18 doctors weighed in:
Should we let our children visit their dying grandmother?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
12 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
I imagine their grandmother would be very happy to see them & they should have the opportunity to see their grandmother again & say goodbye to each other. Many in our society fear death & dying & live in denial, but dying is a natural process and i believe it is healthy & educational for your children to spend time with their grandmother now.
They'll likely treasure this opportunity when older.

In brief: Yes
I imagine their grandmother would be very happy to see them & they should have the opportunity to see their grandmother again & say goodbye to each other. Many in our society fear death & dying & live in denial, but dying is a natural process and i believe it is healthy & educational for your children to spend time with their grandmother now.
They'll likely treasure this opportunity when older.
Dr. Randy Baker
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3 comments
Dr. Cornelia Franz
I agree. Children are amazingly resilient and simple. They will most likely ask some very deep questions. Answer them honestly without grizzly details. It will be good for all of you...even though it is a sad and difficult time.
Dr. Ronald Dreyer
I agree with both my fellow practitioners but the one negative, if she is attached to all sorts of tubes and can not respond to them because seeing that way would only leave a bad memory
Dr. Pamela Moore
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
It depends on the age of your child, how the grandparent looks, and whether or not they had a close relationship before the grandparent was sick.
If the child is too young to understand, the grandparent looks to "scary" because of the illness of treatments in the hospital, or they never knew the grandparent then i would say no. Use your best judgement - if it seems like a bad idea, don't do it.

In brief: It depends
It depends on the age of your child, how the grandparent looks, and whether or not they had a close relationship before the grandparent was sick.
If the child is too young to understand, the grandparent looks to "scary" because of the illness of treatments in the hospital, or they never knew the grandparent then i would say no. Use your best judgement - if it seems like a bad idea, don't do it.
Dr. Pamela Moore
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, but don't force them to go.
If the children and grandma have an existing relationship, it will be good for both of them to have a visit. Tell them grandma is sick, describe any equipment that might be in the room, but don't dwell on it. Keep the visit brief, and honestly answer any questions they may have.

In brief: Yes
Yes, but don't force them to go.
If the children and grandma have an existing relationship, it will be good for both of them to have a visit. Tell them grandma is sick, describe any equipment that might be in the room, but don't dwell on it. Keep the visit brief, and honestly answer any questions they may have.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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