Special occasions can be a difficult time for families and Father’s Day is no different. For some bereaved children, this may be the first Father’s Day without Dad. For others, it may be another Father’s Day without Dad, but for all bereaved children and young people it can be difficult.
That’s why we’ve put together 10 ways to remember Dad on Father’s Day – to give grieving children and young people different ideas to mark the day.
- Take a special card to his grave – or to where his ashes
were buried or scattered
- Tie your Father’s Day card or a special message to a helium
balloon and let it soar into the sky
- Blow some bubbles and imagine they can carry a message to them
- Plant some bulbs or a shrub in a place that holds special memories
of your Dad – what was his favourite colour?
- Have his favourite meal – Pizza? Roast dinner? Curry?
- Listen to his favourite music – (however awful his taste was!)
- Put something in a memory box or other special place in which to
keep things that remind you of him – photos, shells etc.
- Create a digital memory board of special photos
or post a photo of them on social media
- Ask your Nan or Grandad for their memories of Dad as a little boy,
and/or your Mum for her memories of when she and Dad met
- Write him a letter or a poem or a song. Maybe you could start with
something like ‘If you came back for just 5 minutes, I’d tell you….’
You can download a PDF version of this list here.