Grandfather Death Poem

Poem For My Granddad Who Died

I wrote this poem for my granddad who died on the 6th march 2009. He had been in hospital for over 8 weeks as he got pneumonia and then lost his swallowing reflex and could not eat. We did not expect him to pass away as he had had an operation to fit a peg in his stomach so he could be eat and was doing fine. But he died that Friday unexpectedly and by the time we got to the hospital he had passed away. I wrote this poem to be said at his funeral and I know he now watches over and takes care of us all.

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© Fiona Bourke

Published: Mar 2009


We know you can no longer stay with us,
you fought long and hard to be with us.
We know you now watch over and protect us,
Although we cannot hear your voice or see your smiling face,
We know deep down in our hearts that you have not left us.
Instead everyday you surround us with the singing of the birds,
the rising of the sun and the falling of night.
So many broken hearts are left behind,
But in our deepest despair our greatest comfort lies knowing
that you are now at peace with the angels and God.
So as times passes our tears will dry,
our hearts will mend
but our love for you will never end.


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  • by Lauren
  • Jul 2013

My grandpa died of pneumonia. It's a horrible thing he also had lung cancer with it which made it a lot worse and I like your poem a awful lot it helps me get through tough times and I read this at his funeral and everyone loved it thank you very much


  • by Samantha, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 2012

My grandfather passed away on July 23, 2012. No one thought he was going to pass away that day but he did. I was at his house just 3 hours before he died and he was fine we were joking around and playing games, but he took my cousins to the pool and he started having heart pain. When he got the hospital he died 2 hours later. I miss him so much and I wanted to read a poem at his funeral but I didn't know what to write and this poem gave me good ideas.


  • by Abby
  • Oct 2012

My grandfathers passed away three months apart from each other witch is really hard still even thought it was back in January and March. I still can't believe they are gone and it hurts me still too this day to know they are gone even thought they are my angels looking down and watching me :)


  • by Emily, California
  • Sep 2012

My grandfather passed away a couple days ago. It has been very hard on all of us, and I have been asked to give a speech at his funeral. I am writing a poem of my own, and the last three lines of your poem really touched me. I was wondering if I could use them in my own? I would really appreciate it. Thank you!


  • by Helen Parker, Wirral
  • Jul 2012

I have been searching for a poem to give me some comfort after the loss of my grandad last week. This poem really touched me. It wasn't until after reading the poem did I read Fiona's story and realized how my grandad passed away in the exact same way in the exact same time frame. Thank you for letting me share this, it really does help when I read it.


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