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I feel sad

Siblings feel sad that their brothers and sisters are not able to do the same things as other children and young people. Siblings feel sad if their brother or sister is very ill. It is normal for siblings to feel sad at times.

Some things you can do if you feel sad.


Tell someone else that you feel sad, like your parent or a friend.


Do things that are comforting for you – stroking a pet, watching a film that cheers you up, having a nice warm bath with bubbles.


Remember – it is OK to have a cry, this helps to let the sadness out of our bodies.

I always ask my mum for a hug when I feel sad. It lets her know that I’m not OK and that I need some help. It makes me feel better too.

More about feelings

It is normal for siblings to feel a whole mixture of feelings and to find some of them hard to deal with.

Sibling info about disability

Many siblings find it hard to understand disability. Find out about different disabilities and conditions here.

Ask our sibling advisor

Need some information or advice? You can ask our sibling advisor any question about sibling issues.