Father's Day is approaching. For those whom father's have died, or those that have strained relationships with their dad, this day can bring up multiple of feelings.
Similar to Mother's Day, there is often societal norms and expectations that Father's Day will be filled with fun, laughs and love. However, we know this is not always the case, especially for those experiencing sadness and grief on this day.
Often grievers wish that others would say the name of the person who died. It reminds the loved ones that others are remembering their dad and they miss him too.
Lost and Found Grief Center gives the following tips:
Managing the Anticipation of Father's Day
Form a Plan for Yourself
Think About Social Media
Be With People You Love
How to Honor Your Father
For those wanting to celebrate their dad, there are still ways to do so, such as:
Donating to a charity.
Make a memorial book.
Listen to his favorite music.
Creating a memorial garden.
Eat a special meal in his honor.
Be honest and honor emotions that you may be feeling days leading up to and on Father's Day. These emotions may be intense, or they may not even be on your radar. There is no right or wrong way to remember your dad, just do what feels right for you on this day.