This production thesis uses artistic-creative and heuristic methodologies to explore the trauma of young sibling loss. The author uses the myth of Niobe and the Weeping Rock as a starting point to write the untold story of Meliboea, Niobe’s surviving daughter. This thesis examines grief resulting from sibling death and the ambiguous loss of an emotionally absent parent that often follows. The research explores themes of perfectionism, survivor’s guilt, glorification of the deceased, and altered family systems. The author’s fictional exploration of a sister’s response to this particular tragedy is an attempt to move a subordinated story to the forefront, breaking the silence that often surrounds sibling grief to provide a better understanding of the effects of this loss. This inquiry is an attempt to provide an answer to the following question: How might myth help illuminate a way through grief for those who have experienced the death of a sibling in childhood?
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Creative writing|
|Keywords:||Ambiguous loss, Glorification, Myth, Perfectionism, Sibling loss, Silence|
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