Chapter 3: Grieving the loss of your parent
Special days or events
I was dreading my dad’s birthday, Father’s Day, and Hannukah – all of the “firsts.” In the end, it’s the anniversary of his death that I’ve found so hard – I just keep reliving the days leading up to when he died.
You may find that there are certain days or events that are
difficult – birthdays, family celebrations, holidays, as well as the
anniversary of your parent’s death. Many people find that the days and weeks
leading up to the day or event are the hardest. You may think that once you
have gone through the “first” birthday, anniversary, etc., it will get easier.
For some this is true, but for others it remains challenging.
Start by acknowledging to yourself and others that this day will be hard. Enlist the help of family and friends in creating options to make things easier. Click the arrows below for some suggestions.
Decide which traditions and rituals to keep and which to let go.
Talk about your parent. Tell stories. Share memories. Give a toast or have a moment of silence.
Light a candle in memory of your parent.
Set a place at the table for your parent.
Create a new tradition in their memory.
Create a memory corner or shelf with a favourite picture or other memorabilia.