Losing a grandparent is hard enough, but what can make it even more of a difficult experience to go through is having to deal with the grief and sadness of your other grandparent who has lost their life partner. As a grandchild, you will undoubtedly want to be there and offer your support to your grandparent during this hugely difficult time for them; not only will they be grieving the loss of their spouse, but they’ll also need to adjust to some often large changes in their living arrangements. If your grandparents were living together as a couple before one of them sadly passed away, then your remaining grandparent may suffer from loneliness as a result since they will no longer have somebody to talk to and spend their time with who is sharing their home. Here are the best ways in which you can best support and help your grandparent through the loss of their spouse.
Consider Changing Living Arrangements
Whilst your grandparent may understandably not want to think about moving out of the home that they shared with their spouse for many years just yet, you may need to think about changing their living arrangements so that they are not spending so much time on their own. Initially, this could mean staying with them for a while or having them come and stay with you for some time so that you can keep them company and help them to deal with and recover from their grief. When the time is right, you might want to talk to them about considering retirement homes for sale, where they can downsize their property and move into a retirement community shared with others of a similar age and situation where they can find company and fulfilment.
Offer Emotional Support
When you lose a grandparent, you will be able to somewhat relate to your remaining grandparent when it comes to the level of grief and sadness that they are going through. Losing a dear relative is always going to be a tough experience, and it’s during these hard times that families need to pull together, support each other, and look out for each other. Something as simple as being there for your grandparent to talk to, share memories with and reminisce with can be very effective in supporting them and helping them through a difficult time in their life. Remind them that you will always be there for them, whatever it is that they need.
Offer Practical Help
In some cases, the loss of a spouse can cause disruption to the life of an elderly person in more ways than one. Perhaps your grandparents had gotten them into a routine when it comes to their daily tasks; now, your remaining grandparent will be left with all of this to do by themselves. Perhaps they have been left in a sticky situation regarding their finances, since their spouse was the one to manage them all. Ask them if there is anything that you can do to help them in a practical way, whether it’s helping with gardening tasks or being there to help them sort out a life insurance policy, will, or funeral expenses.