• On Jan 22, 2009
    Michele from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We will be going on a grand gathering to celebrate the life of my late father in law. there will be 10 of us including 5 kids between 5 and 2. Any ideas on special things we can do to celebrate him while we are there?

    Oh, Michele!  Having just lost my own dad three short years ago, I can think of no better place to celebrate life than surrounded by the magic of Disney!  I am sure your father-in-law must have been a wonderful man that so many members of his family are coming together in celebration of him! 

    Before you go, you can create your own t-shirts or buttons to wear at the park, featuring a photo of your father-in-law.  It's kind of a way to know that he is with you all in spirit, enjoying knowing that each of you is having such a great time in his honor. 

    Plan a meal that he might have particularly enjoyed, and raise a glass in toast to him at the meal.  'Ohana - which means "family" - is probably a great option, as the theming of the restaurant is all about family and the importance of celebrating together.  There are also things there that will keep the kids interested, like coconut races.

    On my first trip after my father died, I purchased a few things that I think he might have purchased for my girls on one of his trips with us, and then I brought them back and donated them to a local children's charity he supported.  I felt like it was a great way to honor his memory - by letting it live on in the smiles of other children.

    Use every opportunity that you all have together to share stories of your father-in-law with the children.  His memory and the joy he brought to all of your lives will continue to flourish if you share it with the generations who may not have been old enough to collect enough of their own memories. 

    On the first trip my stepmother took with us after my dad died, we had ordered her a floral arrangement from the Disney Florist.  We did take one of the roses out of the arrangement and let it slip away off the beach at the Polynesian resort.  My dad loved it there more than any other Disney resort.

    Have a wonderful, magical trip.  This is truly a grand way to celebrate a much loved man.
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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