Grief and the elderly
July 31, 2014 3:39 PM Subscribe
How do the elderly process loss?
I'm right now facing up to the imminent death of a parent. My grandmother is facing the death of a child. This is the first time I'm experiencing such grief and a large part of it is because my parent is dying young with hopes and potential unfulfilled.
This experience is making me wonder what the elderly go through when they lose someone in their own age group. Does grief at loss have the same sharp edge if you lose a 94 year old sister as when you lose one in her thirties?
More generally, does it become easier with multiple bereavements? Will it be easier for my grandmother to deal with losing a child at this age given that she's already lost parents, one of her siblings and a spouse?
Personal experiences are welcome as are suggestions of reading material.