Grandfather Death Poem

Hi my name is Sarah. I am 24 years old and I lost my grandad last year to cancer. Growing up I wasn't really as close to my grandad as I was to my Nan but over the last few years I did get really close to him. He only found out he had cancer about 10 weeks before he went and my Nan spent the last 4 weeks of his life looking after him because she wouldn't allow him to go in a hospice as he wouldn't have wanted to. The cancer robbed him of his pride and dignity then eventually his life. He just seemed to give up when he was fitted with a colostomy bag. He told me the day before he went that he was ready. I believe I am truely blessed to have had him in my family.

Goodbye Granddad

© Sarah Harrison
So heaven has received another angel
The night sky another star
Your life has become a loving memory
I know you will never be far.
I know you are watching over me
As my life goes on
I will treasure the memories I have of you
I cant believe you're gone.
You were a loving caring grandad
You were there for me a lot
You will always hold a place in my heart
A loving treasured spot.
You were really one in a million
A cut above the rest
All that knew you would agree
You simply were the best.
So grandad I will say goodbye
I love and miss you with all my heart
But as long as I have my loving memories
We will never be too far apart.
written for Billy Harrison died 26th July 2007
goodbye grandad SIMPLY THE BEST.


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Published: Sep 2009

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  • My grandpa just passed away a week ago and I could think of anything to say at his funeral so I began to read poems. I came across this one and it inspired me. Thank you so much!

    Danielle, Kissimmee Fl Submitted Apr 2010

  • My Papa just passed away and I loved him very much. I wanted to be able to honor his memory but I'm not much of a writer. I saw this poem and it was exactly what I was feeling. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone you are very talented and I am also sorry for your loss.

    Virginia, NH Submitted May 2010

  • My Papa passed away June 26,2010 after a 5 month battle with pancreatic cancer. This poem was is how I'm feeling and the other grandchildren as well.

    New Brunswick Canada Submitted Jun 2010

  • My grandfather just passed away 11 hours ago and I am going to say a speech or poem at his funeral and came across Sarah's poem and it is just beautiful and so true of any special grandfather. Has given me inspiration to try and write my own. Thank you

    Sheryl, New Zealand Submitted Jul 2010

  • My papa passed away 5 day ago and they wanted me to say a poem . I'm not very talented so I was looking for a poem online. I say this poem and it's exactly how I feel about papa. You're a very talented poet

    Belize Submitted Jul 2010

  • My grandad passed away 2 days ago, I want to say a poem but didn't know if I could do it, but looking at this poem I think I could do it for my grandad. It is lovely.

    Beth, Manchester Submitted Aug 2010

  • I lost my hero to cancer yesterday... I'm desperate to find the strength to speak at the funeral, and I'm finding inspiration in your beautiful words... thank you so much.

    Keith, Northern Ireland Submitted Oct 2010

  • I really miss my grandpa he died today and I told him I'd never leave him behind and all I know is he's not going to be in pain anymore and I know he'll be in a really really better place and will take and give my grandpa a pair of wings and grandpa will fly to a place were he's loved

    Bobbie Submitted Mar 2011

  • Hello I lost my grandfather to cancer too, now I have a reason to cry, it really hit me, I am try to cope with it but every time a holiday comes up, its sad and emotional, cause he's not there, I wish they'd find a cure to cancer already. its hard to watch someone go through all there, he was a really strong and wonderful guy, he was in world war two, he lived a great life. Grandfathers are really the best :D

    Kirsten Submitted Oct 2011

  • I lost my grandad to cancer 3 days ago now, everyone one has been asked to write a little something, whether its feelings or just memories, but I was having a little bit of trouble, because I could go on for ages, so I decided to look at poems to try help me out and then I saw this and it touched me so much, I feel like it makes so much sense for my grandad, so I'd just like to say thank you for your inspiration and I'm sorry for your loss

    England Submitted May 2012

  • Hi! I just lost my grandpa last March 24 and it's father's day today so I search for a message or poem for him , a message that will truly say what my heart really wanted to tell him and I found this! Thank you for posting it.. it's really hard to move when you lost someone you truly loved, someone that has been your hero all your life, someone who took care of you since you we're a little girl, I love my grandpa he's my IDOL...!!!

    Joyce, Manila Philippines Submitted Jun 2012

  • I just lost my grandpa yesterday due to cancer he fought for 5 years and he finally lost the battle. I have had the honor of knowing my grandpa for 24 years and getting to know what a great man he was and is. He will always be in my heart and in my dreams. Oh how much I miss him. I moved in with him in 2011 before I had my son and he got the chance to watch his final great grand child grow up and turn 1 years old. He had such a great personality and a funny sense of humor. He had such a great heart and loved his family more then anything. family meant everything to him. He held on as long as he could and I thank GOD that I got 24 years with him. I LOVE you so much grandpa and will miss you so much

    Kacey Mitchell, Muskegon Michigan Submitted Oct 2012

  • My 4 year old daughter lost her beloved grandad today after a year long battle with leukemia , I cannot find the words at the moment to actually tell her that he has died but I am finding strength in reading your poem. He was such a huge part of her life and the hole left behind will be massive but he will leave a legacy of love in her heart which I will keep alive x

    Sue Land Submitted Nov 2012

  • Hello, my grandad died 20 years ago tomorrow and I was looking for a poem tat I could use for his anniversary and this poem is the perfect one. Thank you for sharing it.

    Ireland Submitted Jan 2013

  • My Granddad passed away this morning of unknown causes and the funeral is already being arranged. Because I am the oldest grandchild I need to make a speech. I didn't know what to say but your poem helped bring my feelings to the surface. I am sorry for your loss and know the pain of losing a beloved family member.

    Tamika-Leeigh, Emerald Submitted 8/2/2013

  • Wow thank you everyone for your comments. I haven't been on here in years as I couldn't remember what site I put the poem on. I love writing and poetry is a really big passion of mine. Thank you all for sharing your stories of how my poem helped you. I have wrote more and will share them on this site.... again thank you all xx

    Sarah Harrison Submitted 2/24/2014

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