Remembering Dear Old Dads (and Granddads)

Who will you be missing this Father's Day? I’ll be thinking about and missing my granddaddies, Ozell and Brooken. Granddaddy Ozell died in 2006, Granddaddy Brooken just this past fall. I was lucky to know them and have them in my life well into adulthood.

 

I miss their smiles, their laughs, the twinkling in their eyes. They were very different: one a farmer turned insurance agent who spent most of his 79 years in the same Alabama county; the other a preacher turned cemetery salesman who forged a path from Kentucky to Ohio to Alabama. Different, but each had a wonderful sense of humor, a thirst for knowledge and an intense love for their family.

 

I keep my granddaddies close to my heart in many ways; I even named my children in honor of them. I’ve also created memorials for them on my Facebook page. (You can do the same for your dad or granddad. Here's how to pay tribute on your Facebook page.) On Father's Day, I'll be thinking of these two good men and their lasting impact on me and my family.

 

If your dad has died, or if you are a father who's lost a child, LegacyConnect has resources to help – on Father's Day and throughout the year. Here are a few of our favorite fatherly tributes and articles from grief and loss experts.

 

On behalf of Legacy.com, I wish you a peaceful and relaxing Father's Day.

-Jessica


A Corny Tribute to Two Dads Every year when Father’s Day approaches, Susan Soper and her husband re-ignite a furious debate: Whose dad’s fried corn is better?


Feeling Connected to My Dad – A daughter finds connection with her dad after he dies, despite their difficult relationship

Reaching Out on Father's Day How to help a friend facing Father's Day without their dad, child or grandfather

Father's Day – Dead and Alive – Celebrating dad with a good martini and the best steak Atlanta has to offer

Lessons from My Dad – Lessons learned from a father who died too young



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