Remembering Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day can be a rough holiday when you feel like you are the only one without a dad. It can be tempting to just ignore the day. Instead of pretending Father’s Day doesn’t exist, or doesn’t matter, try to find fun and meaningful ways to make the day a good one.

Here are a few suggestions for ways to remember and celebrate your dad on this special day.

Connect with his friends. Ask them to share a funny story about your dad, or what it was about your dad that made them feel close to him.

Write about your dad and positive things he used to say to you. Buy or make a card that expresses what you’d like to say to you dad, his favorite quotes or write down the positive things he told you.

Watch a movie or TV show that he liked. Think about why your dad enjoyed it, and what he might have said while watching it with you.

Ask other family members to join you in celebrating your dad on Father’s Day. Spend the day with your mom, siblings, grandparents or aunts and uncles. Do something that you all loved doing with your dad.

Find a song that reminds you of your dad, and share it with us. Find a video of a song on YouTube that reminds you of your dad and share the link in the comments below, or on our YouTube channel.

Try one or two of these, or combine them all to design an entire day of celebration. You get to decide how you want to remember your dad, and what you want your own traditions to be.

Have you thought of some fun or unique ways to remember your dad on Father’s Day? Add to the comments section below to share your ideas with us.

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  1. erin said on June 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm ... #

    This song makes me think of my dad and it makes me cry- in a good way.

    Theme from October Sky

  2. Caitlyn said on June 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm ... #

    Here You Me by Jimmy Eat World 🙁 This will be my 9th Father’s Day fatherless and it definitely has not gotten easier.

  3. Erin said on June 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm ... #

    I’m celebrating Father’s day with my fiance’s parents. It always makes me feel sad that I don’t have a dad but I’m glad I can celebrate with my fiance that he does, and remind him not to take it for granted.

  4. Luke said on June 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm ... #

    I am not even 2 yet, but I do miss my daddy… Here is a song that reminds me of him. It would play on the music channel all the time while he was still with us.

  5. samantha said on June 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm ... #

    This will be my second fathers day without my dad, as much as I want to pretend that the day doesn’t exist, I need to do something for him. It will also be the day after I graduate high school. Thank you for the ideas, I will try to do something for him

  6. nick said on June 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm ... #

    there isn’t any one song that makes me think of my dad just classic rock in general also people like bob dylan

  7. Charlotte said on June 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm ... #

    This is my 6th Father’s Day without my Dad. I wish I could say it was easier but I miss him just as much. This song was his favorite and it always makes me smile when I hear it. I even walked down the aisle at my wedding to this. 🙂 Love to all of you.

  8. huffnme said on June 16, 2011 at 12:17 am ... #

    Our first fathers day without Daddy is going to be hard. We are going to go bike riding for dad this Sunday for fathers day, he liked riding the wind. We celebrate everyday with music that reminds us of dad. A tender loving man with a tough low voice….we gladly share what lifts us up… and
    Daddy taught our kids many lessons and his lil 6 year old sings this just like he did with his daddy….we got a daddy in heaven watching over us!!! Peace, Health and LOVE to ALL!!! ^j^ love you more!!!

  9. Pamay Bassey said on June 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm ... #

    My 52 Weeks of Worship Project has been a way for me to remember my father – this is my second father’s day since he passed away. The grief changes – but doesn’t really go away, but I have found this project to be a way that I can honor him going forward in my life.

  10. Cindy Anderson said on July 1, 2011 at 9:41 am ... #

    this is my first father’s day without my dad. It is very hard not having him here. I made a plague that said the World’s Hard Working Father. The song that reminds me of my father is Daddy’s Hands by Holly Dunn.

  11. Lisa Braddock said on July 8, 2011 at 7:29 am ... #

    this is my 3rd fathers day with out him here with us.I miss him more than eva,my heart is full of grief.I have many questions that remain unanswered,very frustrated.There is no answer to death except faith,which comes from the word of God.Our hope has its secure anchor in Gods Word and promises.1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  12. GREG said on July 10, 2011 at 4:57 am ... #

    I’ve gone 22 fathers days now, and I have to say it never gets better, We have special times yes but it’s not the same. I loved my Dad with all my heart and look just like him so I’m reminded everyday of my father, some of you may not, but remember this, he is with you in the sounds , the smells, the TV shows, the grocery store, most laces you go. At least that’s what I have found over the passed 22 years. Know he is with you… and talk to him….. it does help.

  13. Lucy said on April 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm ... #

    I don’t remember my dad at all, he died when I was 3, I’m now 14, and struggle to do anything but pretend it’s no different to another day or just look at photographs and cry.

  14. Will said on June 4, 2012 at 2:12 am ... #

    It never gets better, does it? 🙁

  15. Anna said on June 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm ... #

    Will – it DOES get better. You get more used to it as time goes by and learn ways to cope. As my boss said the day after my dad died last year, “you never get OVER it, but you do get used to it”. Memories turn from heartbreaking to comforting. A father’s love for you never ends.

  16. Lauren said on June 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm ... #

    Year three without my dad… He used to have a recording of me singing as his ringtone, and he always wanted me to sing this song. It was too low for my voice at the time, but I hope he hears me singing it now.

    Dixie Chicks, Landslide

  17. Ellen said on June 12, 2012 at 1:45 am ... #

    43 years without my dad – I was 14, he was 47 when he passed. Many things OFTEN remind me of him. He often sang “How Great Thou Art” with our church choir. Every time I hear it I cry.

  18. marcella said on June 13, 2012 at 9:09 am ... #

    My father had a great voice and we recorded many of his concerts. After he died my mother made a CD for all of us so that we could hear him sing again. He sang at all of our weddings so when some of the family remarried or married after his death, they played a recording of him singing. We all miss him,he was a great father but hearing him helps.My extended family was all born on the Mississippi River and when I miss them I throw flowers in the river here knowing it will mix with the mighty Mississippi somewhere and they will know I am missing them. Makes me feel a little better.

  19. vian said on June 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm ... #

    i am thinking of my dad i have found my dad favouite song is when i fall in in love i flet on fathers day thinking of my mind and my heart to he is very smart and tall ie sang is welsh sond i am thinking of my dad ie usto take me out to horse riding on the beach when iwas born saudi arbia allways been my favouite of my dad when i was baby bout 2years ie use to do feed and read me when i go to bed and now i growing and i am 35years inpendent living i have my own flat and i am happy my life thats all i can say happy fathers day lots of love vian ie is in better place

  20. hannah said on June 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm ... #

    This will be my 13th fathers day without my dad. I like to watch disney movies like the lion king, because he passed away when i was only 6 years old and those were the types of movies he would watch with me. It does make me cry, but in a way that makes me feel better almost.

  21. Jenna said on June 15, 2013 at 11:12 am ... #
    (this is one song that reminds me of my dad. He loved Luther Vandross).

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