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Tuesday
Oct162012

People call it "living bereavement"

Jane and Mark haven't seen their granddaughter for five years, since their son split up with the children's mother.

In hard-hitting and emotional item on BBC Inside Out West, grandparents describe the grief and agony of not seeing their grandchildren because of family conflict.

Some grandparents have spent their life savings in attempts to get court orders for contact, but even with a court order there is no guarantee the contact takes place.

Proposed shared care legislation in England may help, but there is still a lot to be done before this problem is solved.

As Jane says "Our hope for the future is that one day we will open our front door to a young lady" their missing grand-daughter.

Grandparents Apart have been campaigning on this issue in Scotland for many years, and grandparents often also attend Families Need Fathers Scotland groups to seek our support.