Families Dealing With Loss Of Grandparents Due To COVID-19.

September 28, 2020

Reuters (9/28, Brice, Caspani, Hay) reports that of the more than 200,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United states, about 70% were of people aged 65 or over, meaning “families are now missing tens of thousands of grandparents who were alive six months ago.” NYU Lagone Health child psychiatrist Alan Schlechter said that grandparents “create a rich history for their families, connecting them to other countries, traditions and hobbies”; provide childcare and financial support; teach children “resilience by hearing tales of the things their elders overcame”; and often offer “a level of ‘unconditional love’ they don’t get from parents.” Reuters offers anecdotes of grandparents lost to the coronavirus.

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