THE SRS FIX
We think your idea is a good one—particularly the part about having only the siblings meet. There will be enough baggage and issues with just the siblings. Allowing other family members to be part of it runs the risk of more drama and re-visiting old hurts. Send an invitation to the siblings only, emphasizing:
- What hobbies you enjoy.
- What makes you laugh?
- What you do for a living? What do you like and dislike about your job? How did you
wind up doing what you do?
- Favorite movie of all time and favorite movie now.
- Favorite recording artist(s).
- Your biggest challenges and victories.
- Something about you most people don't know.
I love Doug and Myrna’s response. And want to add just a few things.
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When my father passed away nearly a year ago, me, my mom, two brothers, and sister found out that he had another family—in addition to the two other kids that we knew of. My father’s family (his mom, dad, and siblings) knew about this other family which strained our relationship with them. For us kids it wasn’t just the not knowing that hurt, it was the secrecy of it all. And we were also curious. We have siblings that we don’t know but should. My oldest brother is suggesting that all my dad’s kids (and just the kids) get together on the anniversary of my father’s passing. And we’re all kinda receptive to this but want to know how to go about it so that it ends up being something good and positive. Also, my dad’s immediate family want to attend but we don’t want them to. Is this wrong?