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Father's Day can be difficult — 25 gifts for the person who’s grieving

TODAY logo TODAY 6/10/2022 Chrissy Callahan

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No matter how old you are, dealing with the loss of a parent can shake you to your core. We're usually at a loss for words when comforting friends or family in this kind of delicate situation, especially during holidays like Father's Day, but sending a token of our love to emphasize that we're here whenever they need us is a thoughtful (and appreciated) move.

If you find yourself looking for more ways to help from afar, we've rounded up several thoughtful sympathy gifts to help keep the memory of their parent alive.

Best sympathy gifts for the loss of a parent

28Collective Dad Memorial Journal

Dad Memorial Journal

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Dad Memorial Journal $24.99 at Etsy

While he may not be here physically, your loved one could still continue communicating with their parent through written word. This vegan leather journal is a great outlet to help them work through complicated feelings, or they could utilize it to write down daily thoughts Dad would've loved to hear.

The Painted Hedge Dad Memorial Gift

Memorial Gift

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Memorial Gift $39.99 at Etsy

Rich memories of cherished times together will never fade, and this tabletop memorial serves as a constant reminder of that sentiment. You can choose from a number of font and base colors, along with two candle choices (real wax or a flameless LED).

Kamieatapple Personalized Angel Wings Keychain

Personalized Angel Wings Keychain

Personalized Angel Wings Keychain $12.50 at Etsy

Carrying a subtle reminder of the love they shared with their parent is an easy way to keep them close, which makes a personalized keychain a great option to gift someone who's experiencing a loss. This double sided photo keychain even has angel wings on the bottom, and can be hung from their car's rear view mirror or attached to their keys.

Related: Let them know you're thinking of them.

Personalized Memorial Heart Ornament

Personalized Memorial Heart Ornament

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Personalized Memorial Heart Ornament $9.99 at Personalization Mall

The holidays can be particularly tough when a parent recently passed away, but a personalized ornament can help carve out a place of honor on their tree to pay tribute for years to come. Designed with angel wings, a name/year and the phrase "Your wings were ready, but my heart was not," this porcelain ornament is a meaningful gift to give someone who needs a little boost as they approach the end of the year.

Joycuff Remembrance Cuff Bangle

Remembrance Jewelry Memorial Bracelet

Remembrance Jewelry Memorial Bracelet $11.87 at Amazon

Sentimental jewelry, like this sleek remembrance cuff, is an easy way for some people to keep their late parent close to their heart. The style comes in several varieties, with various phrases to represent the lasting bond between a parent and child.

Flights in Stilettos Reflection Grief Journal

Daily Writing Prompts For Reflection, Remembrance & Spirit Renewal

Daily Writing Prompts For Reflection, Remembrance & Spirit Renewal $15.99 at Etsy

To process grief, some of us turn to reflection to find peace. And that's exactly what this grief journal encourages as it guides you through daily writing prompts to understand what you're feeling following the death of a family member.

Memorial Glass Suncatcher

Goodbye Memorial Personalized Glass Suncatcher

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Goodbye Memorial Personalized Glass Suncatcher $19.99 at Personalization Mall

Everyone deals with loss in their own unique way, and some people gravitate towards more subtle tributes to a lost loved one. For instance, a personalized glass suncatcher blends in seamlessly with other household decor and honors a parent in a subtle yet sweet way.

Risky Beads Dad Memorial Pocket Coin

Dad Memorial Pocket Coin

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Dad Memorial Pocket Coin $17.95 at Etsy

Sometimes, it's the little things that make someone smile when they're going through a loss. This memorial pocket coin features double sided text with angel wings, the word "Dad" and dates on the front and the phrase "Always with me" with a double heart on the back.

Joycuff Memorial Necklace

Stainless Steel Silver Sympathy Pendant Necklace

Stainless Steel Silver Sympathy Pendant Necklace $12.97 at Amazon

Available in Mom and Dad varieties (in addition to other family members), this memorial necklace has two heart chains, with one that reads "God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart" and another that says "Mom" or "Dad." It also has an angel wing charm on the side.

Tuobsm Memorial Picture Hanging Board

Memorial Picture Hanging Board

Memorial Picture Hanging Board $16.99 at Amazon

Selecting a few photos to memorialize a parent in a collage can be tough, but this picture hanging board lets them regularly rotate the photos to keep their memory alive. It's also great for teaching young children about a grandparent they never had the chance to meet.


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Lovepop Sympathy Tulip Bouquet

Sympathy Tulip Bouquet

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Sympathy Tulip Bouquet $24.00 at Lovepop

Flowers are a thoughtful gesture, but their fleeting lifespan can sometimes be a sad reminder when dealing with a loss. Luckily, these paper tulips will last a lifetime and serve as a constant reminder of the love you have for your friend when they are dealing with the death of a parent.

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A Few Spare Moments Engraved Wooden Spoon

Engraved Wooden Spoons

Engraved Wooden Spoons $16.96 at Etsy

Anyone who loved spending time in the kitchen with their mom or dad will cherish this special wooden spoon. The sturdy utensil is engraved with the following phrase that will make them think fondly of their beloved parent: "Because someone we love is in heaven, there is a little bit of heaven in our home."

Shutterfly Foliage Surround Wall Cross

Foliage Surround Wall Cross

Foliage Surround Wall Cross $24.99 at Shutterfly

Many people turn to their faith during tough times, and a commemorative cross can bring comfort to anyone who is missing their mom or dad. Shutterfly's affordable option has room for a name, dates, photo and a prayer, and has a peaceful foliage design.

BrandonScottAD Sympathy Frame

Sympathy Frame

Sympathy Frame $24.22 at Etsy

Photo frames are a dime a dozen, but a customized one with a special message can be a great way to memorialize a parent. This sympathy frame is an affordable option and comes in two colors — black and gray — and multiple background color options.

28Collective Memorial Music Box

Memorial Music Box

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Memorial Music Box $29.99 at Etsy

There's something so soothing about a music box, and this personalized one pays tribute to a lost mother. It comes with a framed card that can be replaced with a photo and has a sleek velvet lining and a compartment for jewelry.

Shutterfly Classic Loving Memory Personalized Frame

Classic Loving Memory Personalized Frame

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Classic Loving Memory Personalized Frame $32.99 at Shutterfly

A photo is worth a thousand words, but a collage frame can mean everything to someone who just lost a parent. The 8x10 frame can be hung or displayed on a desk and comes with enough room to display several photos to represent a life well-lived.

Alex and Ani Always in My Heart Charm Bangle

'Always in My Heart' Charm Bangle

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  • 'Always in My Heart' Charm Bangle $23.00 at Alex and Ani
  • 'Always in My Heart' Charm Bangle $34.00 at Macy's
  • 'Always in My Heart' Charm Bangle $23.00 at Amazon

The engraved message on this Alex and Ani charm says it all: a lost parent is always in your heart. The expandable bangle is the perfect gift for anyone who loves sentimental jewelry and is a statement piece they'll hold close to their heart forever.

Wild Wishes Shop Hugs From Heaven Throw Blanket

Hugs From Heaven Throw Blanket

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Hugs From Heaven Throw Blanket $34.00 at Etsy

When you can't get a real hug from your parents, a special blanket can envelop you in comfort and make you think of all the love you shared. Complete with a thoughtful poem, this one can be customized with a name at the bottom and comes in two color options (white and gray).

Celebration of Life Memorial Lantern

Celebration of Life Memorial Lantern

Celebration of Life Memorial Lantern $32.99 at Amazon

Light always symbolizes hope, and this memorial lantern lets the light of a lost loved one shine on. It has a poetic phrase on the front glass and a pair of cardinals that make the design even more aesthetically pleasing. It's also a statement decor piece that works in any setting — indoors or outdoors.

Knox Pots Company Remembering Dad Memorial Planter

Remembering Dad Memorial Planter

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Remembering Dad Memorial Planter $24.95 at Etsy

If you're shopping for someone whose parent had a green thumb, a personalized memorial planter is a meaningful way to help them honor their loved one. This one can be customized with a name and years, and will serve as a happy reminder of their late parent whenever they walk by it.

Blessed Birdy Boutique Memorial Shadow Box

Memorial Shadow Box

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Memorial Shadow Box $30.60 at Etsy

This 8x10 shadow box offers beautiful symbolism with its tree design and touching phrase that reads, "A limb has fallen from our family tree that says grieve not for me, remember the best times, the laughter, the songs, the good life I lived while I was strong." It can stand on a table or be hung on a wall, and comes in three frame colors.

Personalization Mall Engraved Memorial Photo Keepsake Box

Botanical Memorial Engraved Memorial Photo Keepsake Box

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Botanical Memorial Engraved Memorial Photo Keepsake Box $39.99 at Personalization Mall

Looking through old photos can bring back happy memories even when your parent is gone. But instead of keeping them in a boring shoe box, a personalized keepsake box can add a special touch. This one can be engraved with a phrase, name and dates, and features a photo on the lid.

Personalization Mall Personalized Heart Clock

Memory Becomes A Treasure Personalized Colored Heart Clock

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Memory Becomes A Treasure Personalized Colored Heart Clock $39.99 at Personalization Mall

Time heals all wounds, and this heart-shaped clock serves as a reminder that although your parent is gone, you will be OK in the long run. The chic design can be customized with a phrase, name and years and comes in four color options.

Things Remembered Loving Memory Photo Musical Snow Globe

Loving Memory Photo Musical Snow Globe

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Loving Memory Photo Musical Snow Globe $31.20 at Things Remembered

Even when a parent is gone, they're never far from their heart, and this beautiful snow globe is a sweet way to keep them a part of their world. The musical globe plays the song "Amazing Grace" and can be engraved with a name, date or quote. It also fits a photo of your loved one.

Personalization Mall In Memory Engraved Pocket Watch

In Memory Engraved Pocket Watch

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In Memory Engraved Pocket Watch $49.99 at Personalization Mall

Pocket watches are a classic timepiece that never go out of style, and this one can be personalized with a five-line message to commemorate the loss of a loved one. It's a practical gift, but also a meaningful way to carry your deceased parent's memory around with them.

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