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.

Thursday 11 August 2011

You Must Talk.

Often, people have absolutely no understanding of how serious the effect is on grandparents who are denied contact with their grandchildren.
Grandparents can be clinically depressed having to take medication to keep them on an even keel, and the worse cases grandparents are suicidal. Feeling complete isolation and desperation when they contemplate ending it all.
I assure you I am not being over dramatic, it is fact.
Some grandparents feel ashamed of the situation, how can their own children that they raised and nurtured have turned against them?
What can have happened in their lives to have brought them to this?
Every situation is of course different, but the outcome is the same, families being torn apart.
If you are experiencing total desperation , please talk to someone, your Doctor, ask for counselling -most surgeries offer a service usually the first few are free. Talk to a support group or call the Samaritans o8457 90 90 90.


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