I always say never give up hope, and here is an example of why I keep saying it.
I have been asked to put this email in my blog, names have been removed.
I would like to say a HUGE ‘thank you’ for setting up Bristol Grandparents Support Group and for the support through your website.
I lost contact with my Grandson in 2012 through no fault of my own. I am certain that you will understand the intense physical pain and devastation that I suffered. Thankfully my grandson was only a few months old at the time so he did not know that he had lost his Grandma.
I contacted you as a result of the One Show interview with Dame Esther Rantzen . Your support was invaluable to me. I was able to send a card to hang on your Christmas Tree which may only seem a small gesture but for me it was a physical way of demonstrating my love.
Your advice and blogs made me realize that I was not alone in my desperate sadness. They helped me to stay grounded and gave me the strength to give my daughter and her family time and space. I did not ‘rock the boat’ despite my overwhelming urge to do so.
My friends were a great support but after a while they started to get on with their own lives. I felt that I was standing on the edge of a deep ravine with no bridge, unable to cross to the other side. My partner and my friends were doing their own thing and I was stuck in the same place, unable to get over my grief. I am not sure what state I would have been in without your fantastic website.
So, 5 years and a new grandson later. My daughter made contact with me via her sister. We have taken things very slowly over the last 12 months and I am thrilled to say that I now see the family.
I have taken the children out on my own which is marvellous. In fact, I was recently called upon by my grandchild to bake cakes with him for the school Children in Need day.
So, I am writing to thank you for being there in the background. I thank you for all of your hard work in bringing the plight of Grandchildren to the fore.
Kind regards and all the best with your own situation.
Have a peaceful Christmas
To receive these wonderful emails and calls is what BGSG is all about, we are there in the darkest of days for grandparents and there to share their joy when this happens.
If anyone would like to add a message to their grandchildren for the ‘Tree of Hope’ please contact us.