You may have a dead grandparent, but they are not really dead, you just can’t see them. They are deep down in your heart and will remain there for the rest of your life. You probably want to hear them once again, their heartwarming voice and amusing stories.
You miss their care, love, and tenderness. Your grandparents could see you grow from a baby to an adult. On the other hand, you see how they grow older and older, until they finally leave this world.
In fact, the first farewell a lot of kids have to face is the death of their grandparent. It’s the first real emotional pain they have to go through in life. But kids develop an incredibly strong bond to their grandparents.
A special bond that teaches them about respect, love, and appreciation. That’s why it’s tough for them to deal with the death of their grandparent. The grief can affect them in many ways.
Coping with Loss
You should consider yourself really lucky if some of your grandparents is still alive when you reach adulthood.
As a kid, you may not exactly understand what loss is, so you can’t really know what is happening when someone dies. That’s why a death of a grandparent may “not hurt.”
But, the best way to understand death and soften the blow is when parents are honest about this topic. They should not tell their kids stories how their grandparent is watching over them from the sky, but the truth.
Also, parents should focus on emotions and feelings, rather than religion when explaining death to their kids. A kid can’t fully process elaborate explanations from a religious standpoint.
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Parents should be open about this topic with their kids and talk freely about it. Only in that way kids can see it’s not a taboo. And, they will slowly begin to understand its meaning.
Grandparents Are Always Present
Your dead grandparents are still in the places you used to spend time with as a family. It’s maybe hard to believe, but they are always here for you. They are present in every part of your life, living in your heart and guiding you with their memory.
You can feel them even in the inanimate objects they were attached to, like their clothes, furniture, or handmade creations. So, keep some of those things and cherish them.
Your grandparents will guide you and show you how to be yourself through the knots you tied and stories they shared. They will always be there for you to show you how to enjoy every moment of your life.
Sharing In Silence
You may not be able to see or hear them, but you do feel them deep in your heart. They are in the small things they left behind, like the old heirlooms. All you can do is honor, love, and remember them.
The love between a kid and a grandparent goes beyond words. It’s eternal so you can never forget it.
Think about your grandparents and the love you feel for them every day as only in that way they can still live in your heart.
Most importantly, don’t forget to share the appreciation, love, and care your grandparents have thought you with those around you. In that way, you will show you remember the most valuable lessons learned from them.
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