Grandfather Death Poem

This is dedicated to my grandpa, who passed away June 1st, 2007. I miss him so much, and think about him everyday. I wasn't able to be back home with my mom, stepdad, younger brother, grandma and of course my grandpa, so I didn't get to say goodbye... his last words I heard him speak were "I need you", and it's been very hard for me. Thanks for taking the time to read this :)

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I read this at my Grandpa's funeral since I thought it was so beautiful! Thank you. It still touches me a month later

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© Amanda Dwyer

Published: Oct 2009

Grandpa, I Miss You

I know it hurt you
It hurt me too,
But now that you're gone
All I know is I miss you

You were there for so long,
I never thought you would leave.
I though you had another year
Waiting up your sleeve.

The day that you left
Was the saddest of my life.
I remember sitting at home
And crying all day and night.

I might be selfish
But I wish you were here.
Or if you stayed
For one more year.

I know you loved me
And I still love you too.
So I'm trying to be strong
Just for you.

I know I'm not perfect.
I know I'll never be.
I just hope you're up there
And that you're proud of me.

You had to let go
Even though you were holding on for so long
But there's not a day I don't think of you,
And how you were so strong.

I just want to tell you
That you're always in my heart.
Even though I still cry
I know we're not apart.

Thinking of you, Grandpa... ɛ

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  • by Brooke, USA
  • 7/23/2014

I read this at my Grandpa's funeral since I thought it was so beautiful! Thank you. It still touches me a month later

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  • by Christie
  • 6/28/2014

Reading your beautiful poem and all the comments above leave me in tears. I was 9 when my grandfather passed away due to heart attack. I cry for him day and night and hope to see him one day in heaven. It's been 5 years since he passed away. I thought that it was only me who has faced this pain in life and I know exactly how you all feel.

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  • by Inna, USA
  • 12/26/2013

My grandfather passed away last week. He raised me as his own. Was always there for me, guiding me, protecting me. When I heard the news, I was shocked, though it was expected. He was sick for a very long time, and was suffering for a while. Though I am happy that he is relieved of all his pain, It scares me so much that I am never going to hear him call out my name. IT scares me that I'll never hear him laugh, or talk, or just be. He was my father, my rock, my shield. He was the man, that was always there for me. I will miss him terribly, my dear, dear, Boboshinka. May you rest in peace, and be finally reunited with your loved ones on the other side. May you look out for those, who have stayed behind. I love you soo much, and will always, and forever.

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  • by Aadila
  • 12/12/2013

I miss my grandpa. He called me yesterday and when I answered he said," hello MY friend" it made me smile but made my heart break at the same rime. I don't live close to him and don't see him often. I know he doesn't have long to live and it just breaks my heart. I'm married so I stay with my husband. I miss my grandpa sooooooo much!! I'm crying. It's not the same. I just want to do something great for him but I don't even know what. I miss him. I love him.

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  • by Jacob
  • Aug 2013

It's a short poem but it basically described my situation, my grandfather was a smoker and for years he had very low levels of oxygen in the blood without us knowing. He continued on through the pain because he wanted to be around to see me and my sister graduate college but because of complications he will not be able to see my graduation, my sister had hers about a month before he passed away. I know it sounds selfish but I just want him back in my life again, he was the only person in my life that I could look up to, he basically raised me since birth. My parents divorced and I spent my childhood with him watching me and my sister, he was my father figure, he's the one who taught me all the basic things a parent would do such as toilet training, riding a bike, etc.
R.I.P. Rayue Jackson Rippeon, I will always remember and love you.

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  • by Anna, Canada
  • Jun 2013

I lost my grandpa on august 31, 2013, one of the saddest day of my life, we were not close but I cared a lot about him, I miss his voice, and his prayers for me. I am happy though that one day I'm going to die because I will get to meet all my loved ones and he will be the first, don't fear death, embrace death, it is the one and only predictable thing in our lives, DON'T FEAR IT, be happy that you are going to meet your loved ones.

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  • by Mia, NY
  • May 2013

My grandpa died exactly two weeks before my twin brother and I turned twelve. I miss him so much. My twin is very quiet and won't talk to me about his grief and that makes it's so hard to deal with. I cry every night because grandpa is gone. I feel alone even with another twelve year old going through the same thing. Grandpa I miss you so much. The family feels empty without you

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  • by Yoys
  • May 2013

I lost my grandad today. I heard about his death over the phone, while I am out of my home country. I didn't know what to do after I heard about his death and still I am depressed.

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  • by Hope Murphy, Idaho
  • Apr 2013

My grandpa died April 30th 2011. It will be two years the end of this month I still think of him and cry when things happen in my life that I can no longer share with him. I wasn't there when he passed I didn't get to say I love you or good bye I stayed with my grandma after and that was the hardest thing as I had to watch her cry and mourn over her husband of 60 years. He was the glue that held our family together. I've looked at a lot of poems but none have come as close to home as this one did...thank you.

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  • by Jenny, Ontario
  • Jan 2013

Hi,
This is weird, but my grandfather passed away June 1, 2007 as well. I was in Holland visiting his family, and he was here in Canada. We miss him very much every day, but know he is looking down on us. Good Poem, thanks for sharing

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  • by Jayne, Stockport
  • Jan 2013

My grandad just died he died on the 4th January 2013. He was with me everyday of my life telling stories, dancing on his feet, going ghost hunting in cemeteries late at night. I went to see him in hospital the morning he died my heart was left there with him to keep, for his journey to heaven. I loved him so much don't know how to let him go.

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  • by Celine Fingal, Aruba
  • Sep 2012

My grandpa died yesterday. I visited him at 6 pm, and I went home at 8.30. I was in bed on my phone when my mom came in and told me and my twin sister that our grandpa just died at 9:25 pm. We went back to the hospital and just seeing him so peaceful brought me joy. How relaxed he looked with no worries. I touched his hand it was cold and boney. I still can't believe he is gone. I'm just 13 years old.

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  • by Georgina, England
  • Jul 2012

A year ago tomorrow my Grandpa passed away. I was on holiday with my Dad at the time and a few weeks before I went on holiday my Nan got diagnosed with a hernia and my Grandpa had dementia and me and my mum could not look after him so we took him to A&E and the hospital said they had a bed for him and that was the last day I ever saw him. A few days into my holiday my brother got a phone call from my mum saying that he had had a heart attack but he was okay until a few days later when he died. My brother came in my room crying and sat with me and he told me that he had passed away. It was the worst day of my life because I couldn't go home to my mum to comfort her and it was just the worst feeling that I never got to say goodbye and to this day it has never been the same without him. Tomorrow it would have been a year since he went. I just want to thank everyone that help me and my family get through it.

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  • by Amy, Texas
  • Jun 2012

My PawPaw died 9 years ago, I was 6 when it happened and I miss him everyday! <3 It still seems like yesterday when my mom and dad told me, my brother, and sister that it happened. I'll never forget him or the mark he left on my family and this world. I love and miss you PawPaw... I'll see you again someday. I just know you're having a great time up there with Nannie and Ronald, I'll see you when I see you. Till then, I love you, and you're never far away when I need you. Rest In Peace PawPaw <3

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  • by Anna
  • May 2012

My grandpa just passed the 30 of April and my other grandpa passed away the 16 of January so it has been a hard year for me

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  • by Texas
  • Apr 2012

I was 14 years old and my pawpaw was 60 years old well last year he past away the day before my birthday which is May 9th and May is almost here and it will be one year it is so hard you know how people say it will get easier well for me it hasn't it has broke my heart everyday........ I still wish he was here fishing and hunting with me love you grandpa :(

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  • by Gloria, Malaysia
  • Apr 2012

My grandpa died when I was 12. He is my everything. I learn what is love from him. I didn't love my parents that hard, but my grandpa he is totally my world. All my dream and ambitions are related to him. He died because of stroke. I never thought he will leave me. It's feels like you lost your way in this world. I never talk to him. I love him too much still I can't talk to him. All I know is I love him so much. I regret that I never can tell him that I love him. Even whispering to his ears when he is there dead. I just cant tell him that. and today, I'm grown up as one who afraid to love and have no aim in this life. Because reason for my present is gone. grandpa, if you can listen to me. I just wanna say that I love you so much.

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  • by Ashish Kumar Nayak, Ranchi,Jharkhand
  • Mar 2012

My dadaji left us on 26th March 2010. Today more than 1 year has gone but his memories are still here. Dear dadaji, I know only one thing that there is no one like you... I love you very much. we all are missing you. please come again....

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  • by Shayra, Kansas City Missouri
  • Mar 2012

It has been a month since my grandfather past away. That day that he left I will never forget. I still dream about it like it was just yesterday. My grandfather was the most healthy person ever. But that hospital didn't do nothing for him and just let him die. When he passed away I was at school and my dad went to pick me up and gave me the notice right there in the hallways. I burst out crying at that moment I felt like my life was over. I have lost another important person in my life in a short amount of time. Right away when I left to Mexico I saw him at his grave for the last time. I will never forget that day and that feeling. But now I know that my Grandfather went to a better place but I just can't face the fact that he gone. I wish I could had give one more time. Abuelito I miss you so much wish you was still here with me 02092012 <3

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  • by Charlotte,United Kingdom
  • Feb 2012

I love this poem
My grandad passed away on the 14 January 2011 it was a year since he passed last month and it is still so hard. He died of cancer and I know all of you who know someone who died of cancer wishes that cancer would just die. My grandad was an amazing man he lived 3 doors away so I saw him everyday with my Nan but now all I see when I go there is an empty seat where he sat and a heartbroken woman crying inside that he would just come back to her. We visited his grave today and it is so hard to go there because I feel like crying everytime. His funeral was beautiful. At his funeral the song by Whitney Houston ''I will always love you came on'' and now that she died a couple of days ago that song keeps coming on but I can't listen to it. It too sad but much love for my grandad who I know is always watching us
love you forever xxxxxxxxx

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  • by Kaitlin, Augusta
  • Feb 2012

I loved this poem this poem is great and actually my grandad just past today at 5:30 this morning everyone is taking it so hard he wouldn't let go..cancer started the fight but pa finished it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • by Kendra, Indiana
  • Jan 2012

I love your poem. I lost my grandfather on June 15th, 2007, really close to when you lost yours. He had fought cancer for 15 years. Since around the time I was born. He was like a father to me and it is so hard to go on without him. He was my rock and I had the illusion that rocks don't move. I have been thinking about him quite a lot the last few days and then I came across your poem. It feels as if you pulled it straight from my heart. Thank you as it really has made me feel just a bit better!!

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  • by Holly Barkel, England
  • Jan 2012

My grandad was like a father to me, when he passed away I felt like apart of me was missing, and nothing and no one could or can change that. It's almost been a year this he passed away and it still hurts so much, all I can thing about his him 24/7 and sometimes cry myself to sleep. I would anything to see him again or hear his voice again and most of all I WOULD DO ANYTHING JUST TO HAVE HIM BACK WITH HIS FAMILY.

Miss you lodas

Love you millions grandad

R.I.P Grandad xxxxxxxxxx

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  • by Savannah, Iowa
  • Jan 2012

Ok. I am almost 17 years old but last May my grandpa was admitted into the hospital to get his bladder removed. He was 83 years old. Amazing man. I came into this world in 1995 and at the time I was in the hospital he was too. The doctors told everyone that he wouldn't make it through the night. The day that I was supposed to leave my grandpa was in a coma. Everyone was there. Mom wanted a picture of me with my grandpa and I. So they laid me in the bed with him and we took one. It was maybe 3 minutes and my grandpa started opening his eyes. His first words were "is this my great granddaughter?" (of course I had to hear that from everyone else) after that we had a bond that no one else had. He went through 16 wonderful years getting to meet 20+ more great grandparents. He went through 4 painful months in a hospital then a hospice. He finally passed August 3, 2010. I will never forget him<3

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  • by Caitlin Mccotter
  • Dec 2011

I was 10 my grandad got cancer .I was the only grandchild that he didn't want knowing .I don't know why. Soon lots of weeks and days past he started losing his hair. I stared asking my mummy why he was bald, my mummy told me that my grandad got cancer. I cried and cried then I ran down to his house as he only lived down the street. I asked him was it true he told me yes. I could not believe what I was hearing. Then 1 month past he had passed away in hospital. I cried the funnel was so sad. I had to say things in the microphone while walking down I fell on my knees crying . today he is 6 MONTHS DIED AND I MISS HIM SO MUCH

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  • by Beth, Connecticut
  • Dec 2011

My grandpa isn't gone yet, but I'm trying to prepare myself for it. He was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, more commonly known as kidney cancer, and they don't know his prognosis. I didn't meet him until I was 7, as he lived in Florida with my step-grandma, but I was very strongly attached as soon as I met him. He's a huge teddy bear and the sweetest person that ever lived. I never knew my other grandfather, so I've always been very close to this one. All I've been able to do since I found out is cry, and I don't know what I'll ever do without him :'(

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  • by Vanessa
  • Dec 2011

When I read this poem, tears run down my face.
I see I am not alone feeling this way.
Your words are so inspirational, I know exactly how you feel.

Thank you so much for sharing.

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  • by Justice Lewis,Foley Alabama
  • Sep 2011

My grandfather died a few days ago. He was a good husband, father and grandfather. We all miss you and love you so very much, you will always be in our hearts, and WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • by Rwer
  • Sep 2011

My grandpa passed away on 29 April 2010. I loved him very dearly and this poem has touched my heart. He died from cancer and we did not meet 1 month as he was in hospital. He loved me very dearly.
COME BACK GRANDPA.
I AM 11 YEARS OLD

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  • by Anubhooti
  • Jul 2011

my nanu was everything for me.
he was my best friend
my cartoon partner
we used to sit together while eating .
he always tried to protect me
he died last month
I missed him so much
and I will always love him deeply

love you nanu:-*

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  • by Rebecca
  • Jul 2011

I was 9 months old when my papa died. I'm 13 now. I never knew him but I so wish I could. People say you don't miss what you never knew, but I believe that's wrong. I never knew my papa but I miss him so much. Every fathers day I spend a few minutes thinking about him. I wish he could meet me and we could get to know each other. I hope someday we will meet and I can meet him for the first time. God bless you papa, your always in my heart. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  • by Sara
  • Jun 2011

My grandfather passed away 6 years ago now. He was my rock, my best friend and he was like my dad. I miss him so much, and I don't go a day without thinking about him. I know he's looking down on me right now xx

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  • by Hannah, East Peoria
  • May 2011

My grandfather was the best person that anyone could have asked for. He was there for me through everything. He was like a father to me. When he passed away I didn't know what I was to do. I'm 13 years old and still missing him to this day. I'd rather have the lord take me than him. My family is still a family..but without him we aren't a real family. I love my grandpa with all my heart. I know he is still here with me every single day..in my heart.

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  • by Amanda, Indiana
  • May 2011

My grandpa Nate died in August of 2010, this was very hard for me to deal with and I still think about him everyday. I think the hardest thing for me was that I watched him take his last breath. I will never forget that moment. A lot of people did not like my grandpa they said he was stubborn and mean but I seen in him what my grandma seen in him his kind loving and playful heart. I miss him so much and I would do anything for him to be here with us again. I love and miss you grandpa Nate.

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  • by Rhea
  • Apr 2011

My Lolo passed away yesterday and it is very difficult for me since he's back in my home country. I'm trying to be strong but I can't find the strength to do it. I thank you for making this poem and sharing it because I really hoped he would still have another year so I could come home and be with him but he's gone now and I can't do anything about it. Again, I thank you for sharing your poem.

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  • by Mollie, England
  • Apr 2011

My grandad was the best man in my life I saw him everyday and he was like my father. He died in 2009 when I was 9 and it broke my heart this poem describes how I feel so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • by Starlyn, Alabama
  • Mar 2011

I just lost my pawpaw yesterday and its hard. I feel like my heart was actually ripping in two. but I hope it'll get better one day.

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  • by Ana
  • Feb 2011

My grandpa died a week ago. I still can't believe he's gone, he was my best friend, my sunshine, my everything. He was the only person that I could talk to. Now that he's gone I feel like I'm all alone, like I have nobody else. But I still feel him near me, I believe that he's with me wherever I go, and I believe that one day we'll be together again.
I love you grandpa! <3

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  • by Dalton M
  • Jan 2011

I'm 17 years old and my Grandpa was a father and a best friend to me. I would spend summers working with him in his garden. he was in the military and so he always told me stories, I designed a tat that was about his stories. He then got sick and was on oxygen for 2 years, it was hard to watch but I loved him. he died and I read this poem. so much of it stood out and touched me. I added the verse
"I know I'm not perfect.
I know I'll never be.
I just hope you're up there
And that you're proud of me."
and got the tattoo. I love it and love telling people about how amazing my grandpa was whenever they see it. He may be gone but he will always be with me.

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  • by Katie, K.
  • Sep 2010

My grandpa died in January this year. Losing him was the worst day of my life. Even though it's been 8 months, I still cry. I miss him dearly, but I know he's looking down at me and he's proud of me. Great poem.

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  • by Hayley Poole
  • Aug 2010

My grandad was my very best friend when he passed away I thought my whole world had fell apart even years later it still hurts and I still miss him but I'm doing things and know he is with me still and will be so proud of me.
lovely poem

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