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Things Not To Say To A Grandchild That Has Lost A Grandparent

Grandparents are in a lot of ways the second parent to a grandchild. Grandparents nurture and at times raise their grandchild.

After the death of a grandparent, many people say things to that grandchild that should be left unsaid.

Below is a list of things that others should not say to a grandchild that has lost a grandparent.

  • "She was very sick. It was just a matter of time."
  • "You should not be crying. You knew she was sick."
  • "Try and forget her. You won't see her again."
  • "You know she wasn't your mother. She was your grandmother."
  • "You said your good-byes, now get over it."
  • "I know, I'm not your grandmother, but I'm all you have."
  • "You will see her again, if she was a good person."
  • "Give me a call if you need anything, but lets not talk about your grandfather."
  • "Did you know that your grandmother favored your sister the most?"
  • "I can't believe you are still in mourning. You should be over your grandfathers death by now."
  • "Why are you in denial of his disease? He was a heavy smoker."
  • "You spend too much time at his grave site. It's time you moved on."
  • "I want the best for you, but you must stop mopping about the death of your grandmother."
  • "Try and get a grip on your life. He wasn't the person you though he was."
  • "It will take a while to get over your grandmothers death, but you can do it without any help."
  • "The therapist said it's time for you to stop crying."
  • "It's time you put a smile on your face. We will all have to go at some point."
  • "When my grandmother died, we all had a certain time to mourn her death, now you must start dealing with it."

It is easy to give advice about how someone feels, but you never know how deep or troubled they are in different situations. Your advice or statements may impose a deeper need to crawl into a shell that may be impossible to crawl out of. Patience and time is the healing process many grandchildren and other adults may need.

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