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For Individuals Without Fathers On Father’s Day

If you’re anything like me, you might dread this Father’s Day. You may or may not have a reason to, but if you have refrained from logging onto social media in order to avoid seeing everyone else’s celebrations, let me assure you – you’re not alone.

Father’s Day can be tough for a number of reasons. Maybe your father has passed on, or you don’t have the best relationship with him. Whatever your situation, it is okay to take this day to acknowledge it.

By: Erika Hunter

Roughly six years ago, I lost my father to colon cancer. It was devastating. Before him, I hadn’t experienced a death so close to me. Though I couldn’t understand why life had suddenly taken a 180 turn, I eventually came to terms with my reality.

But don’t get me wrong. It took a while before I could even stir up the courage to write a post like this. I still struggle with the social media posts, let alone the holiday, but it has gotten easier.

I like to believe that things become easier as you begin to give it the attention it deserves.

The longer you act like today is just another day in an effort to get over the hurt, or disappointment from your father, you continue to do more damage than good.

On this Father’s Day, I encourage you to let it go and focus on positive things. Whatever it is, let it go. For some of us, it may be the feeling of hurt from our fathers’ absences in our lives. As cliché as this may sound, forgiveness is for you. You need to start with forgiveness and aim toward letting it go.

Shed that baggage. Liberate yourself by letting go.

For others like us, it may be the fact that our father’s physical presence no longer resides here with us on Earth. You can’t just let that go, so that’s not what I’d suggest. But, understand that your grief is real. It comes in stages and you must go through each before you reach a point of acceptance.

Check out these 4 Practical Ways to Think Positively & Have More Joy.


My father and I at the beach in 1998.

To the fatherless, I get it. I understand the feelings you’re experiencing and I hurt with you. However, take this day to do something different. If it’s not a holiday you usually celebrate, I challenge you:

Find a father, whether a friend or a co-worker, and celebrate them. You don’t have to sit in your situation today and pass the day by. There are fathers that deserve to be celebrated.

To all of the fathers, may you have a happy Father’s Day!

Thank you for being prominent in your children’s lives and raising them to be the individuals that they are today. You are appreciated, respected, and loved.

To my father, Baron Hunter, who has gone on to be with the Lord:

I thank you for all that you’ve done for me. It is because of you that I am even half the woman I am today. I love you.

Meet editorial intern Landon Funk, who shares her father’s impact on her life.

Just because you may not have someone who fits the conventional idea of a father doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the figures who may have a huge fatherly impact in your life. Who are you celebrating today? Share with us in the comments!

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