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Family centred care: Extending bereavement support to grandparents

Nurse consultant Michael Tatterton's research revealed that when a child with a life-limiting condition dies, the grandparents'  'unique footprint of grief' is often overlooked. The hospice where he conducted his PhD study has changed how it supports grandparents to reduce their isolation and allow them to grieve 

Nurse consultant Michael Tatterton's research revealed that when a child with a life-limiting condition dies, the grandparents' 'unique footprint of grief' is often overlooked. The hospice where he conducted his PhD study has changed how it supports grandparents to reduce their isolation and allow them to grieve

‘There is nowhere near enough help for grandparents who have lost a grandchild,’ says Angela Clarke, grandmother of William, who died last year aged ten weeks.

Like many people who have had a grandchild with a life-limiting condition, her focus during William’s life was on her daughter and son-in-law.

‘As a grandparent you are used to doing all the practical things,’ says Ms Clarke. ‘I was trying to help, but also burying my feelings.

Double grief

‘What I did not expect after William died was the double grief. You grieve for

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