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Annie Sklaver Orenstein, "Always a Sibling" in conversation with Emily Oster

Understanding Sibling Grief with Annie Sklaver Orenstein


Experience an insightful discussion on sibling loss with Annie Sklaver Orenstein, author of Always a Sibling. Learn how to handle the unique challenges of this profound grief through Annie’s research and personal experiences.

Always a Sibling

A practical, compassionate guide to sibling loss, with research, stories, and strategies for “forgotten mourners” as they move through the stages of grief towards finding meaning.

After her brother was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, Annie Sklaver Orenstein was heartbroken and unmoored. Standing in the grief section of her local bookstore, she searched for guides on how to work through her grief as a mourning sibling—and found nothing. More than 4 million American adults each year will lose a sibling, yet there isn't a modern resource guide available that speaks directly to this type of grief that at times can be overshadowed by grieving parents and spouses and made even more difficult by the complexities of sibling dynamics.

In Always a Sibling, Annie uses her own story and those of others to create the empathic, thoughtful, practical resource that she sought. Divided into three sections: With, Without, and Within, it creates a framework that enables the reader to ground themselves in order to process and validate this often overlooked grief. Annie guides readers to capture the memories and emotions of life with their now deceased sibling, then moves to addressing the grieving process in detail as they navigate life without them. Ultimately, readers will find ways to experience their sibling's presence within themselves and acknowledge their legacy. With practical strategies rooted in proven grief processing techniques, trauma recovery, and psychoanalysis, Always A Sibling truly supports mourners through the unique experience of sibling loss.

Annie Sklaver Orenstein is a qualitative researcher, oral historian, and storyteller who has spent over a decade collecting stories from people around the world on behalf of companies including Google, Viacom, Mattel, Instagram, Facebook, Pfizer, Netflix, Johnson & Johnson, and more. Her work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Comedy Central, Huffington Post, Politico, TIME and In 2020, driven by a desire to share these stories beyond the walls of corporate America, Annie founded Dispatch from Daybreak, a collection of letters written by womxn to their earlier selves. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, children, dog, and chickens.

Annie Sklaver Orenstein

Emily Oster is on a mission to empower parents by providing the data and tools they need to make confident decisions. In addition to being a Professor of Economics at Brown University, Oster is the founder and CEO of ParentData, a data-driven guide to pregnancy, parenting, and beyond. ParentData’s weekly newsletter now has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, along with a strong social media community. Oster is also a New York Times best-selling author, whose books include Expecting Better, Cribsheet, The Family Firm and most recently, The Unexpected. She has sold over 1 million copies thus far.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 6:30pm EDT
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
Always a Sibling: The Forgotten Mourner's Guide to Grief By Annie Sklaver Orenstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306831492
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Published: Hachette Go - May 28th, 2024

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The Unexpected: Navigating Pregnancy During and After Complications (The ParentData Series #4) By Emily Oster, Nathan Fox Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Press - April 30th, 2024

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Published: Penguin Books - June 24th, 2014

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Published: Penguin Books - August 2nd, 2022

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool (The ParentData Series #2) By Emily Oster Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - April 21st, 2020