Hi everyone and welcome to Bristol Grandparents Support Group blog. Although we are Bristol based we have grandparents from all over the UK and beyond as members.

It is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency,domestic violence,bereavement or family feud.
Every child has the right to have contact with their grandparents
if they wish and unless proven unsafe for them to do so. To deny contact from a parent or grandparent has to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
I hope to keep you up to date with what is going on in BGSG and I shall continue to campaign for the rights of children to have a loving and meaningful relationship with both parents and their extended family. So please join in as good to hear your views, not just mine!
I also will support via Skype.
There is no membership fee to be part of Bristol Grandparents Support Group.
Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Don't let anger and hurt eat away at you.

A religious teacher and his student were walking along a riverside philosifying, when the teacher noticed an attractive young women in distress. She wanted to cross the river but it had become difficult and the water level had risen, the teacher scooped her up in his arms and carried her across putting her gently down on the bank.
The student felt it was not appropriate for a senior teacher to have acted that way.
They continued for several miles when the student said," I don't think you should have stooped to that level of carrying that young woman across the river."
The teacher said, "It took me just a few moments of my life to carry her,  you are still carrying her."

I think this story has a resonance in the way we deal with our feelings when we are denied contact with our grandchildren.
We of course have to carry our heartbreak initially, pick up others along the way who need our support, but if we hang on to our grief and anger we carry it around with us forever.


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