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.