Few things in life can’t hurt as much as losing your dad.
It can leave a wide gaping hole in our hearts and can swallow us in grief on days when everything around us seems to remind us of that wonderful person we’ve lost.
The pain can be much worse on special days like Father’s Day, when the whole world is celebrating a father we no longer have.
It can be tempting to just try and ignore that hollow feeling in your chest and focus on other people instead. But running away from the pain can only make things worse.
So, here are some tips that you may find helpful as you deal with Father’s Day without your dad.
Tip # 1: Try looking at pictures of your dad
Reminiscing the memories you’ve shared with your dad and looking at old photos can actually be therapeutic. For some people, looking at their dad’s pictures can be too painful to bear.
On days like Father’s Day though, you might want to try going through stuff that reminds you of him. You might be surprised at how comforting it can be to feel your dad’s presence at a time when he is most missed.
Tip # 2: Celebrate the life he lived
Watching other families celebrate Father’s Day with their dads can be hurtful, but looking for ways to honor your dad even though he is no longer with you can help ease some of the pain. Regardless of whether your dad is there to celebrate with you or not, you can still do things to honor his memory.
Did your dad have a favorite song? A favorite movie? A favorite spot to hang out in? Doing stuff that your dad likes can also help you feel closer to him even though he’s not with you.
Tip # 3: Don’t ignore your emotions
You don’t have to act tough all the time. Acknowledge the grief you’re feeling, and allow yourself to express those emotions freely. Remember, the more you try to run away from all these negative emotions, the more they’re going to come back and haunt you. So, take all the time you need to process the array of emotions within you.
Tip # 4: Confide in a friend
Remember, there’s no need for you to battle the grief on your own. Talk to a trusted friend about your feelings, and find comfort in knowing that you are not the only one going through these painful times. You can even sign up for virtual or in-person grief support groups so you can deal with the loss by connecting with others going through the same thing you are.
At Roupp Funeral Home, we understand how painful it is to lose the people you care about the most. We’re here to help you ease the pain and make things a bit more bearable. Talk to us today to learn more about our grief support services, or click here for more details.