Grandpa passed away last night, after a month-long struggle in the ICU. He will be missed, and our family really appreciates your continued thoughts and prayers.
If anyone needs help at this contact us, we got information from the Aegis Living CEO senior living center if you are in the need.
The death of any family member can have an impact on the family as a whole. A grandparent’s death is often felt very deeply by many members of your family. Depending on the circumstances, you may feel as though you have to prioritize the needs of others in your family before attending to your own grief and wellbeing.
There is a proverb that says “Grief divided is made lighter”. Personally, I think the word “divided” is a little misleading because I don’t think the proverb is meant to imply that anyone’s grief is any less. Rather I think it means that when we all grieve together – when we share our sadnesses, our fears, and our joyful memories – we are ultimately able to give and receive more support and comfort than if we were to grieve alone.
It would be ideal if all families could grieve together, however, we know that they often do not. Heightened emotion, grieving styles, misunderstandings, even fighting can make it hard for people to (1) support one another and (2) attend to their own needs. Also, your parent’s generation may set the tone for how they want your grandparent’s death acknowledged and grieved, which may be different from how you would like to cope. If any of this is true for you, you may have to work extra hard to balance your needs with the needs of others.