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21 Grateful Ways Of How To Celebrate Father’s Day Without A Father

Birth and death are both gifts from God that nobody can predict or plan when exactly it will happen. Especially when it comes to the death of our family, one of our parents, a father. Days we live without him would be felt so hard no matter how old you are and how long he’s been leaving. Sadness, misery, and loneliness may often come to mind. His memories and wisdom will always live in your heart until the end of time. When it comes to Father’s Day, it should always be celebrated and commemorated in many ways. 

Here we compiled those grateful ways of how to celebrate Father’s Day for you. Even when your father has gone to heaven, you still can celebrate the day. Be sure that he is watching you and loves you to the eternity. Let’s check the list below!

How Do You Honor Your Deceased Father?

Honoring a deceased father can be done in so many ways. No matter how sad or bad your feeling is, you still can honor your father. Starting from learning how to accept your loss and grief, memorializing your deceased father, donating and volunteering on his behalf, telling stories about him to the public, until building a new tradition. Those are things you can do in honoring your deceased father and deal with your life.

How Do You Deal with Father’s Day After His Death?

Dealing with the fact of losing your beloved father will not be easy, especially when it is Father’s Day. The first Father’s Day after his death would be the hardest day to deal with, but in fact, there are some things that you can do. Grief as much as you want, keep in touch with your loved ones, take a look at his old pictures, and send your love on a letter for him. Lastly, be sure to visit his grave. Somehow, celebrating does not always have to be cheerful and glammy.

Amazing Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day Without A Father

1. Visit His Grave

When you are celebrating Father’s Day for your beloved deceased father, the first place you can visit is his grave. It is the last place where he lies in peace. On Father’s Day, you can clean his grave, spread out some flowers, pour his favorite drink, and say your prayer. May he always rest in peace while you are living your life with his memories.

2. Visit His Best Friends

Even though your father has passed away, he may leave some best friends who are still alive. They may live with their family or on their own. Father’s Day should be the best moment to look after them and maintain that wonderful relationship. Remind yourself of how wonderful your father was with his gang.

3. Learn To Accept The Sadness and Grief

Losing someone meaningful to you will never be easy. No matter how old you are when it comes to losing a father, there is a process of accepting your sadness and grieving. It is hard to celebrate a day when you are still grieving. Then, take this moment to grief as much as you want and hug yourself tight. It is okay to not be okay sometimes.

4. Look At His Old Pictures

Pictures are frozen moments that we can look back at anytime. It holds the situation, things, and people that may not exist anymore in the current situation. Especially when your father has passed away. Looking at his old picture would be a great way to remember him and all his great histories on Father’s Day.

5. Give Presents To Mom and Family Members

When you are grieving enough, you should put yourself together and move on. Realize that there is your mom and remaining family members who stay by your side. Be thankful for them on Father’s Day and give presents to them. A bucket of flowers, wrapped chocolate, portrait printed mugs, and other kinds of gifts may be choices of presents you can give. Be sure to share your love through the gift because there is a lot to be grateful for in life.

6. Love Him By Doing His Favorite Activities

The memory he left in your mind must be lovely and impressive. His habits, hobbies, and jokes may always ring every time. It is the best moment for you to show your love by doing his favorite activities. On Father’s Day, let yourself dedicate your day to do his favorite activities and commemorate his love. There are warm hugs in every wind blowing through your skin when you do what he loves.

7. Visit His Favorite Places and Make New Memories

Places hold memories, especially when the place stays the same. The same as the last time you came with your father there. Sometimes the settling memories can be unpleasant and make you sad. But that condition can be fixed by making new memories in those places. Be brave and release those sad memories. Build your new wonderful memories with your loved ones while loving your deceased father in heaven.

8. Send Your Best Words by Writing A Confession Letter for Him

Some people believe that prayers can reach the souls that have passed away in Heaven. In reality, not everyone can do the prayer or hold a religion. But everyone has those words they want to say to their beloved deceased father. That’s why you can write a letter for him and arrange your best loving words. Be free to express anything you have in your heart on a piece of paper. Be sure that he would listen to every single word that you write.

9. Help Others and Donate In His Name

Many people dream to help others in need, but do not have the capability to do so. Your father may also want to help others by donating, but here you are with all capabilities can do it in his name. He may not be remembered or known by all people in the world, but he will be a blessing to people who receive the donation. It is a great thing you can do honoring your beloved father.

10. Sincerely Volunteer On His Behalf

Besides donating a sum of money, volunteering with your energy and time would also mean the same. Honoring your deceased father on Father’s Day can be done by doing sincere volunteering to help other people in need. You can volunteer for disable people, wild animals, orphaned children, and many others. As long as you do it sincerely on his behalf, you are doing your best on celebrating Father’s Day.


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11. Plant A Memorial Tree and Name It

Besides improving nature health, planting trees also can be done to honor your deceased father. The tree is usually mentioned as a memorial tree where you put in your grief and love to your dad in a tree. There are places where you can plant the tree in the US, such as the national forests, state forests, city parks, and even in your backyard. It would be a tree that will receive your love and caring as much as you think of your beloved father. And of course, you can name the tree with your father’s name

12. Make A Memory Book

Photographs are powerful in bringing back memories and emotion. Sometimes the old pictures are scattered all over the house, you may hardly locate where to find your father’s picture. On Father’s Day, you can collect all of his pictures and compile them into a memory book. So when you want to look at it, you can easily find it in a good memory book.

13. Read and Dive Deep In A Book

Read and Dive Deep In A Book

Having a whole day to celebrate Father’s Day is great. But even when you only have a half day to celebrate it, you still can do it. Celebrating the day together when you are living with your father in heaven may be difficult. Thus, you can spend the rest of your day reading and dive deep in a book. It may be a new book where you can learn new things you need in life.

14. Stay In Touch and Spend Time with Loved Ones

Stay In Touch and Spend Time with Loved Ones

When your father passes away, you are not left alone. There are other remaining family members who grieve with you. On this Father’s day, keep your companion, stay in touch with them and arrange your day to spend time with them, especially your mom. She would long for him and need you there to talk too and laugh for the day. Your family is who you should spend the day with.

15. Celebrate The Day with Your Kids

Celebrate The Day with Your Kids

Besides spending time with your mom and siblings, you also can celebrate Father’s day with your spouse and kids. You are now the world in your kids’ eyes and the part of your spouse. You mean a lot to them and it is your time now. Show your kids how great their father is and how lovely your family is. In the future, your kids will remember this moment forever.

16. Tell Stories About Your Beloved Father

Tell Stories About Your Beloved Father

Memories you had with your father or stories he told you before may inspire people out there. Do not keep them just in your mind. You can share those memories and stories to your college or audiences. Be confident to share those great parts of your beloved father to others. By doing so, your deceased father can always help others even when he is not around anymore.

17. Host A Family Dinner and Serve A Plate To Him

Host A Family Dinner and Serve A Plate To Him

A big family dinner is a heartwarming thing to do on Father’s Day. The moment that we share together, sitting on the dinner table with delicious food served, would end this wonderful day. On the table, set one plate and serve the food for him. It is how you can manifest how you honor and hope he would be happy for the day in heaven.

18. Wear His Favorite Color

Wear His Favorite Color

What is your father’s favorite color? Do colors remind you of him? Do not ignore your memories, but hug it by wearing his favorite color the whole day. The shirt, pants, blouse, dress, suit, shoes, and even the bag you are bringing to work can be in his favorite color. Be bright and confident in celebrating Father’s Day for your honorable father. Wearing his favorite color may even bring luck into your day.


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19. Design A Gravestone For Him

Design A Gravestone For Him

His grave will be the last place where his body and ashes rest. On this Father’s Day, you can beautify his grave by designing a beautiful gravestone. It will be more beautiful with a little flower garden growing in it. It can be flowers he would like and enjoy seeing from heaven. There are also small stones decorating the gravestone. When you visit him, you can take care of the garden for him.

20. Bake Cookies

Bake Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies? Almost nobody hates cookies. It is the most delicious and lasting snack of all.  On Father’s day, bake your own cookies with any shapes you want. You can put as much sugar on it and enjoy it with your family. You can also put “I love Dad” on every cookie you make. How lovely it is!

21. Build A New Tradition

Build A New Tradition

Father’s Day itself is a tradition to remind us of our loving father. It is also the day of showing our gratitude and thankfulness for his existence in our life. Even when he has passed away, his loving memory will always exist in your mind. On Father’s Day, you can build a new tradition, an activity that you will do annually on every Father’s day. That tradition will keep your mood up and happy enjoying the day.


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FAQ (Frequently Asked Question)

What do you say to someone who misses their dad?

Sadness, misery, and loneliness are emotions that have to be accepted and realized by everyone. Moreover, when you realize someone is missing their deceased father, you need to be there for them, acknowledge their emotion, and remind them of good memories about him. You can say things like: “I’m deeply sorry for your loss” or “I can’t even imagine what you’ve been going through. But remember that I am here for you…”, to acknowledge their emotion and let them know you are there for them. Or you also can say, “My favorite thing about your father was on every Christmas. He would bake ginger cookies, and those are the best cookies I’ve ever tasted”, to share good memories with them.

What do you say to your dad in heaven?

Even when you cannot see him in this world, believe that you can still say something to him in heaven. By writing letters, praying, and talking in your mind, you can send your words to him. Some quotes, poems, and sweet words are worth saying to him in heaven. Such as “Dad, my life without you has been hard, but today I want to remember how grateful I am for having our memories in my heart”, or a quote by Jamie Cirello “You will always be in my heart… because in there you’re still alive.”

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