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."

Please contact during office hours.

Monday 8 August 2011

Am I OK?

"How are you?", a grandparent asked me today, "I am fine I said," after she had gone it got me thinking, am I ok?
Well yes of course I am, most of the time.
I set up the group as much for me as for anyone else, it enables me not to think about the fact that I haven't seen my granddaughter for 4 1/2 years, I try to give as much support to others as I can and spend a lot of time thinking about their individual stories. Its good therapy.
Of course when I am on my own, particularly at night I think about my granddaughter and wonder.
Wonder if she is happy and enjoying her young life, and how amazing it would be to be part of her life. Yes, I cry, just like everyone else does about being denied contact.
What I would give to see my son and his daughter reunited is beyond words.
So I could spend the rest of my life, sobbing and being miserable, but what would that acheive. Absolutely nothing.
My granddaughter is living her life the way she has to, and she would be the first person to say, "Oh for goodness sake Gran, get on with stuff."
So I will. For her.


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