While there is a lot of literature available to support bereaved parents, there is less so for the survivors of multiple-birth and/or who lose their co-multiple later in life. Multiples come into the world at the same time, but there is no guarantee they will leave it at the same time. What challenges do survivors face? Below I have shared some of the existing books which I think are very supportive. If I have missed any that you think should be added to this list, please let me know.
Twin Loss: A Book for Survivor Twins, by Raymond William Brandt. Dr. Brandt lost his twin brother when they were 20 years old. Dr. Brandt began the American organization, Twinless Twins, to support surviving co-multiples, parents, grandparents, healthcare professionals, bereavement counsellors and anyone else needing to learn about the unique twin relationship and the challenges when one dies. Twinless Twins can be reached at http://www.twinlesstwins.org
The End of The Twins: A Memoir of Losing a Brother, by Saul Diskin. Saul lost his twin brother to cancer later in their lives.
Who Moved the Sun?: A Twin Remembers, by Ron McKenzie. Ron lost his twin brother, Don when they were 62 years old.
The Lone Twin: Understanding Twin Bereavement and Loss, by Joan Woodward. Joan lost her twin sister when they were three years old. In this book, Joan explores not only what her loss means to her, but after working in the multiple-birth field for several years and learning about multiples’ connections, Joan prepared this important and eye-opening book. This is a must-read book for understanding and comprehension of what it means to lose a co-multiple at any point in life and what the survivor has to face moving on alone.
Living Without Your Twin, by Betty Jean Case. Betty is a twin, had twin brothers and twin grandchildren. In this book, Betty explores loss of a twin through death, suicide, murder, adoption and estrangement. She discusses what it means to lose a twin, separation and reuniting and its challenges.
The Survivor, by Lynne Schulz. Lynne’s first book was The Diary. Lynne had boy/girl twins and her daughter, Meghan, did not survive. Lynne addresses the challenges of raising a survivor of multiple-birth plus some of the challenges that parents can expect to have to face as their survivor navigates their lives without their womb-mate. Lynne also discusses the challenges for her, as a parent, of loving and bringing up her son while knowing there should have been two children throughout the same journey.