Make the most of your grandparents and discover their amazing lives

October 01, 2010

Both grandparents and grandchildren want to bridge the generation gap and find out more about each other according to new research issued today (1 October) by The Co-operative Wills and Funeral Planning.

Over four fifths (84 per cent) wish they knew their grandparents better whilst a similar number of grandparents (83 per cent) would also like nothing more than to sit down with their grandchildren to pass on some of their incredible stories and skills.

With National Grandparents Day only two days away on Sunday (3 October), The Co-operative Wills and Funeral Planning is urging people to make it a really special day for talking to their grandparents and finding out about their lives.

The research shows that grandchildren know very little about their grandparent’s lives with one in four admitting they know nothing about their grandparents at all.

Similarly, almost two in five grandparents do not take time out to spend with their grandchildren despite 50 per cent of them planning to pass life skills, such as parenting and homemaking, on to the younger generation at some point.

According to a quarter of grandchildren, life skills are the most valuable skills they want to learn from their grandparents.

“There is clearly a generation gap”, says Ian Mackie, Managing Director of The Co-operative Wills and Funeral Planning.

“Sadly, we often only find out about our grandparents lives after their have gone, when it’s too late to talk to them. Grandparents are such a valuable source of wisdom and have seen and experienced so many amazing things and it’s really important that we talk to them to find out what wonderful lives they have led.

“We have discovered that four fifth of grandparents want to be thought of, above all else, as being fun to be with. Life is fun and is full of so many exciting opportunities and that is why it is so important for people to talk to their grandparents and discover all about their amazing lives and what makes them who they are.”

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Notes to editors:

The Co-operative Wills and Funeral Planning provide these essential services “all in one place”.

As the UK’s leading provider of Funeral Planning products, The Co-operative has over 70 years experience in the funeral market and conduct 1 in 4 funerals in the UK.  All Funeral Plans provided are fully guaranteed. This means no further payments are required when it comes to the actual arranging of the funeral regardless of how much prices have increased.

The Co-operative Funeralcare is a member of the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA).  Ian Mackie, Managing Director of The Co-operative Life Planning, is one of the directors of the FPA.

The Co-operative Legal Services offers expertise across a range of legal areas providing legal help and support that is easy for the customer to understand. Will writing and Probate and Estate Administration services are provided on a fixed fee basis and agreed in advance so there are no hidden extras.

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