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Is there a single word to describe the loss of a sibling?

Without a proper name it is hard for the grief to be acknowledged.

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It's a bereavement. English doesn't have a special word for loss of a sibling as distinct from any other family member or close friend. –  FumbleFingers Jul 19 '13 at 20:21
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Do you know of a single word for the loss of any other particular relation? Why does the lack of a single word make it hard to acknowledge...why can't it be acknowledged with your title description? –  Mitch Jul 19 '13 at 20:41

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No there isn't.

You wrote "Without a proper name it is hard for the grief to be acknowledged"

"loss of a sibling" should be more than enough for someone to acknowledge the grief, even to those without siblings themselves.

You have only asked for a word to describe the situation which means there is a chance that you yourself have lost a sibling, and that is enough for me to feel a deep sense of remorse. So as I said, simply stating that you have lost a sibling should be more than enough.

There is a word (which is to be used loosely as a transposition from the animal kingdom) for the killing of one's sibling: Siblicide.

More specifically Fratricide for the killing of a brother and Sororicide for the killing of a sister.

Unfortunately there isn't a word for the loss of a sibling although now that you have mentioned it, I feel as though it would be a good idea to have one.

If it is indeed the case that you have lost a sibling then I wish you all the best and I have no doubt everyone else reading your question shares the sentiment.

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OED restricts siblicide to the action of young birds in a nest: I don't believe there is a term for the human equivalent. –  TimLymington Jul 19 '13 at 22:00
    
Siblicide has been observed in other animal species such as amphibians and mammals. For example Oxford dictionary defines: 'the killing of a sibling or siblings, as a behaviour pattern typical in various animal groups.'. It would be fine to transpose this definition to humans as we do with many things to describe a situation. I agree that it is most common within species of birds. –  Aaron Jul 20 '13 at 11:49
    
In the pshyco-medical world the term is used with human beings in mind. I have seen the term used to describe the deadly rivalry observed between royal siblings throughout history. –  Aaron Jul 20 '13 at 11:56

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