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Grandparent Support

Tali’s grandmother, Adele Gould, wrote a beautiful blog post, where she sheds some light on grandparent grief – a topic that is not always discussed or acknowledged.

She speaks about her experience with grief, shares some lovely memories of Tali, and provides some valuable resources for bereaved grandparents.



  • Centre for Loss and Transition Article – Helping a Grandparent Who Is Grieving


by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

“When a grandchild dies, grandparents grieve twice.  They mourn the loss of the child and they feel the pain of their own child’s suffering.  Sometimes we forget about the grandparents when a child dies.  You can help by not forgetting, by offering the grandparents your love, support and presence in the weeks and months to come.”

  • The Compassionate Friends Article: The Grief of Grandparents


“The relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is very special and unique. When a grandchild dies, the grief associated with the loss is often so intense and painful, it leaves bereaved grandparents feeling hopeless as they experience what many refer to as a double loss. Not only do they mourn for their grandchild, they may also feel a sense of helplessness because they are unable to take away the pain felt by the parents of their grandchild, one of whom is their own child”

  • American Hospice Foundation Article: The Grief of Grandparents

by Helen Fitzgerald, CT


“There is no bond greater than the bond between parent and child. When a child dies, the pain of parental loss is near the top of the scale of human grief, and there is an immediate outpouring of sympathy and concern for the bereaved parents.  But other grieving family members, including siblings, are often seen as secondary players who must provide support to the distraught parents. Among these forgotten grievers are the grandparents”


  • BOOKS:

Healing a Grandparent’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Grandchild Dies

Paperback – May 1, 2014

by Alan D Wolfelt PhD (Author) 


Forgotten Tears: A Grandmother’s Journey Through Grief

Paperback – July 8, 2005

by Nina Bennett  


Grandparents…the forgotten grievers: A journal for grieving grandparents

Paperback – Nov. 12, 2019

by Deena Cunningham  


When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope

Paperback – Oct. 1, 1999

by Nadine Galinsky