Memorializing Your Father

 

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Your father is one of the most valuable people that you will ever have in your life as with all of your family members, but most likely there was no one as close to you as your father. What do you do when your father passes? This is a hard question that most of us would just prefer not to think about even as our parents reach their mid-life. We all must face this sooner or later, but with the help of this article, you will be better prepared to handle the inevitable. The most important part is that not all of these methods require a form of money.

 

Methods To Memorialize Physically

*Build A Shrine

This might sound a little odd but notice that I am not talking about that creepy candlelit horror from Hey Arnold but rather something more simplistic like a reliquary made of wood. Surely there was a place that he enjoyed going to while he was here? What better place for you to set a shrine?! This shrine, as was his life, is not something that needs to be everlasting. As for me, my father enjoyed BBQing. We knew his favorite wood, hickory, and made a pit as his shrine.

 

*Visit Talked About Places

Just as he talked about these sites then it couldn’t hurt to give them a visit, right? Haven’t you always wondered what your father found so peaceful about his office or the woods? All it takes is ‘step into his shoes’ to understand¬†if you know your dad.

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*Bring Along A Keepsake With You

Any gift at all is a treasure now and needs to be treated like one. It is okay to have a piece of your family on you at all times. The best part is that this does not always have to be jewelry as well.

 

Methods To Memorialize Mentally

*Talk To Others

We often forget that we were not the only person in our father’s life. If your mother is still around, then ask her how your father influenced her life. If not then there are co-workers, friends, and just anyone who your father was able to touch on his short walk through life.

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*Improve Yourself

This can range from anything to as far as your fitness to your hobbies. The last thing that any father would like is for the lives of their children to go on pause just because theirs ran its course. There is no feeling better than pride when your dad was part of the process to help raise working members of society. Trust me this is a lot harder to do than it might sound at first and most cannot even come close to doing so, but soon the realization comes that it would be great to put meaning and purpose to your father’s life and death.

 

*In His Honor

Do something in his honor. It doesn’t have to be grand. You can ask help from friends and family and build the orphanage that he always wanted, or donate to his favorite charity. All you need to do is something that shows the world, no matter how large/small the act, that your father’s memory still burns just as it did when he was alive. What was your dad doing for the community or for others that he will be remembered for? Was there a certain message that he was trying to give his life? All these questions are only the starting point into discovering more about your father and how to do something in his name.

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