Cancer and impact on grandparents

Grandparents have a variety of responses when they hear that their grandchild has cancer. They may feel shock and disbelief.

Grandparents may feel:

  • guilty for living a long life
  • they are responsible, thinking they in some way passed cancer through the family
  • sadness for their son or daughter as well.

Grandparents can be a great help to you and your family.

  • if they are still in good health and can be with you, they can relieve you in the hospital or help you at home
  • a grandparent may also give your other children the attention and comfort that they need
  • grandparents can also serve as contact persons, giving  information to other family members, so you don't have to spend as much time on the phone or emailing
  • including grandparents in meetings with the medical team can help them understand the plan of care for their child. 
Last updated Friday 10th May 2024