The grief grandparents experience over the loss of a grandchild is complicated.
A grandchild is the promise of a future of hopes and dreams realized. It is the promise that the family legacy continues. The grandparent is thrust into a nightmare where grief becomes overwhelming. They grieve deeply for their grandchild, but also for the parents, one of whom is their own child. It is as if there are two losses, the grandchild and their own child's life as they knew it. Sometimes their grief is outward and sometimes they may keep it at bay. They may fluctuate handling their own grief while trying to be a source of strength for their child. We at Compassionate Friends realize how difficult this journey can be and want to offer our assistance to the grandparents as well. We have resources and a lending library as well as experience with others on this grief journey.
Resources for Grandparents

Contact our chapter at to request this brochure:
  • The Grief of Grandparents
There are also links on the Resources page to other TCF brochures that may be helpful. (Sudden Death, Substance-Related Death, Mental Illness, Stillbirth, Miscarriage and Infant Death, etc.)
Open to Hope
TCF national has a partnership with Open to Hope, a non-profit foundation with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. There are articles, webinars, TV programs, radio shows and much more. It is all free.
TCF National Newsletter & Magazine
Click here to sign up for the national TCF e-newsletter and the We Need Not Walk Alone e-magazine.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
- Found on a headstone in Ireland

are open 24/7/365 and provide online support. In addition to the groups listed below, there are alsogroups specific to your loss (substance abuse, cancer, suicide, long-term illness, drunk/impaired driver, homicide, loss of a special needs child, loss of an infant and toddler, etc.).

(live chatsallows you to talk online with other bereaved grandparents from across the country during the Online Support Community sessions held every week. These sessions are limited in number of participants and have trained monitors who are also grandparents.


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