandemic. Linzi shares how writing in her journal led her to writing her book, What Suicide Left Behind: Navigating Your Own Grief Journey, to normalize grief from suicide loss…
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Jillian’s Sibling Loss Story: Unresolved Issues, Family Conflict, and the Loss of a Sibling to Suicide In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling Jillian Prouse, a mother and a teacher, shared her personal journey of grief and loss, highlighting the weight of unspoken words, the impact of suicide, and the …
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Kassy’s Sibling Loss Story: Untimely, Unexpected, and Heartbreaking Circumstances In this episode, Dr. Dean speaks with Kassy Bowes about losing her younger sister, Rheanna, due to abdominal sepsis as a complication from a medical intervention. Listen as Kassy shares how losing her 19-year-old sister , Rheanna, shattered her world, challenged her b…
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Sibling Loss Due to Brain Cancer: Chris's Anticipatory Grief, Continuing Bonds, and Legacy-Building In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Dr. Dean speaks with surviving sibling Dr. Chris Ban, an oral surgeon and Jeopardy champion, who opens up about the anticipatory grief of and profound grief after losing his brother …
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Sibling Loss and Organ Donation: A Conversation with Katie Kuehn In this episode, Dr. Angela Dean explores sibling loss and organ donation with Katie Kuehn, who lost her brother Josh to a seizure. Josh was an organ donor, and Katie shares how his decision to give life to others has impacted her family and the importance of organ donation. She also …
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Coping with Sibling Loss: A Journey of Grief and Transformation with Stefanie Joseph In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling, Stefanie Joseph, shares her sibling loss experience of losing her sister Jen to bacterial meningitis during the pandemic. She shares how difficult losing her sister was and how he…
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The Invisible Threads of Sibling Loss and Surviving Siblings: A Conversation with Dr. Dawn DiRaimondo In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, psychologist Dr. DiRaimondo shares her personal experience with sibling loss with our host, psychologist and thanatologist, Dr. Angela Dean. Together the psychologists, b…
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Sibling Loss and Running with Grief: Jen's Grief Marathon In this episode, surviving sibling, Jen, shares her transformative journey of grief and advocacy following the suicide loss of her brother and her inspiring process to run marathons to honor his memory and others who have died by suicide. She is a mental health advocate, marathoner, and writ…
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Judy’sTwice Experienced Sibling Loss: Her Delayed Grief and Celebration of Sisters In this episode our guest, author & two time sibling loss survivor, Judy Lipson recounts her journey of delayed grieving after losing both of her sisters at young ages. Jane has been a surviving sibling since young adulthood losing both of her siblings, her sisters, …
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Surviving Sibling Loss and the Impact on Identity In this episode our guest, surviving sibling, Elly shares with Dr. Dean about losing her life person, her sister, Laura, a talented musician. They explore how Laura’s death impacted her, setting boundaries and navigating therapy in the UK. Elly shares the changes in dynamics within the circles of fa…
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Julie’s Experience of Surviving Sibling Loss and Continuing Bonds with Anne In this episode, Julie shares the story of losing her sister, Anne, to suicide and how she is learning to live after such a devastating loss. Julie also shares a story of how meeting a stranger at the right time helped move her forward and a heartwarming story about how she…
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Unexpected Heartbreak: Eddie's Journey of Sibling Loss and Grieving In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, two mental health practitioners, Eddie Cruz and Dr. Angela Dean explore sibling loss, mental health approaches to grief, and challenges in grieving when family dynamics and opinions collide. Eddie shares …
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Twins Estranged: Navigating Sibling Loss, Reconnection, and Love in Grief In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, surviving sibling Brandi and Dr. Angela Dean explore the complexity of sibling loss, estrangement, mental health struggles, spirituality, and family dynamics through Brandi's personal story of losin…
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Surviving: Sibling Loss, Transracial Adoption, and Losing Safety In this powerful episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, host Dr. Angela Dean delves into the profound impact of sibling loss with guest speaker Karen Thomas. Karen shares her unique experiences as a transracial adoptee who lost her brother, Kevin, to an …
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Sibling Loss, A Historian, and a Memoir of Love, Loss, and Race On the first episode of our second season, Dr. Dean and Dr. Nico Slate, a history professor at Carnegie Mellon University discusses his new book, “Brothers: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Race," which explores his relationship with his brother Peter, and how he is doing now surviving sibl…
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Sibling Loss, A Psychologist, and the Birth of The Broken Pack™ In this episode, our podcast host and surviving sibling, Dr. Dean, takes the guest role to share her story of sibling loss that prompted the founding of The Broken Pack™. Our guest host is Ankur Shah Delight. Ankur helps Dr. Dean tell her story of sibling loss, about her brother Tony, …
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Sibling Loss, Death Rituals, and Grieving Publicly On this episode of the podcast, The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Dr. Dean talks with surviving sibling, pastor and chaplain Kent Chevalier about his grief experience of sibling loss: losing his brother, JH, to COVID-19. Kent is on staff with Athletes in Action serving as the Chaplain…
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Sibling Loss and The Art of Grieving A conversation with surviving sibling, Preston Zeller, about losing his brother Colin to a fentanyl overdose. As part of his grief process, Preston created a documentary The Art of Grieving:Turn Grief Into Greatness, to understand his grief and sibling loss. He describes that the process of painting helped him t…
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Navigating the Challenges of Surviving Sibling Loss: Allie’s Journey with Grief and Meaning-Making Sibling loss survivor, Allie’s brother, Oliver, died suddenly, which led to a reassessment of her family dynamics and the start of a non-profit organization to help families in need of headstones Dr. Dean talks with Allie about surviving sibling loss,…
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Navigating the Devastating Sibling Loss of a Sister to Cancer: A Journey of Transformation in Grief Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Grief Educator and bereaved surviving sibling, Jenn, shares her story of her love and grief for her sister Melissa, her best friend, from an extremely rare form of cancer. Jenn’s grief was profound and all-c…
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A Surviving Sibling's Sibling Loss Story of Devastation, Continuing Bonds, and Navigating Her Roles after Suicide Loss Sasha openly discusses her sibling loss story of losing her sister, Amy, to suicide in July 2021. my was a kind, caring, loving sister. When Sasha lost Amy, her identity changed, as it does for many siblings. Learning to navigate h…
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Surviving Sibling Loss of a Special Needs Sister and Surviving Changing Family Dynamics Dr. Angela Dean talks with fellow sibling loss survivor, physician, Dr. Becky Von Handorf, about the loss of her sister to a rare genetic condition. Dr. Von Handorf, a pediatric medical resident, discusses the loss of her sister, Aly, who had a rare genetic diso…
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Dana’s Dedication to Making Meaning from Suicide and in her Surviving Sibling Loss In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, we hear from Dana. You will hear her story of her extremely close relationship with her brother, Sean, losing him to suicide, the impact of the loss on her and the family dynamics, as well as her appr…
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Kyra Molinaro Shares Her Sibling Loss Journey of Grief After Losing Her Brother In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Kyra Molinaro, a surviving sibling, opens up about losing her only sibling, Brett, to a sudden and accidental overdose. She shares the unique bond she had with her brother, the challenges of navigating s…
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Miriame's sibling loss story is a powerful and moving account of the grief, adapting to living as a surviving sibling, and love that persists following the loss of a sibling who is extremely close. This is a conversation with sibling loss survivor, Miriame Cherbib, about losing Hamza, her brother, best friend, and safe space. Miriame a sibling loss…
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Navigating Dual Roles: Surviving Sibling Loss and Anticipatory Grief as Caregiver, Advocate, and Grieving Sister A conversation with sibling loss survivor, Dr. Jen Kilgore, about losing her brother, Jimmy Dr. Jen Kilgore, a naturopathic doctor, shares her personal sibling loss story of losing her brother to cancer and the challenges she has faced i…
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Welcome to The Broken Pack Podcast, stories of adult sibling loss. Check out this introduction with your host and sibling loss survivor, Dr. Angela Dean. If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please l…
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