Our grandparents are some of our most valued family members, and becoming a parent lets you really understand just how special they are. Their wisdom and experience helps our family grow for generations. We all have vivid memories of visiting our grandparents on weekends and holidays, and how they love us, spoil us, and act as a second set of parents.
We want them to live forever, but humbly understand when it is their time to go. The loss of a grandparent is different for every family, but it still leaves a lasting emotional impact. You may have lost your grandparent as a young adult, or have them in your life well into the later years of your life.
No matter what age you experience the loss, the feeling that accompanies the experience can be devastating. In addition to your grieving, your Mum or Dad will also be in a vulnerable emotional state following the loss of their parents. It is important to be open about grieving with everyone in your immediate family, as someone may be suffering far worse than you imagined.
People assume that if you don’t cry, your feelings about the loss aren’t legitimate. Of course, this simply is not true. While crying is a healthy response to the loss of a grandparent, some people do not respond with tears.
There are many appropriate ways to grieve over your grandparent, and only you can decide which method works the best for you. Further, it is important to remember that only you can determine the time in which it takes you to truly accept the loss and move on.
People assume that it takes a shorter amount of time to get over the loss of a grandparent, but some people continue the grieving process for decades. Everyone is different. Just ensure that you are finding a healthy way to process your feelings of sadness.