ERIC Number: ED322680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on Grandparents.
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne
Special Parent/Special Child, v6 n2 Mar-Apr 1990
Following the birth of a handicapped child, both parent and grandparent experience similar feelings of consternation, shock, and grief. The grandparents' reaction is double, however, as they suffer not only for the newborn but for their own child's pain as well. This article focuses on dealing with grief and its stages, including numbness, denial, anger, guilt, blame, depression, anxiety, and acceptance. Suggestions are offered on developing fulfilling relationships between parent and grandparent, and between grandparent and grandchild; and the best ways for the grandparent of a special grandchild to provide support. Tips for parents include being honest, asking for help, and educating the grandparents. Tips for grandparents include using leisure time to the grandchild's best advantage and providing gifts appropriately. (JDD)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Children, Disabilities, Family Life, Family Relationship, Grandparents, Grief, Infants
Lindell Press, Inc., P.O. Box 462, South Salem, NY 10590 ($20.00 per year, $3.75 per issue).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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