Communication builds trust, decreases confusion and builds inclusiveness. Some questions which may come up include:

  • Cause - what caused my sibling’s illness? This often masks the unasked question, was it something I did?
  • Catch - can I catch whatever my sibling has?
  • Care - who is going to look after me when my sibling is in hospital?
  • Cope - how will we as a family cope with this?

Try to address these and keep lines of communication open so that siblings feel comfortable approaching you.