26: For When You Lose A Sibling
Sibling relationships are so special. And complicated.
They are the closest person to another you there is. Same upbringing. Same DNA. And yet we can be so different, with other strengths and interests and perspectives and pain.
Sometimes just thinking about my brother can make me cry. And I’m not just thinking about the time he threw a rock at my face. There’s no one else on the planet who knows me like my brother does, and I don’t know how I got so lucky to be as close to mine.
Just thinking about the idea of losing him puts a lump in my throat. I can’t imagine. And for some, they don’t have to.
There’s some pain people talk about, like cancer, losing a parent, losing a child. But there isn’t a lot out there about losing a sibling. Meredith was incredibly close with her younger brother, Travis. Like many siblings, they were different in so many ways, but they were a duo. No matter what, they had each other.
So when she lost him, she didn’t know what to do.
Was she an only child now?
Does she not talk about him, because that made people too sad?
Is she supposed to “get over it”?
And she noticed there weren’t a lot of resources out there with any answers, either.
But she decided not talking about him was not an option. And it was reading her shares on social media that inspired me to ask her to come on the show and talk about him, what it was like to have him as a brother, what it was like to lose him, loving someone fighting an addiction, how she took care of herself, and what she wants you to know.