Our dads are dear to us. That’s why on Father’s Day families celebrate despite grieving over a deceased father. It’s one of those occasions when we feel the gap in our family but we stay strong for each other. On Father’s Day, here are some of Neptune Society’s best tips to remember our deceased dads.
Visit his grave or cremation site
Whether your father was buried or cremated, one of the best ways to remember him is to visit his resting place. Say a prayer, light a candle, or leave a bouquet to show your appreciation.
Create a collage from old pictures
Many of us are connected to social networks and post pictures and videos for our friends and families to see on almost a daily basis. Why not scan family photos to create a Father’s Day collage and share it?
Watch a movie he loved
Do you remember what your dad used to watch all the time when you were a kid? Whether he was into comedy flicks, a boxing match, or war-related documentaries, watching those old movies again bring back memories of his life.
Listen to songs he enjoyed
It could be Frank Sinatra, a country song, or a Latino-inspired rhythm. You know it when you hear it. On Father’s Day, listening to your dad’s favorite songs will make you feel like he’s around, whistling to his favorite tunes.
Write a note
Sometimes it takes a moment of reflection and silence to be able to say things you’ve always wanted to say to someone. Writing it down gives you an outlet for your thoughts and memories about your dad’s life.
Say “Hello!” to old friends
Call old family friends or visit a neighbor that you and your dad saw often. Share old stories over a cup of coffee. Reminisce about funny things your dad said or did and marvel his accomplishments during his life.
Cook/grill his favorite food
Many families have shared some of their most beloved memories at the dinner table. On Father’s Day, it’s your turn to honor him by cooking the food he used to enjoy.
Become a sponsor for the day
Everybody may experience a time in his/her life when old age is lonely, especially when living in a senior nursing home. Why not ask permission to become a sponsor and spend time with another father who needs company? You can bring a smile to another dad who didn’t have the opportunity to see his children during Father’s Day.
Hanging out with the grandkids
Some dads never had the chance to experience becoming a grandparent. Baking a cake, playing catch in the backyard, or watching a movie in honor of Dad is a great way to involve young children in an activity that they love, and also introduce them to a family member that they have never seen in person.
Remember an old, familiar place
When we were young, my dad used to take us to a rocky beach in our old neighborhood. We have moved elsewhere since then, but that beach will always remind me of a lot of things: a delicious family picnic, my little sister learning to count, and how mossy those rocks were. Do you know of a familiar place that will remind you of your father? Try to visit the spot with your loved ones to reminisce about your adventures with him.
Talk to mom
Considering that Mom is one of the closest people to Dad, sitting down and spending time with her helps you reminisce about the times you and your dad were together. She will greatly appreciate the conversation, a chance to bring back the old times and celebrate Dad’s missed presence.
Have a summer party
Since Father’s Day is in June, you can look at it as a time to celebrate when your dad was around. Try throwing a backyard party or having a picnic in a public park with your family.
Getting Help from Neptune Society
As the largest provider of affordable cremation services in our country, we at Neptune Society believe that remembering our dads on Father’s Day is an occasion as important as any other. We care for family members during rough times and provide assistance for cremation preplanning. If you’re not sure where to start, you may request Free Information here.
Please contact us if you need information or help regarding cremation services.
Special thanks to Jennifer Samora, service manager of Neptune Society Phoenix for her support and contributions to this post.