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Why I Wish 'Up' Would've Been Around When I Was A Teen Grieving My Brother's Death

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Although many Disney/Pixar movies deal with death, Up is different, requiring an entire box of tissues, if not more. Following an old man named Carl dealing with the loss of his beloved wife Ellie, the film has humor and adventure, yes, but it’s mostly a story about loss and recovery. Ten years after its May 2009 release, the way Up portrays the grieving process still feels spot-on -- so much so that I wish the movie had been around when I was a 13-year-old girl grieving the death of my older brother.
In 1999, my 16-year-old brother, Ryan, was killed in a car accident. It was the hardest day of my life, and even though it’s been almost 20 years since his death, the pain hasn’t disappeared. As a teenager, I felt alone; although my parents worked hard to ensure my childhood remained intact after Ryan died, there weren’t many people my age who knew what I was going through except for one friend who sadly lost both her brother and sister.
With so few people in my life able to help and listen as I pro…