A Letter to Those Grieving This Father’s Day, From a Therapist

The early Father’s Days were meant to recognize and celebrate the roles fathers play in their children’s lives, acknowledging the shift from fathers who worked long hours in factories, leaving most of the child-rearing to mothers.

Verywell Mind

The essence of summer often conjures up images of backyard barbecues, baseball games, and the refreshing taste of a cold beer. For many, these summer hallmarks are intertwined with cherished memories of time spent with their fathers, bringing about a sense of warmth and joy as Father’s Day approaches. However, for those dealing with the loss of a father, the season’s festivities and the holiday’s reminders can be particularly challenging. Originally, Father’s Day was intended to honor the memory of those lost in a tragic mining accident in West Virginia in 1908. It wasn’t until the 1960s, when President Richard Nixon officially recognized the day, that it evolved into the celebration we know today. This day, whether filled with smiles or sorrow, highlights the profound impact fathers have on our lives.

Grieving on Father’s Day can be incredibly challenging, as the day is filled with reminders of the bond you once shared. It’s okay to feel a mix of emotions and to seek support. To help you navigate this difficult time, Verywell Mind has compiled a list of tips for coping with grief on Father’s Day. Check out the list and find some strategies that might bring you comfort and peace.

  1. Be flexible
  2. Remember that fathers day is just a day on the calendar
  3. Give yourself the love your dad gave you
  4. Or give yourself the love you wish he’d been able to give you
  5. Coping is coping

Remember, it’s completely normal to feel a range of emotions on Father’s Day, especially if you’re grieving the loss of your father. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings and give yourself permission to grieve. Lean on the tips we’ve shared to find some solace and support during this difficult time. Whether you choose to celebrate your father’s memory in your own special way or seek comfort in the company of loved ones, know that it’s okay to find what works best for you. Be kind to yourself and take each moment as it comes.

给你自己爱 – Give yourself love



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