Daughter Death Poem

My youngest daughter Charlotte passed away nearly five years ago at the age of two. Each year I write a poem to honor her memory. Handprint was written for the third anniversary of her death. It is interesting to see the different stages of grief reflected from year to year. I hope you can feel this poem, as I do.


© Tony Doiron
You were lying in my arms,
As I tried to say goodbye,
"It might be for the best", they said,
But I knew that was a lie.

I gazed at your little handprint,
Given to us that day,
You wouldn't feel pain again,
But I wanted you to stay.

You fought for every breath you took,
Never letting go,
Until one day God made you His,
Leaving all of us below.

Although you couldn't walk or talk,
Or even count to ten,
Your short life had more impact,
Than a hundred million men.

(written by Tony Doiron)


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Published: Feb 2011

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  • I lost my daughter 5 years ago tomorrow (22/02/11) aged 7 weeks. Her bowel twisted which cut off the blood supply, which killed her. I read this and it is exactly how I felt in the hours waiting for her to go. It's beautifulxx

    Sarah, Bradford Submitted Feb 2011
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  • I lost my daughter 4 weeks ago today she was 10 months old. I was at work and her dad was watching her she climbed on the TV table and the TV fell on her head she was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m May 13, 2011...this poem is absolutely beautiful it put tears in my eyes reading it.

    Patience Submitted Jun 2011
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  • I read this today because my Daughter Kayla's Ann. It is coming up it will be her 15th. The days get better but the years don't make it easier, she's still gone from me. and I will never know what she could have become, but the two years I had I will never forget.
    Thank You,

    Randy Garabedian, Salem ,NH Submitted Jul 2011
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  • I should be spending this time planning my little girls 11th birthday that is in 5 days but instead I'm still trying to figure out why she was taken from me. My baby girl was ripped away from me the day after Thanksgiving 2010. Does it ever get easier?

    Dawn Smith, Malvern AR Submitted Jul 2011
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  • Well I lost my daughter 10 years ago....She would have been 10 years old on November 18th and she passed away a week later. She was premature and only 1 pound 5 ounces when I had her. I was not able to hold her until the night they called me and said I needed to get to the hospital, she was so tiny and I asked if I could hold her for the first time ever..they replied yes. So they put her in my arms for the first time and I cried so hard, that was the first and last time I held her because she took her last breath in my arms...:-( I have still not got over it and I hold her so close to my heart.( I was only 16 yrs old when I had her and I am 26 now and it has been so hard as time goes by you learn to find ways to help the time pass)

    Nikki, Berkeley,CA Submitted Nov 2011
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  • I was reading this and tears came down. It makes me so sad to loose my little girl. She was born Nov 17 2011 and died 6 days later with everything seeming fine and leading to death at the last minute. To who wrote this, you did an excellent job and it will be in her scrapbook to remember how beautiful it is and exactly how I feel. I'll never forget her or what could of been and even seeing 2 little girls playing makes me sad because that's what I pictured. It gets better on days and worse at times, but I believe in god and reasoning for what he did, just wish I knew!

    Kayly Pfeifer, Decatur,IL Submitted Nov 2011
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  • I lost my little girl 15 years ago today, I swear its the hardest thing anyone could ever do, I also lost another to a miscarriage about 6 years ago and about 3 years ago I had to have a hysterectomy, a lot of people say its hard, no hard is loosing your babies and knowing you will NEVER get to have another. and all you do have is memories, GOD I would give the world back 10 times over to have my babies with me. Todays my oldest one's birthday I spend the day depressed, I usually go take myself out to eat, then go buy something I think she may have liked, then, I bake a cake..... in memory of her because she may be gone but after having and holding her, she will never be forgotten

    Rita Rector, Morganton N.C. Submitted Feb 2012
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  • Thank you for sharing your stories with me. I write a poem each year on the anniversary of Charlotte's death. This is one of six now. God Bless.

    Tony Doiron, Saint John, New Brunswick Submitted Apr 2012
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  • I had to lay my beautiful 2 month old daughter to rest on 4-6-2012 she never had a chance to live her life. She was taken from her mother and I so young. We still wait to hear what was wrong with our little sweetpea. God my have a plan and we may never understand but I want an answer. She didn't deserve this one bit Harlie Elizabeth Hatton rest now and wait on mommy and daddy we will be together soon I love you

    Terre Haute Submitted Apr 2012
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  • It will be a month tomorrow that my Sweet Amelia Grace passed away, she was only 3 weeks old, and to add more emotional turmoil she passed away on her big sisters birthday. She was recovering from open heart surgery. It was such a traumatic experience, to walk into the hospital unit where she was and to witness 15-20 doc and nurses surrounding her, trying to save her. As the doctor was doing chest compressions, I held her hand and her daddy held her foot. Finally he just looked at us and said that she was gone. I begged him not to stop, that miracles can happen. Well we didn't get a miracle that day. Your poem is written exactly the way I feel. It's beautiful.

    Heather, Dubuc Saskatchewan Submitted Jul 2012
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  • This poem brought me to tears. My daughter Amelia, age 6 was killed when a car slammed into her while she was walking home from the park with her big sister October 21, 2011 she passed away Oct 24, 2011, 5 weeks shy of her 7th birthday. I sat with my daughter until she took her last struggling breath and held her in my arms to say goodbye. The hardest thing a parent does is say goodbye to her own baby.

    Michele, Hyattsville Md Submitted Sep 2012
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  • This is very Beautiful... I just recently lost my daughter... she passed away Aug 17th due to brain cancer (medulloblastoma) she was diagnosed at 14 months, they didn't give her much chance, but she pulled it together till she was 28 months old. she was here to teach us. Every time I asked her, you doing ok? She'd nod yes. till the say she went into a coma she always said she's ok.... I thank you for writing this.

    Joseph, Iowa Submitted Sep 2012
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  • I lost my daughter at 3 days old, this poem fits my emotions perfectly.

    Derek Submitted 8/26/2013
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  • Just read this poem on my daughters 2nd anniversary and posted on Facebook hope I'm not doing anything illegal.. It just described my feelings I had that day when I lost her in my arms couldn't have said it better myself thank you so much for sharing this poem. I'm finding it very hard to cope today.. Totally in tears ..

    Bradford, Uk Submitted 12/23/2013
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  • I lost my 20 year old daughter on 9 September 2013. She was doing computer science degree. She collapsed whilst reading her notes on the laptop and I could not believe it as she was lying on my lap in the car trying to rush her to the nearest hospital seeking quickest help. Unfortunately few minutes later we were called only to be told that she passed away. I was so pained that I cannot express it in words. Up to now tears never get dry finding it difficult to cope. May her soul rest in peace.

    Margaret, Zimbabwe Submitted 1/6/2014
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  • We sadly lost our little Girl on 17 Sept 2013 She was only 7 weeks old. She passed away of liver failure.. She had Tetralogy of Fallot (hole in the heart) undergone 2 open heart surgeries and Biliary atresia (bile ducts of liver had not developed correctly) had liver operation done also. There was no more they could do for our baby girl.. She was my first. My heart is broken in thousands of pieces since that day - I would give anything to hold her just one more time :(

    Jenny , South Africs Submitted 1/15/2014
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  • Thank you so much for sharing my poem - your stories have touched me deeply. God bless you until we can be with our children again one day.

    Tony Doiron, New Brunswick Submitted 1/29/2014
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  • I love this poem Handprint by Tony Doiron.

    This poem says it all about my daughter that I lost 12 days ago. She only lived for 8 days. She was loved and always will be remembered by my daughter and I and the numerous people that were always there......

    This poem captured my feelings.....

    Thank you Tony Doiron.

    Rowena , Georgetown Submitted 3/10/2014
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