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Coping with the Loss of a Father or Mother


Losing a parent is one of the hardest things we will go through. A father and mother have significant impact on our lives, thanks in big part to the love and bond we share with each of them. If you have recently lost your mom or dad, please accept our deepest sympathies. We hope that the following guidance can help you as you grieve.


Find solace in your remaining family members.

When a family member dies, it can easily feel like you are alone in your grief. But that is not the case. Your siblings, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other remaining family members are going through the same experience, and are there for you. Find comfort in being near them. Even if you have few family members surrounding you, friends who are as close as family can be a wonderful support system.


Perform an act of charity in his or her memory.

The love of a parent can live on through a positive action performed in their name and memory. Some ways to do this include donating to a nonprofit that they personally loved or spending their birthday volunteering for an organization that they supported. Doing these good deeds will help you feel close to their spirit.


Meditate on the moments you shared that you are the most thankful for.

Remembering the happy experiences you had together with your mother or father will help you as you begin your journey to healing. By taking some quiet time to reflect on these memories, you will start to feel connected to your Loved One once again, and the grief you feel can start to turn into gratefulness for the time you were able to share.


Create a personalized memorial.

While memories are a great way to hold a Loved One near, sometimes a tangible reminder of your parent can be helpful in navigating grief. As you create your memorial, remember to incorporate a personal aspect of them for an even more meaningful memento. Fingerprint Jewelry and Keepsakes can be a heartfelt memorial, as they allow you to physically feel a part of your Loved One. Touch the lines and grooves of their print, and know that they are with you.


The grief you feel after your dad or mom passes away will look different than anyone else’s. Even siblings have different journeys to healing. Give yourself grace during this difficult time and know that, however you cope, you are not alone. Your parent lives on in your heart each and every day.