Her excellent book, Moving from Broken to Beautiful Through Grief, offers more tips to help people navigate the stormy waters of grief. Now, here’s Yvonne—
Father’s Day will be difficult for me this year. My father passed away two months ago. What about you? Perhaps your father also died. A friend of mine lost her father and her stepfather. Father’s Day will be difficult for her too.
Maybe your father or stepfather is ill and could die at any moment. You may be planning the viewing, church service, and burial or cremation.
Perhaps your father physically, emotionally, or sexually abused you. Maybe your father divorced your mother when you when you were a child and disappeared. Father’s Day will be difficult for you too.
Your father may have been addicted to alcohol or other drugs, and you suffered because of the chaos in the home. You may have no interest in Father’s Day.
Commercials abound on radio, TV, and the newspaper to remind you to buy your dad a Father’s Day card or that suggest the perfect cologne, fishing gear, or electronics to buy him. You may want to turn off the radio and TV or toss the newspaper.
Those commercials bring pain, not help.
Church may also bring pain because of the pastor’s message about fathers and the people saying “Happy Father’s Day” to the men of the church.
As for lunch or dinner, again, TV, radio, and newspaper commercials will flood you with brunch or buffet specials for Father’s Day.
You may want to do what I plan to do. I will eat at home or order a take-out meal. I don’t want to watch families eat together and their dad open his gifts. That would make Father’s Day more difficult for me.
Another suggestion would be to invite a friend or two to your home to eat a potluck meal or to order take-out.
You may prefer a quiet day at home to journal, listen to music, or watch a movie. You may also see the day as an opportunity to work on your goals for the next six months.
Whatever you decide, remember that our heavenly Father God loves you with an unconditional love. He doesn’t have office hours and longs to hear from you. He will never turn you away.
Tell God how you feel and allow him to bring you comfort and peace.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)
Prayer: God, Father’s Day will be difficult for me. Please help me plan the day and get through it. Amen.
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Practical examples and suggestions to help you move from the heartache of grief to the beauty of comfort, peace, and purpose in your new normal.
Yvonne Ortega says, “Hope and healing are more than theories from a textbook. I survived divorce, single parenting, breast cancer, four car accidents in seven years, and multiple family losses in 2009, including the loss of my only child.
I NOT ONLY SURVIVED, BUT ALSO THRIVED.
You too can move from broken to beautiful.”
Learn more about Yvonne at her website.
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