Supporting those who’ve lost this father’s day

Father’s day can be a difficult time for anyone who’s experienced the loss of their father. Jane, our counselling and bereavement services manager blogs.

As Father’s Day approaches I think about all of the amazing patients and families and friends who we have met. And I think of the daughters and sons whose father have sadly died.

Some of you are big grown-up adult children and may potentially be parents yourselves and there may be moments when the small child inside you longs for your Dad.

This is such a natural and normal thing to be feeling.

For many people fathers provide protection and safety, fun and adventures and are always there…when someone dies not only do you feel the pain and loss of grief but also people can feel like their ‘Rock’ has gone…Dad is no longer around.

Other people who may have had a difficult relationships with their fathers grieve strongly too…for the Dad who has died and for the father they never had. This can be confusing at times and again is a natural and normal response. It is important to remember that everyone grieves differently and to know that what you feel is real and important.

Here at Martlets we will be thinking of you all on Fathers Day this year and along with the sadness we hope you can recall a memory that brings a fond smile to your face.

Further Information

During a lengthy illness, following the funeral, or sometimes long after the death of a loved one grief may become more than you are able or willing to handle. There are services and support which can help you through this time.

Anyone whose loved one was cared for by the Martlets is very welcome to make contact with our Bereavement Service by calling 01273 273400 or emailing

Earthworks, in partnership with Plot 22, is funded by Hospice UK

Useful Services and information:  

Cruse Bereavement Service 

Cruse offer a bereavement helpline to give support as you need it in addition to their website where you can also find resources on how to support your child.

0808 808 1677

Winston’s Wish  

Winston’s Wish has a wealth of resources and advice on how to support your child through bereavement, whilst also dealing with your own grief. They also have a free phone helpline you can call.

08088 020 021

Childhood Bereavement UK 

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.