For Grandparents: Loss of Grandchild


Grandparent Grief
Grandparents have a special grieving all their own when a beloved grandchild dies. The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild can be very profound. Grandparents are encouraged to check out national The Compassionate Friends website ( to see if there’s a local meeting in their area.

Brochure on the grief of grandparents after a grandchild has died by The Compassionate Friends, a nationwide non-profit organization by, of and for bereaved parents and other family members grieving the death of a child of any age.

Article about grandparent grief written by a thanatologist and former director of training for the American Hospice Foundation. This article gives special attention to how grandparents can sometimes be among the “forgotten grievers” when a child dies. It also acknowledges how the loss of a grandchild can be a “double grief” for a grandparent because he or she is not only grieving the death of the grandchild but often also suffering greatly as they witness the deep grief of their own child, parent of their grandchild.