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For many, Father’s Day is filled with celebration and togetherness. But for friends and loved ones who have lost a child or father, or who are struggling with infertility or feeling left out of traditional celebrations, it can be hard. Here, you’ll find actions big and small you can take to offer extra support. And if Father’s Day is tough for you, you’re not alone—there’s expert advice and community support for you, too.
“Father’s Day” doesn’t apply for everyone—and can even hurt some. Take these three steps before saying it this year.
When a loved one is facing a difficult Father’s Day, small gestures of support can go a long way. Share love with these honest e-cards, made in partnership with PAPYRUS.
“My dad taught me how to chase a bold and fulfilling life—even after he was gone.” — Abby Fabiaschi
Support friends who’ve lost their dad by finding ways to remember and celebrate him.
Use these tips to be there for grieving parents and make the day a chance to remember their child together.
Sign up to receive expert advice on how to support family and friends facing challenges.
The best advice often comes from those who’ve experienced similar challenges themselves. Here, Option B community members share ideas for how loved ones can show they care.
If Father’s Day is tough for you, remember that you deserve to spend the day in a way that works for you. Read these seven tips to make it what you want it to be. And if you’re offering someone support, keep these tips in mind.
Join an Option B Facebook group to connect with people who’ve had similar experiences and are ready to offer support.
Father’s Day can be painful for people who aren’t close to their families. Learn why estrangement is hard for everyone involved, and how you can best help them.
“The hardest lesson I learned was that, even though my parents were no longer together, my parents still loved me.” — Chris Yangello
“Fathering takes many forms and comes in many different shapes—from teachers and coaches to friends and mentors.” — Stephen Thompson
Looking for a new way to spend Father’s Day? Doing good for others is good for you, too.
Parents who’ve lost a partner may feel unsure about how to spend this day. Find ways to help your friend plan a day that feels right to them.
If a friend has struggled to become a parent—due to infertility or other reasons—show them you’re thinking of them.
Learn how to make your community more welcoming for all families on Father’s Day.
“As an artist, I looked for creative opportunities to celebrate and commune with his memory even more.” — Jennifer Orkin Lewis
“I want to help my kids celebrate their father, but also to celebrate myself after a year of being both a mom and a dad.” — Kristen Boulard
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