The silent grief: Grandparents of children who died of cancer

Miri Nehari, Dorit Grebler, Amos Toren

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Emotional support for families bereaved of a child is generally directed at parents and siblings, rather than grandparents. A literature review revealed that grandparents' grief has barely been studied or reported. To examine the special characteristics, needs and bereavement coping strategies of this group, a qualitative case study was conducted of grandparents of children who had died of cancer. The grandparents met as a group for nine months and during this time data was collected by observation and recording. Themes raised in discussion that were unique to them dealt with such issues as the legitimacy of their grief, the pained relationship with their children and the specific meaning of this loss in old age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalBereavement Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


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