Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and for those who have lost their dad’s, this holiday can be devastating and emotional. It’s completely normal to feel sad during this time, but you also may be wondering about ways you can honor him this year. Starting a yearly tradition to honor him can be not only comforting for you, but can also be beneficial to your emotional well-being. Here are a few great ideas to honor your late dad this year.
Visit His Grave:
This is an obvious suggestion, but it needs to be highlighted. Visiting your dad’s gravesite is a great way to honor him. You can bring flowers to leave and a blanket so you can sit and talk to him for a while. This small sentiment can do wonders for grief, especially if his passing is fairly new, and it can be very comforting being in the presence of his final resting place.
Enjoy His Favorite Activity:
Perhaps your dad loved to fish or cook on the grill. Maybe he enjoyed going to baseball games or other sporting events. Whatever he loved to do, consider doing that for the day. Afterall, that might very well be what you would have done with him if he was still here. It’s a great way to honor him for Father’s Day, and feel closer to him in spirit.
Reminisce on The Good Times:
A great way to remember him is to let his memory live on. Gather your family and your dad’s friends, dig out the old photos and make an event out of sharing memories and looking back at the good times you all shared with your dad. You might end up hearing or sharing a story that you or no one else has heard before, get a few laughs in together, and possibly some tears.
Father’s Day after your dad’s passing is never easy, no matter how many years have passed since. Whether you choose to do any of these ideas, or if you decide to do something else, the most important part is remembering him on this day, and doing so in a way that makes you feel best about your dad.