Sunday, 15 June 2014

Father's Day

This Father's Day, I will be grateful for my husband being such an amazing daddy.
I will be grateful for my dad being such a fantastic role model in my life.

And I will think of those close to me, who have lost their dad's.
Of the phone call this week, letting me know that someone close had miscarried at past 12 weeks.

And I will be grateful for those who hold their hand out to offer support.

Winston’s Wish is there to support children and young people remembering their dad this Father’s Day
As the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, Winston's Wish supports bereaved children and families, helping them to rebuild their lives after the death of a loved one. This enables them to face the future with confidence and hope.

And so whilst families celebrate Dad’s special day, those families supported by Winston’s Wish find it a particularly difficult time. Bereaved children and young people have been faced with reminders of their loss as everywhere features this focus on Father's Day.
And marking special occasions such as Father’s Day by creating activities to remember and celebrate the person who died, can make a difference.

Winston’s Wish provides 10 ways to remember dads this Father’s Day:

  • Take a special card to his grave – or to where his ashes were buried or scattered
  • Tie your Father’s Day card or a special message to a helium balloon and let it soar into the sky
  • Blow some bubbles and send him your love on the wind
  • Plant some bulbs or a shrub in a place that holds special memories of your Dad – what was his favourite colour?
  • Have his favourite meal – Risotto? Roast dinner? Curry?
  • Listen to his favourite music – (however awful his taste was!)
  • Begin to make a memory box in which to keep things that remind you of him – photos, shells, holiday snaps, glasses, silly tie etc.
  • Make or buy a new frame for your favourite photograph of him – what was he doing?
  • Ask your Nan or Grandad for their memories of Dad as a little boy, and/or your Mum for her memories of when she and Dad met
  • Write him a letter or a poem or a song. Maybe you could start with something like ‘If you came back for just 5 minutes, I’d tell you....’

17 year old Amelia Taylor received support from Winston’s Wish after her dad was killed in an air accident in 2009. Following home visits by a Winston’s Wish Practitioner and attendance at a residential weekend where she met other children in a similar position, Amelia found that talking about her dad became a lot easier.

“I have gained so much from the support given by Winston’s Wish. I suffered severe anxiety after dad’s accident and used to worry about everyone I loved; thinking something bad was going to happen to them. Winston’s Wish gave me strategies to help manage these feelings. Winston's Wish have helped me realise that anyone can lose a parent, at any age and that I am not the only person going through this”.

Winston’s Wish encourages families to keep memories of dad alive with activities that the whole family can engage in, such as making memory boxes, listening to dad’s favourite music or having his favourite meal on Father’s Day.

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