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Bereavement Support Services

Grandparents' Grief

Grandparent's Grief

Grandparents of infants who have died have a special role when an infant death occurs. While they provide critical bereavement support to parents, they are also grieving themselves. Grandparents may neglect their own grieving to focus on their bereaved child’s needs. Grandparents may feel pain over the loss of the grandchild but also helplessness and frustration in the face of their child’s pain and anguish. Grandparents may need information about what to expect during their child’s bereavement process in order to support their child. It is important to also note that grandparents may also be the primary caretakers of the infant.