Today is the day that we celebrate fathers. I remember the excitement of picking out a card and a gift for my dad every year. Unfortunately, in 2009, my dad passed way from prostate cancer. To this day, I want to pick up the phone and call him, then I remember he is not here. When I pass the Father’s Day cards in the store, the memories of picking out a card for him come back. For me the pain didn’t go away, but it did get easier for me to embrace the day.
Here are a few ways to celebrate Father’s Day if your father is no longer here.
- Take a trip down memory lane. Take some time to reflect on the good times that you had with your father when he was here.
- Celebrate Him. This can be done by taking a walk or participating in a run in his honor, sharing stories about him, pictures of him, and telling your children how he was a key part of your family’s heritage.
- Say Thank You. Take time out to thank the men in your life that have filled in the gap as a father, friend, mentor, etc. They may never take his place, but it is an honor to have someone there to call on when you need advice or someone to talk to.
- Remember it is okay to feel the way that you do. For a long time I was upset because I felt my father was taken away from us too soon. However, as time went on and I celebrated him for who he was, it got a little easier. There are still days that I want to pick up the phone to call him. There are still days that I get sad that he is not here to see his grandchildren or my accomplishments, but I know that he is looking down from heaven with a BIG smile on his face. Knowing that keeps me going.
I wish you Love. Peace. Light.