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TABS Chat: "What About the Hard Stuff? Processing Grief as Siblings"

Date: November 17, 2021

Time: 5:00PM to 6:30PM

Location: Online - Register for Zoom Link


TABS Chat: What About the Hard Stuff? Processing Grief as Siblings
November 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT

Grief and loss are natural part of life. As siblings of people with disabilities, we may experience grief in different ways over the course of our lives. So – how do we deal with grief, even as we celebrate all our siblings add to our lives?

Join this free, informal virtual chat hosted by Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS). Local therapist and licensed clinical social worker Leslie Rice will guide this open conversation about what grief can look like for siblings. We’ll explore strategies for understanding and coping with our own grief, as well as supporting our brothers and sisters during challenging times.

Topics might include:

  • Childhood sibling roles (i.e., competing for parental attention, family stress and financial worries, sibling caregiving)
  • How disability affects our siblings’ lives and opportunities (i.e., milestones like college, employment, marriage, independent living)
  • Sibling and caregiving roles in adulthood (i.e., moving, marriage, employment, raising children)
  • Losing our parents (i.e., processing our grief while also supporting our siblings through their own grieving process)
  • Sibling loss

Speaker bio: Leslie Rice, LCSW, has worked in various settings, including residential treatment, community mental health, substance abuse treatment and private practice. She received her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and her master's from The University of Georgia. She has been in mental health for over 25 years and has supported many clients through the grieving process.

TABS is supported by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Note: Siblings and sibling supporters (parents, self-advocates, professionals) are welcome to join this chat, including those outside of TN. However, the discussion will be focused on the needs and perspectives of brothers and sisters of people with disabilities.


For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).