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How to Connect With Your Single Grandparent

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Do you often feel incredibly sad looking at the loneliness that your grandparent endures on a daily basis? If your grandparent has lost their partner, they are probably in need of concern and affection from their children and grandchildren. As a grandchild, there are things that you can do to make your single grandparent feel happier and more loved. Making efforts to make your grandparent feel validated is your familial duty.

On a personal note, I recently lost my grandmother. I know for a fact that she is now in a better place. However, I feel guilty because I did not connect with her enough. She lived a very lonely life for most of the last 21 years of her existence on earth. Her husband, my grandfather, died in 1995.

Time is the Best Gift

Make sure you speak to your single grandparent often.

Make sure you speak to your single grandparent often.

Talk to Your Grandparent Often

Make a regular habit of talking to your single grandparent. Make a habit of asking them about how their day went. In all probability, their day is likely to be radically different from the kind of day you experience on a daily basis; it may be filled with more loneliness and fewer conversations.

The fact that you make a conscious effort to communicate with your single grandparent will be a great consolation to them. If you live away from your grandparent, make it a point to call them on a daily basis.

Include Them in Family Conversations

Often in family conversations, the single grandparent is left a lonely spectator. They are not taken seriously enough to be included in the matter being discussed. Consciously include your grandparent in family discussions. Make them feel worthy of your attention. There is nothing more debilitating to your single grandparent than to realise that their opinion does not actually mean much to their family.

Give Little Gifts to Them

One of the best ways to make a person feel loved is to give gifts to them. Every now and then, give little gifts to your single grandparent. Even a small greeting card would do.

Listen to Their Stories

Ask your grandparent to tell you stories from their past life. Make it a point to listen fully and ask questions based on what they say. This will make them know that you are interested in what they are saying. When you listen to what they say, they will know that they are being useful to you.

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Tell Them Your Stories

Communication is a two-way process. Your grandparent is probably very interested to know about the things that are happening in your life. Keep them updated on a regular basis.

Tell them about an important decision that you need to make or about the person you have a crush on. Let them cherish the memories that are valuable to you.

Frailty is an inevitable part of old age.

Frailty is an inevitable part of old age.

Assist Him or Her With Tasks

With old age comes frailty. Becoming weaker is an inevitable part of growing old. Your grandparent will find it hard to do the things that they once did quite easily. Help them with everyday tasks. Do not make them feel like a burden on the family. Help them on a daily basis, but don't speak about it as if you are performing a great favour for someone incapable of helping themself.

Don't leave your single grandparent alone at home when you go on family trips. It will make them feel unwanted.

Don't leave your single grandparent alone at home when you go on family trips. It will make them feel unwanted.

Take Them Out On Family Trips

When you go on family trips, take your grandparent along. If they have difficulty in moving about, they need not go everywhere you and your family members go.

However, take them on the trip. Leaving them behind at home or at somebody else's place is a heartless thing to do just so that you may have a very convenient experience.

Your grandparent is a human person with feelings. Do not hurt their feelings. If you do so, they may not tell you what exactly is on their mind but will definitely carry the psychological impact of your insensitivity to their deathbed.

Your grandparent is a human person with feelings. Do not hurt their feelings. If you do so, they may not tell you what exactly is on their mind but will definitely carry the psychological impact of your insensitivity to their deathbed.

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