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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Thursday 26 September 2013

Grandparents are suicidal.

"You must be able to see your grandchild?"
This is the sort of comment you get when you tell people that you are denied contact with your grandchildren.
Those of us who are in this situation know that it is not the case.
As a grandparent you have no automatic right to see your grandchildren, although you can apply to the court for 'leave' to then apply for a contact order, it is no guarantee.
It is a lengthy, stressful and very expensive journey.
If as a society we can't even get Shared Parenting right , as long as we still have Dads/Mums being denied contact with their own children, there is not going to be any changes for grandparents.
The impact of grandparents and grandchildren not having a loving and meaningful relationship is enormous and has in some cases devastating consequences.
Grandchildren are left believing and being told that their grandparents don't love them anymore or are told that their grandparents have died.
Grandparents are left with a living bereavement, lonely and bewildered.
I have grandparents contacting me who are suicidal.
Yes, grandparents are or have attempted to end their lives as they can't continue their lives without their grandchildren.
Take time to consider.


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