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International Bereaved Father’s Day

August 26, 2023

“Bereaved Father’s Day is dedicated to fathers who have lost a child. It serves as a day of remembrance, hope, healing, and a time to deal with the often immense pain associated with such a loss…

Bereaved Father’s Day serves to recognize fathers who have endured or are still enduring the loss of a child. This type of loss — no matter how old the child was — is particularly excruciating for parents. Father’s Day, in general, may seem to ignore fathers who could have been or once were. Or, understandably, fathers who are mourning may not feel that celebrating Father’s Day is appropriate. Bereaved Father’s Day serves to ensure that these men feel that they matter, too.

Bereaved Father’s Day serves as a way to call out any stigma that may exist against fathers in general. Though no less of a parent than mothers, bereaved fathers may be viewed differently by some groups. Bereaved fathers everywhere come together to recognize one another’s grief as well as demonstrate that they feel it no less deeply than their wives or partners do.

That being said, there are a few traditional (and less traditional ways) of observing Bereaved Father’s Day with a mourning father in your life. Be mindful that some years may be harder than others, no matter how much time has passed. It’s unfortunate — but true — that some pain does not know time.” -Yvonne Bertovich


August 26, 2023