Review: Rock On-Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief

I read this book on sibling grief when it was in manuscript form. Beautifully written, this is a great self-help guide to acknowledging sibling grief, managing the pain and finding hope and meaning after sibling loss.

Rock On is a book that focuses solely on sibling grief and loss because it’s a tragedy author Susan E. Casey experienced in her own life. On Valentine’s Day, 2014, she learned of the horrific and unexpected death of her forty-three-year-old brother Rocky who died while in Hong Kong with his wife and three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

The author takes you on the journey of the agonizing and often mysterious death of her brother in a foreign country–a brother she adored and looked up to her whole life. While the loss is heartbreaking, it’s also hopeful as the author details her own journey from broken to emotional healing.

The second half of the book segues into several excerpts from the people she talked to that are relevant to the theme of each chapter. Each person she interviewed for these stories has a sibling who died a different way: overdose, suicide, accident, heart disease, murder, cancer and more. 

Susan artfully weaves in her memories in each story and ends the chapter with her thoughts on that theme to provide additional insights to help readers on their grief journey.

This book is ideal for brothers and sisters who’ve suffered a sibling loss. It’s also a good read for parents who have lost a child and struggle to understand and provide support for the bereaved siblings, bereavement counselors, and peer facilitators.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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