On Father's Day, When He’s Gone, He's Not Forgotten: iMemoryBook Offers a Way to Remember Dad on Father's Day

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In just a few weeks, most families will circle the backyard barbecue pit or their favorite fishing hole to honor dad. But for others, Father’s Day is a painful reminder that dad is no longer around. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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In just a few weeks, most families will circle the backyard barbecue pit or their favorite fishing hole to honor dad. But for others, Father’s Day is a painful reminder that dad is no longer around.

It doesn’t have to be that way. With an iMemoryBook (http://www.memories-are-forever.org/imemorybook/tribute.htm) from Memories are Forever, families can honor dad with a special tribute while making progress in the natural process of grieving. Even when families are separated by distance, memories, stories and photos can still be easily created and shared through virtual space.

“Losing a father is devastating, and the holiday to honor fathers only gives us one more day to realize how much we miss him,” says Janell Vasquez, CEO of Memories are Forever. “Instead of grieving, families can heal through the sharing of stories, photos and memories and through meaningful activities centered on their father’s life and tradition.”

Though it can be difficult — especially if a family’s loss is sudden or recent — remembering dad openly and together helps families find comfort, Vasquez says.

She speaks from personal experience. ”This will be the first Father’s Day without my own dad. As our family has taken the time to create his iMemoryBook, my appreciation for him has grown. It’s been so comforting to hear the things that others remember most about my dad – stories I’ve never heard before, or forgotten.

“Even when dads aren’t with us, shared activities and mementos are ways to reaffirm, honor and cherish our relationship. What better tribute or timeless memorial gift than a memory book that captures the essence of Dad, grows with time, and can be passed from one generation to another?”

iMemoryBook ideas for Father’s Day:

--Recall your earliest memories of Dad, and ask others to share their memories — how they met, times shared, anecdotes and turning points. Record those memories and stories as a book, scrapbook or iMemoryBook ‘time capsule’ so dad can be honored and remembered on his day year after year.

--Include a letter to him about significant and everyday life events, his influence … or, family members can write letters that focus on their most meaningful experiences with him. Compile them; add new ones to your father’s iMemoryBook every year.

--Dig out a family photo album — or create one that’s all about Dad; share memories of the snapshot moments. Record them as photo captions for your book.

--Create a memory box with keepsakes to treasure with your iMemoryBook or memorial book— these items will add a special significance to other special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions.

--Share memories and iMemoryBooks with children and grandchildren; invite their contributions so that they’re a part of the family legacy that will always include dad.

For information on giving a free iMemoryBook to children and youth who have lost a dad: http://www.memories-are-forever.org/imemorybook/children.htm.

For additional resources, or to learn about iMemoryBooks and memorial books: http://www.memories-are-forever.org/imemorybook/tribute.htm.

For additional tribute ideas for Father’s Day, visit: http://www.memories-are-forever.org/fathersday.htm.

About Memories are Forever

Memories are Forever provides unique resources for grieving families struggling with pain and emotions of bereavement. Founded in 2004, the organization originally focused on healing resources for children facing end-of-life or grief issues, but now extends support and custom products to anyone dealing with bereavement. For more information, visit http://www.memories-are-forever.org.

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