1st Edition

Grandparents Cry Twice Help for Bereaved Grandparents

By Mary Lou Reed Copyright 2000
    127 Pages
    by Routledge

    127 Pages
    by Routledge

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    "Grandparents Cry Twice: Help for Bereaved Grandparents" is a book about grandparents' dual sorrow when a grandchild dies. They cry for their lost grandchild and they also cry for the terrible grief they see their own child having to bear. The author, Mary Lou Reed, writes of her experiences when her beloved grandson, Alex, died. Through her personal story she touches the universal in all grandparents' grief.

    Chapter One
     My Grandson’s Life and Death describes the joy felt from the birth and life of a beloved grandchild, and the agony of his illness and death at two-and-a-half years.

    Chapter Two
     Our Family’s Grief tells of the grief, confusion, anger and family’s struggle to continue functioning following a grandchild's death.

    Chapter Three
     My Search For Help documents the author’s frustration with the lack of applicable information for grandparents’ grief.

    Chapter Four
     The Grief Process summarizes theories of various authorities about grief and how relevant they are for parents and grandparents.

    Chapter Five
     Helping Myself  presents information the author learned from experience, study, and correspondence with other grandparents.

    Chapter Six
     Helping Our Grieving Child suggests the needs of, and various methods of helping the grieving parent, child of the grandparent.

    Chapter Seven
     Sibling’s Grief and Needs discusses the multiple and diverse needs of, and how to help a family's surviving children.

    Chapter Eight
     In Memory: Memorials and Healing Rituals offers suggestions and examples of memorials and personal rituals.

    Chapter Nine
     How Others May Help/Hinder gives examples and ideas of how those surrounding a grieving family may assist or harm.

    Chapter Ten
     Finding My Way summarizes the author's travel through, learning from, and the outcome of her grief journey.


    Appendix I:  Selected Poems

    Appendix II: Resources




    Mary Lou Reed