Father’s Day can prove challenging for anyone mourning the loss of his or her dad, even many years after he died.
So, here is one idea for how you can honor your deceased father and keep his memory alive on Father’s Day or any of the other 364 days in the year:
You can plant a tree*. If you have the space in your yard, consider planting a tree in memory of your dad. Invite other family members who would appreciate this ritual. Before you lower the tree into its planting spot, ask those gathered to share their favorite memories about your father or grandfather. After lowering the tree into its spot, ask each family member to toss a handful of dirt around the base of the tree before you finish planting and watering the tree.
You could also place a small engraved “In Memory of…” plaque at the base of this living reminder of your dad.
*If you don’t have the space to plant a tree, consider donating one to a local hospice, library or place of worship to beautify your community in your father’s memory. Or, if this is too involved or not appropriate in your situation, you could display pictures of your dad and invite anyone who wishes to share a memory about your dad.
Here are a few other ways to honor your dad on Father’s Day: