Wednesday, February 11, 2009


What's worse--the loss of a sibing, or the loss of a parent? That's not my question, incidentally. It's something I found while googling around with the phrase "sibling loss." Read more here.

Well this is amusing

It turns out two horror flicks--no doubt, TERRIBLE horror flicks--have a sibling theme. The Friday the 13th remake set to open, yes, Friday the 13th, features a man searching around Camp Crystal Lake (site of Jason's massacre) for his long-lost sister. I don't know any more details than that, but she must have been one of the randy counselors that so offended Jason's sensibilities. The other is called The Unborn, and features a young woman haunted by her unborn twin, who'd like to take over her life, thanks very much. Talk about sibling rivalry. (I'm guessing my friends at Twinless Twins aren't going to be too fond of this one.)

I've always said that there's an unspoken genre of sibling loss movies and books. But this is the first time I've noticed it in the horror genre. I wonder if there are others. Anyone?

Disenfranchised Grief

I just started doing the Open to Hope Foundation's sibling loss blog. Click here to see a new post on the subject of disenfranchised grief, i.e. losses that, for one reason or another, tend to be overlooked and/or ignored. If you're on this blog, you won't be surprised to hear that sibling grief is often disenfranchised.

(The picture, incidentally, is Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People, one of the best sibling loss movies, ever. I don't think he's actually all that disenfranchised in this movie--he's managed to call his loss to people's attention, though I'm not going to spoil it by telling you how. But his mom, played by Mary Tyler Moore at her icy best, just doesn't get it....It's all about her.)