For many people, your mom and dad have helped shaped you into the person you are today. They taught you so many things from understanding the difference between right and wrong to how to care for yourself and for some, how to raise your children. The sacrifices a parent makes for the betterment of their child is arguably one of the most important yet often underappreciated things about being a parent.
An often overlooked holiday occurs on the third Sunday in July after we have celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It’s called Parents’ Day. A day dedicated to saying thanks to your parents for everything they’ve done as a team to help you over the years.
If your parents are no longer here though, celebrating the day can be a stressful time for some people. Today we’ll look at different ways to celebrate Parents’ Day and pay tribute to the life of your parents.
If there’s one thing most parents love, it’s gathering the family together for a meal. With everyone living busy lives, it can be hard to get your entire family together at the same time. Often when families do gather, it’s for dinner. Try to switch it up and gather as a family for breakfast. Whether it’s at a local restaurant or someone’s home, bring your siblings and their family members together to share breakfast like you would have had with your parents when you were children.
Try to think about funny stories, things your parents often said or did, and other unique or quirky things about them. From there, turn these stories into questions and play a trivia game with your family. It will give everyone a chance to reflect over memories they may have forgotten and serve as a way to share stories with grandchildren that may not have known as much about their grandparents.
Most moms love taking pictures of their family. It’s wasn’t a real family trip or celebration if mom wasn’t telling you and your siblings to smile for what felt like the 200th picture together. All those pictures have to end up somewhere eventually. A great way to reminisce over memories of your parents is to look through old photo albums and scrapbooks. If you’re crafty, consider taking old photo albums and turn them into new scrapbooks infused with pictures of your parents and your children.
A barbeque is a great way for friends and family to gather and share stories about your parents. Just because your parents are gone doesn’t mean you can’t connect with their long-time friends. Invite your family and friends of your family and relatives over to celebrate the day together. This will allow people the chance to reconnect if they haven’t seen each other in years and share their favorite stories with one another.
When you were younger, was there something you did every summer? For many families, something like an annual beach trip or weekend camping is something many parents look forward to. An excellent way to pay tribute to your parents is by spending the day doing what your parents loved to do with your family. It will serve as a way to reminisce over memories and feel connected to your parents.
Experiencing grief and missing your parents on Parents’ Day is not uncommon. By celebrating your parents’ lives, you’ll feel connected to them and help make the grief subside. Experts agree, listen to your heart and only do as much as you are able. You may not want to do anything at all, that’s okay too.
Do you have unique or fun ways that you remember your mom and dad on Parents’ Day? Let us know how you plan to celebrate Parents’ Day in the comment section below!
This entry was posted in Community Building on July 20th, 2017 by ObitTree .
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