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How to talk to my grandson about his father

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Jup

Hi all,

I'm not sure of the protocols, whether or not I should have posted an introduction first etc, so please forgive me.

On the 10th of October this year my son in law lost his battle with depression and took his life.

He married my daughter in June last year and their son celebrated his first birthday just last month.

She has moved back home with us and we are all just starting to pick up the pieces and figure out where to go from here, which is why I'm so very glad I found this forum.

Right now, one of the things that weighs heavily on my mind is helping my little grandson grow up without a father, not so much the concept of being a role model for him, but addressing questions and preparing for circumstances when he starts to realise that other kids have dads, and he doesn't.

How much to explain, when, will I traumatise him if I over do it, will he resent me if he thinks I'm keeping secrets that he discovers later?

There's just so much to deal with, and we're only just starting to find our feet.

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ModKonnie

Jup,

I am so very sorry about the loss of your son-in-law. For now, try your best not to worry about the kinds of things you will deal with later. Just concentrate on being there for your grandson and your daughter. It will be many years  before any of your concerns become an issue. You will be able to deal with them when they get here. 

We will be here for you,

ModKonnie

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