Chapter 1: What did this relationship mean to me?


He was more than my grandfather. He was my best friend.

Relationships are complex. Your relationship with the person who died might have been long, short, or complicated. He or she may have played many roles in your life.

You might have lost a:

  • Spouse or partner
  • Parent
  • Friend
  • Family member
  • Child
  • Colleague
  • Community member
  • Pet

This chapter gives examples of how your relationship may be affecting your grief; it may be more significant and complicated than you realize. Reflecting on your relationship can help you understand and move through grief.