Help me support my dad after the death of both his parents.
August 22, 2012 6:08 PM Subscribe
My father's parents just passed away, two weeks apart exactly. How do I support my dad through this time?
posted by dil.emma to Human Relations (8 answers total)
We lost my grandmother on the 8th August, she passed away in hospital from pneumonia and multiple organ failure. Yesterday her husband passed away. They were both 86 years old. My dad, understandably, is taking it pretty hard, and while he seems to be functioning at the moment, I'm very wary of him falling into a depressive slump.
I've taken care of the funeral arrangements for both of my grandparents, and have let my parents know that I'm available for any help they may need... I feel kind of numb, and these have been my first experiences with the death of a loved one. I'm not really sure what to say or do for my dad. How do you help somebody cope with losing both of their parents?
We all realise that 86 is a good age, and Nan and Grandad's health had been deteriorating recently, but it is a shock to lose them both so close together.
This is my first askme question, so I hope I'm not doing it wrong, but I hope you'll forgive that I'm a little more scattered than usual at the moment. I guess I'm just asking if there is anything I should be doing for my dad, other than handling funeral arrangements/paperwork, or if there are any good resources somebody could point me to.