Losing a Grandchild: The Mourning Experience of Grandparents in Israel

Kobi Tourjeman, Israel Doron, Miri Cohen

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The rise in life expectancy has placed grandparents at higher risk to experience losing a grandchild. The authors examined the ways grandparents experience the loss of a grandchild. Twelve grandparents were interviewed based on an interview guide and phenomenologically analyzed. Three main themes were found: the loss as a personal turning point; the significance of the ongoing relationships with the deceased; and the impact on one’s beliefs and attitudes. The loss of a grandchild is characterized by a complex tension between two inter-related forces of distancing and becoming closer to the grandchild and his or her parent.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)491-499
Number of pages9
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - 14 Sep 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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