My oldest grandson Jack lost his grandmother two days ago. I am sorry for the family's loss. Carol had cancer, and suffered a lot with it, and I know she is in a better place. I know the whole family is hurting from the loss right now.
Most of all I feel sorry for Jack. I was lucky enough to have both my grandmothers until I was an adult. Jack will miss that time with Carol. He spends a lot of time going back and forth between his mom's house and his dad's (my son). Sometimes I feel as though he lives the life of a little nomad, traveling, traveling with no permanence in his life.
Grandparents help with that. They provide sameness, and predictability, something children need in an ever changing world.
Jack will need that. So he can carry Carol with him, in his heart and mind, and someday tell stories of Carol to his children, and his children's children.