It’s hard to believe Father’s Day is already here! While many of us are probably working on the perfect plan to celebrate our dads, some are trying to forget the holiday altogether; Father’s Day without dad may serve as a painful reminder of loss. While it may never feel easy or any less difficult than the earliest months after his passing, finding ways to celebrate may be just what you need to make it through the day. Here are some ideas:
- Start a memory book: Think of a favorite memory or story about your dad and write it down. Then, mail the book to one of his friends or family members to fill the next page. Keep it going until the book is full. Months later, you’ll have a beautiful keepsake and testament to how many lives your father touched.
- Visit his gravesite: Bring some flowers and carve out a quiet time in your day to sit and chat with him for a while.
- Spend time with others who loved him: Sometimes, the best way to celebrate dad’s memory is to surround yourself with all the people who loved him most. Consider going out for a Father’s Day brunch with close friends and family.
- Plant a garden or tree in dad’s memory: Spend some time researching flowers or trees that grow best in your area. Then, take a shopping trip to your local gardening center for seeds and supplies. Within a few months, you’ll be able to look out at the beauty of dad’s memory.
- Spend the day with mom: If your mom is still alive, know that she may be struggling alongside you. Consider an outing, just the two of you.
We hope one of these ideas speaks to you and makes your day a little more bearable.
We are sending big hugs and positivity to all who are grieving this Father’s Day.