Los Angeles (May 21, 2019) – Father’s Day is coming up on June 16, and for many, it’s a time to celebrate the wonderful Dads in their lives. But for some people who have experienced the death of a parent, social media, television, store displays, billboards, magazines and newspapers are constant reminders that EVERYONE else has a father.
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center offers coping tips for those who have experienced the death of a father to get through Father’s Day. Anticipating the changes and considering ways to make the day meaningful can be help as the day approaches:
Friends or family may offer “adopting” their parent for the day, thinking it will make it easier for you. Let them know if that is helpful to you or not.
It can be comforting to write out a Father’s Day card or poem, and then keep it in a special place.
Wearing something of theirs, using their favorite fragrance, eating the foods they relished, putting their favorite ﬂowers in a vase, or going somewhere they enjoyed can help you feel closer to your parent.
You may enjoy spending some time looking through picture albums, reminiscing with friends and family, or telling favorite stories about your parent.
Listening to music can help to heal your heart.
Visit the cemetery, light a candle or place ﬂowers near your parent’s picture or urn.
Spending time with others, balanced with allowing for some alone-time can make the days more bearable.
If you are a parent, talk with your family about what would make this Father’s Day special for you.
Your dad is still your dad. Honor them in any way that feels right to you.
You may be surprised to ﬁnd that Father’s Day is more or less difﬁcult than you anticipated. Either way, be gentle with yourself.
For more information about Our House Grief Support Center, please http://www.ourhouse-grief.org
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is one of the nation’s most respected organizations for grief support and education. For 26 years, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark on their journeys to hope and healing following the death of someone close. The safe, warm, and nurturing environment of their Los Angeles centers offer support groups speciﬁ c to age and relationship. OUR HOUSE is a leading provider of grief education, offering workshops, seminars, and in-service training to mental health and medical professionals, clergy, educators, and other members of the community who interact with bereaved families. The OUR HOUSE grief education program is part of the curricula for students at USC’s Keck and UCLA’s David Geffen Schools of Medicine. With ofﬁces in West Los Angeles, Woodland Hills and Mid-City, OUR HOUSE offers bereavement support groups for adults and children in English and Spanish. To learn more, please visit www.ourhouse-grief.org or call 1.888.417.1444.