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With Father's Day approaching, this time of year can bring up a complicated mix of emotions. No matter what you or your people are feeling this holiday, we are here to support you. Here, you can find expert-backed, tried-and-true tips for navigating this day, as well as some simple and meaningful ways to support your loved ones who are having a tough time.
“Happy Father’s Day” doesn’t apply for everyone—and could even be insensitive. You can be more thoughtful with your greetings by taking these simple three steps.
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.
“I surrounded myself with friends—the simple things they did helped me get through a difficult day.” — Matt Scott
Use these tips to be there for grieving parents and make the day a chance to remember their child together.
Support friends who’ve lost their dad by finding ways to remember and celebrate him.
“My dad taught me how to chase a bold and fulfilling life—even after he was gone.” — Abby Fabiaschi
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.
“As an artist, I looked for creative opportunities to celebrate and commune with his memory even more.” — Jennifer Orkin Lewis
Sign up to receive expert advice on how to support family and friends facing challenges.
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.
Join an Option B group to connect with a community that understands what you’re going through.
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.