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Do you have a seriously ill parent or sibling?

When a parent or sibling becomes seriously ill, it is very tough and can cause immense grief. Even though you haven’t lost and the loved one who is ill is still physically present, it is common to experience anticipatory grief. It can feel very lonely to carry anticipatory grief, because there is often intense focus on the person who is sick and the disease itself, and in those circumstances it can be hard to talk about how you feel as a child or sibling. Anticipatory grief is tough to carry on you own, so it can be a great help for many to find someone to talk to. It doesn’t take the anticipatory grief away, but it can make it easier to carry.

Grief is easier to bear together

Berin gives you the chance to talk to someone who understands how you feel. We offer both individual counselling and groups for children and young people up to 29 years of age, who have seriously physically ill parents or siblings. Before you attend counselling or a group we will invite you, together one of your next of kin if you would like, for a chat about how Berin can help you.

In addition to individual and group sessions, we also offer family sessions, as well as advice and guidance about how best to help someone who has experienced loss for parents, next of kin, friends, spouses and people who through their work may need to support someone who is grieving.

What is anticipatory grief?

Podcast about being a child and teenager with a seriously ill parent

Eg sakni teg (I miss you) is Berin’s podcast series in which we examine the subject of grief. We meet some of the people who come to Berin and hear their story. Lív Højsted Horsdal, who is a psychologist working with Berin, hosts the series and leads us through the episodes about grief, longing and hope. The purpose of the podcasts is to talk openly about how tough and senseless things can feel in the hope that you, who also miss someone, feel a little less lonely and different in your grief.