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Fatherless Father’s Day

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 64.3 million fathers will be showered with cards, well wishes and gifts this Father's Day. However, only 72 percent of Americans celebrate the day.

The remaining 28 percent will not be celebrating because their fathers are deceased or they do not have a relationship with their dad. In either case, this Father's Day could be an emotional day for those who are "fatherless."

A Chicago psychiatrist said, "losing a parent is one of the most stressful things you’ll experience in your lifetime."

Last year, more than 95 million Father’s Day cards were given to the number one man in the family. But, what do you do if you are "fatherless?"

If you are feeling the blues this Father’s Day, here are some things you can try to shift your mood:

1. Find support
• Talk with other family members and friends about your loss.
• If funds are low, look for a community bereavement group. Many churches offer this type of group free of charge.
• Arrange for a therapist appointment on Saturday or Monday (the day before or after Father’s Day) to discuss your feelings and emotions.
• Look for bereavement support groups online. However, use caution when using these sites. Sometimes pranksters or Internet "trolls" visit these sites and can cause unwanted melee.

2. Celebrate the day in memory of your dad and treasure your memories.
• Reflect on your favorite memories of your dad. Discuss those memories with family and friends.
• Look at old photos and remember the best of times. Talk about one of the funniest moments with your dad.
• The key is to celebrate the good times and memories . If a bad memory enters your mind, consider forgiving your dad. Remember he was only human and he did his best.

Consider doing a small ritual in memory of your dad. Go to church or visit your dad’s gravesite. If he was cremated, you can buy and throw flowers where his ashes are spread. If it feels right, consider making it a yearly event.

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What about the divorced fathers that can't be bothered to pay their support or say mean and cruel things to their kids? Some fathers don't deserve to be celebrated!

June 16, 2011 - 8:53pm
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