Father’s Day can be an emotional time for those that have lost their dad. Whether you have recently lost your dad, or a period of time has passed, the day can be difficult nonetheless. Even though he’s gone, Father’s Day can serve as a time for you to do something special to pay your respect to the man who taught you so much.
Your dad is one of the first role models in your life. He helped teach you the difference between right and wrong, knew when you let you fall, and taught you how to stand back up stronger. For most people, their dad is one of the most important people in their life.
Ways To Pay Tribute To Your Dad On Father’s Day
Write your thoughts down
One of the easiest ways to express your feelings is to write them down. In June it’s almost impossible to go into a store and not see a display of Father’s Day cards and promotional gifts. Rather than purchasing one of these cards, sit down and take some time to write about what your dad really meant to you. This exercise will help deal with the emotions of celebrating Father’s Day without your dad and let you reminisce about the good times you had with him. When you’re done, keep the card in a special place or leave it for him on his grave.
Share Stories With Friends and Family
Gathering with friends and family is a great way to spend the day. It can help bring you closer together with others that might be feeling depressed on the day. Sharing positive stories about your dad will help improve everyone’s mood. It will also serve as a way for your family to gather and celebrate his legacy and the impact he made on everyone.
Visit Someone Else’s Dad
Spending the day with someone else and their dad may be just the thing you need. Consider spending the day with your significant other and their dad. While he may not have raised you, he most likely still offers you advice and wisdom; that’s just a universal trait most dads have.
If you are fortunate enough to still have your grandfather, you can also spend the day with him. He may not have anyone coming to see him otherwise. Spending time with him will help brighten his day and bring joy to both of you.
Watch His Favorite Movie, Listen to His Favorite Album
Did your dad have a love of movies or music? Was there a specific film or album that was his favourite? If so, spend part of the day watching or listening to it. Doing this will almost certainly bring up fond memories of sitting in the basement or driving in the car with him and seeing the joy it brought him.
Maybe when you were younger, you hated it because he overplayed it so much. Today, you’ll probably feel nostalgic and realize it wasn’t as bad you think.
Drive His Prized Car
If your dad had a prized vehicle like a classic car or boat, spend part of the day taking it out for a drive. One the best ways to feel connected to your dad is by spending time in the vehicle he spent so many hours caring for and maintaining. An afternoon drive will give you time to reflect over your dad’s life and what he meant to you. If you look over, you might even see him sitting in the passenger seat next to you.
Spend A Day Doing What Dad Loved
What was the one thing your dad loved doing more than anything else? One of the best ways to pay tribute to your dad is by spending the day doing an activity he loved. Maybe he loved to have barbeques, spend the afternoon golfing, or go to the ballgame. Consider doing that activity with members of your family. You’ll enjoy spending the time together and will feel connected to your dad, even though he’s gone.
Experiencing grief and missing your dad on Father’s Day is a common experience. Celebrating your dad’s life may just be the thing you need to feel connected to him on the day. Experts agree, listen to your heart and only do as much as you are able. You may not want to do anything at all, that’s okay too.
Try as many of our suggestions as you want when celebrating Father’s Day. He was your dad, so you get the ultimate decision of how to celebrate his life.
Do you have unique or fun ways that you remember your dad on Father’s Day? Let us know how you celebrate Father’s Day!