RV trips with their daughter and grandkids was their joy.
And then, a tragic car accident on wet highway ended their daughter's life.
Now, with one phone call, Roger and Mary were moving two grandchildren into their down-sized condo and at the same time grieving the missing of their daughter.
Roger and Mary's story is not unusual.
They love their grandkids and are committed to walking this grief journey with them every day.
This "new family" attended our Generations, family support group to learn coping skills and continue the adjustments with their mother's sudden death.
Everyone's calendars and daily activities have changed.
The RV is parked, replaced with soccer and cheerleader practice.
Roger and Mary do not have the same energy as when their daughter was a young teen.
Both grandparents and grandkids are learning how all this will work together.
They will struggle with their grief in their individual age and together as family.
They have faced the pain of loss and honored their mother and daughter on her birthday.
Roger and Mary's story is a combination of the stories of so many grandparents and grandkids who attend support groups in grief centers in so many cities across America. We are proud of their courage. We stand with them to find the soccer fields, share tears of missing, and celebrate the small, daily achievements important to all families.