Students don't question professors who miss office hours because of sick children or aging parents. So why are professors so untrusting of students who claim to have a sick or dying grandparent?
Every stage in life has its joys and sorrows. A typical university student is around 20 years old. His or her grandparents will be in their mid- to late 60s, 70s, or 80s. The death of a grandparent is something people often experience in young adulthood, just as the death of a parent brings grief in middle age.