International Bereaved Father's Day
Thinking of all our bereaved dads today and sending them so much love and support. Today, August 28th
is International Bereaved Father's Day, which falls each year on the last Sunday of August.
While Father's Day in June is celebratory, this observance recognizes all the dads who have experienced
the grief and trauma caused by the death of their baby or child in any way.
It serves as a day of remembrance, hope, healing, and a time to deal with the enormous pain associated with
such a loss. In addition, it calls out stigma against grieving fathers in general as they sometimes grieve
differently from their partners. They are often pressured to be strong and don't feel free to express their
grief openly. But fathers grieve deeply too and should be allowed to grieve in their own way.
International Bereaved Father’s Day, launched in 2010, was created to raise greater awareness about parents
living after child loss – and allow people to remember the child or children they love and miss openly.
We acknowledge all the grieving dads out there. Whatever feelings today evokes for you are valid.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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Updated 14 November 2023
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