Chapter 2: Impact of your grandparent’s death on you

Other events or challenges in your life

I had been planning to visit him at the end of the school term, but he had a stroke and died before I could get there.

When my grandmother died, old feelings about my mother’s and sister’s deaths came back.

If you are a young adult grieving the death of a grandparent, you may be focused on school, career, friendships, finding a life partner, travel adventures, or starting a family of your own. If you are an older adult, other caregiving responsibilities may have made competing demands on your time.


Past losses and deaths

Your grandparent’s death may be your first experience with death, or it may be one of many. This new death may bring up old feelings of grief, or you may have a new realization that all living things die, making your own mortality more real for you.