You can still spend time with your Dad on Fathers day, even if he is in Spirit…

Fathers Day can be a wonderful time to celebrate Fathers. The whole family gets together, and Dad gets to be king for a day. But when Dad has passed, Fathers Day can be a painful reminder of your loss. If you’re missing a Dad, Grandfather, or any father figure this Fathers Day, you can honor their memory by connecting with them. I promise, that connection will help ease the pain.

Remembering Fathers and Grandfather who have passed away can be difficult and emotional. We depend on them for so many things, and when they’re gone, even firing up the grill at a family gathering can unleash a flood of feelings and memories. Those feelings are just proof of the love you shared in life and can still share even though they have passed.

Keeping the connection alive.

We turn to our Dads for advice and to help teach us things we don’t know how to do. That doesn’t have to stop when they’ve passed. They are still watching over us from Heaven, and they want to connect with us, to keep helping us. Looking at a picture or holding onto something they treasured or even wearing one of their old sweaters can help you feel that connection.

Remember that they are right with you and by your side. It’s okay to speak to them. You don’t have to be at the graveside or at the cemetery to tell them how much you love them. They hear you through your internal thoughts and when you speak to them out loud. Just a simple “Thanks, Dad,” can go a long way to helping you feel connected again.

Your loving thoughts are a sign from Heaven.

Guess what? When you are thinking about someone you love in Heaven, it’s because they are thinking about you! They love sending you old forgotten memories and special signs to let you know they are close by. They want you to think back and smile and remember them, and know how proud they are of you. Their love is still with you, even though you are a world apart.

A friend of mine got a big promotion last month. “I know Dad would be so proud of me,” she said. “He always believed in me even when I didn’t think I would be successful.” Her father died years ago, before she’d even started this job. “I put his picture on my desk, and every once in a while, I look at him and thank him. I feel like he’s there with me, keeping an eye on me. When I have a problem I’m trying to solve, I look at him and think, what would you do?What do you think I should do? The answer always comes.” And she’s not the only one. I hear from so many people how they stay connected to their Dads and keep getting that advice and encouragement that means so much.

Our Fathers and Grandfathers are always with us. Their presence is the strongest on days like Fathers Day and on special anniversaries you share with them. They love being there in spirit when families gather and share a meal, laughter, and memories. Reach out to them on those special days, and every day! Say thank you, ask a question, even just say hi. All you have to do is remind them that you are open to hearing from them and they’ll find a way to come through – no medium required. Happy Fathers Day!

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