Father’s Day is customarily a day of celebration when children and fathers everywhere gather to enjoy each other’s company. If your child has died, this holiday can be particularly difficult to face. You may not even feel like acknowledging Father’s Day at all. At Cypress Lawn, our compassionate staff knows how challenging it is to be reminded of a significant personal loss like the death of a child. Here are some helpful things to try when you’re coping with the death of a child on Father’s Day.
When we’re facing acute grief, we may not have the physical energy to do much of anything, but moving the body can help relieve feelings of sadness and desperation. Whether it’s a simple walk around the neighborhood or an extensive hike on a nature trail, exercising in the fresh air can leave you feeling more at peace and connected to the world around you.
Practice relaxation techniques.
In the midst of deep grief, it can be tough to remember to do something as simple as deep breathing. Practicing relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation can help you gain a sense of stability and peace while feeling uncomfortable emotions. If it’s hard for you to relax on your own, ask a friend to join you in a yoga class at a local studio or download a guided meditation app on your phone.
Spend time socializing.
It’s common to want to be alone while you’re grieving, but spending time with loved ones can help you feel supported during an intense period of grief. If you feel up to it, try to get outside and socialize with friends and family you trust. Let them know what you’re going through and how they can support you during this time.
Find time to reflect.
Taking a few moments to acknowledge whatever you’re feeling can help you better accept your current state of mind. Grief is not a linear path. There will be good days and bad days, and it can be encouraging to note how you are moving through both with perspective and care.
If after practicing these coping mechanisms, you still find yourself weighed down with heavy feelings of grief over your loss, we recommend seeking professional help. Our caring team can put you in touch with local grief counselors and therapists in San Francisco or the Bay Area. Contact us anytime 24/7.