chapter  10
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Bereavement in Children and Adults Following the Death of a Sibling: Brenda Marshall and Betty Davies

E ven from the time that a family is expecting a new baby’s arrival, a spe-cial bond develops between siblings. They protect one another, support one another, and ally together against parents and others. They share bedrooms, meals, holidays, family milestones, and a way of growing up that is unique to them. Numerous shared jokes and memories form an underpinning of familiarity that can never be achieved with anyone else. “If not for death, they [siblings] would be with us longer than anyone else on earth” (Vaught Godfrey, 2006, p. 7). This relationship, unique in its longevity and intimacy, is potentially the longest one they will ever have (Gill White, 2006).