Grandfather Death Poem

This is a poem dedicated to my grandpa who battled cancer and lost. Thomas Robert Reynolds died on 5/4/08 May 4th 2008. He died in his sleep and I never got to tell him I love him....RIP love you grandpa

I Never Got To...

© Emilee Reynolds
I never got to give you a hug
before an angel took your hand and gave you a tug

I never got to give you a kiss
before you made your final wish

I never got to tell you I love you
before you disappeared into the sky so blue

I never got to tell you Goodbye
before you got your wings and learned to fly

all these things I wish I did whether by choice or fate
I was too late...

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Published: Feb 2010

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  • Hey, I know how you feel I'm still not over my grandfather death and he been gone for like 5 years now. I was in school when my grandfather died. I didn't have the chance to say bye to him and to tell him that I love him and its hard for me to think of him. Me and my grandfather were soo close. He was my hero, my bestfriend. Just stay strong and keep your head up and know that he's watching down on you keeping you safe :)

    Marcie, Baltimore Maryland Submitted Feb 2010
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  • Wow, I understand where you are comming from. This is a very good poem, I think. My Grandpa passed away when I was out at my nephew's birthday party, and me and my parents, and my 2 sisters, were there when my dad got the call that my mom's dad passed away. We were always close, and we knew that the time was comming, but that doesn't stun the shock and everything that goes through your mind when you learn that your grandpa passed away. My dad had to drive 2 hours to tell my brother before someone else did. My mom, and one of my sisters, drove 2 hours to the hospital to be with the rest of the family. My other sister didn't get a chance to be with the whole family. Our family was close before, but that day, our family was closer than ever. I am never going to be able let go, I love my grandpa so much, and miss him so much.

    Kaitlyn, Mb Submitted Oct 2010
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  • I just lost my grandfather nine days ago. My parents moved us over 1,000 miles from the rest of my family when I was a child and as an adult could not afford to travel back. I had only seen him twice in the last 15 years. This poem is exactly how I feel.

    Melissa, FL Submitted Dec 2010
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  • My grandpa died the 15th and it's been very hard. I am 13 and I knew I couldn't go to the house to see him because I would be to sad :( and now I wish I could of done that. I really wasn't close to him because it was my moms boyfriends dad. I take him as my papa because I love him like my papa. and this poem really umm.... says what I really could or should of done

    Mikayla, Peshtigo Submitted Jan 2012
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  • I am 4500 miles away from my family and cannot attend my grandfathers funeral on Monday. I hadn't seen him since January and this poem is exactly how I feel.

    Jess Submitted Apr 2012
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  • The same thing happened with my grandfather. He was diagnosed with cancer in the pancreas February, 1, 2012.I remember crying soo much that day. We were super close. He taught me to walk and went everywhere with me. He would go to the hospital a lot and come back fast. The nurses never tried to helped. We watched him suffer for a long time at home. It hurt. A lot.In an oxygen tank day and night. He couldn't talk. February 21, 2012 was a life-changing day. I remember getting home that day. A hospital ambulance was there. They loaded my grandpa and I told them to take very good care of him. He was going to a senior hospital for 3 weeks to be cured. That night, 7:00, we got a heart-stabbing phone call. My grandpa had died. I felt my life flash in my eyes. He was gone. I cried so much. We were invited to see him. We arrived at 8:00pm and I remember walking into the room. I was drowning in tears. The doctor patted my back and said "sorry for your loss." I remember softly saying "me too" and walking to my grandpa. I soothed him and kissed him a lot. I miss him to this day. I'll never get over him. I pray every night. I love him so much. My 13th birthday is in 4 days. It rips to know he won't be here, other than my heart. I LOVE YOU SOO MUCH GRANDPA. ...RIP...

    Salma Flores,Los Angeles Submitted May 2012
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  • My Grandpa died on 10-13-2010 at the age of 87. He had Alzheimer's disease and the last words he said to me was...... pretty pretty girl and he gave me a kiss. I remember the phone call a few nights later I was up in my room coloring a picture for him and the rest of my sibling were sleeping plus my dad. I heard my mom start to cry a littlie because she was on the computer then she came upstairs and told my dad what was going on.

    Amy, Fort Wayne USA Submitted Jul 2012
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  • My grandfather, was in a nursing home when he died. When I was really young like 6, he got dementia. So I never remember him without it. My dad went once a week to feed him and so did some of his siblings. When he got really bad with a second illness, we all knew this was it, that he was going to die. I was going to go see him with the rest of the family but I just couldn't go, I was going be in tears the whole time. The last time I saw him was about 3 or 4 years before his death and I am kicking myself that I didn't go. That's why the poem applies to me, I never got to say goodbye, never got that final hug, never got the final kiss. Thank you to Emilee, the author of this poem

    Alice, Australia Submitted Sep 2012
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  • I was 2 years old when my grandpa died so that means I never have a chance to say I love you and a chance to say goodbye.. I cry everyday. I just wish I can see him

    Scherrie, Beaumont, Tx Submitted Oct 2012
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  • My grandpa passed away when I was at home. But I live in WI and he was in Florida. My dad was there, but I never got to say goodbye. I really miss him. I cry almost everyday.

    Katie, Wi Submitted Mar 2013
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  • I was 11 years old and when my granddad passed away. We were out in London that day and my dad and brother were with him. We were going to get wedding dresses and had chosen them and arrived home at 10:30pm. I went straight over my friends house, because they all knew he had died but did't tell my sister and I. When I came home I saw his bed was down and his room was emptied but I was crying and I went back over my friends house. Megan and I cried and slept at her auntie. I never got to say good bye. I miss you granddad. xxxx

    Shanice Submitted 6/16/2013
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  • My grandfather died 25 years ago today. Father died before I was born. My grandfather took me everywhere and did everything with me. Got me in to sports and showed me how to cook. He died too quick and I never got to say good bye. I still carry the things he taught me. I was 9 years old then and I miss him more and more each day.

    Bob Submitted 8/11/2013
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  • My grandpa meant so much to me. He Would take me to tutoring and help me with my homework every summer. We had this unspoken bond between us. He would always get my favorite foods. He made the best chicken pot pie. I miss him dearly. He got up to turn up the TV sat down and then he died. It was his birthday God called him home. No time to say goodbye. He would have been 91 today. He went to heaven August 13, 1991.
    I miss him so much!

    Tammy, Greensboro, NC Submitted 8/13/2013
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  • I was on a bus back from a school trip when my grandpa died. I found out as I walked into the hospital that he had already been gone an hour. Nine months later I cry everyday and regret not going into his room to see him. We were very close. I definitely know how it feels to not say goodbye to someone you love.

    Kennedy, Phoenix Submitted 12/12/2013
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