With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, many people are making plans to spend time with their dad. But for those whose fathers have passed away, the holiday is a heavy one. Parent-specific holidays, say most therapists, are even more difficult than other holidays. They bring back memories, but are not likely to grow new traditions, and thus become days of looking backward. Social worker Jill FitzGerald founded the Grief Resource Center in Glen Allen, Virginia, and she recommends giving grief its space by starting new traditions: traditions of remembrance for the person you have lost. It is important, though, to note the differences between grief and depression, and seek counseling or therapy if your sadness is overwhelming or doesn’t soften with time.
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