Dying Poem

I wrote this when my father passed away after being ill for a long time. It reflects all the emotions I went through as I sat at his bedside and held his hand as he passed away.

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It's Ok To Go

© Lori Daoust

Published on April 2012

You were sick and tired and we all knew,
that God would soon come to take you.
You fought so hard, so very long,
but through the pain, you stayed strong.

We all knew there would come a day,
when God would come to carry you away.
It doesn't make it easier to say goodbye,
and I try so hard not to cry.

I can't help but feel defeated,
or even maybe a little cheated.
But how very selfish would I be,
to hope and pray you could stay with me.

So as you laid there tubes running to and fro,
I had to tell you "It's ok to go".
Say "Hi" to loved ones waiting on the other side.
I know some day; you'll be there when I take that ride.

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  • by Jez
  • 6 months ago

Thank you - you have put into words what we could not. My 6 year old son read this and turned around and said "this is what happened to Grandma isn't it daddy?"

  • by Lori Daoust, Minnesota Poet
  • 3 months ago

Thank you for sharing your story. My daughter was almost 6 when my father passed and I was also 5 months pregnant with my son and felt that it was so unfair to them. It is always harder for them to understand so it makes me smile to know that my poem has helped your little one cope and understand.

  • by Christy-lynn, Brooklyn, NY
  • 8 months ago

As I sit here in hospice with my aunt, I am so touched by this poem. It makes me feel at ease at letting her go. She was a great part of my family....she raised me and now as an adult she has raised my kids as well...for many years she has been sick holding on to life..and it hurts to see her this way...with this poem I can let her go in peace so that she no longer suffers..thank you

  • by Lori Daoust, Minnesota Poet
  • 3 months ago

Thank you for sharing your story. It shows true love when we do what we can to release them from holding on to us. When it hurts more to see them struggling, to hang on to the thought of them leaving we, have to give them to God.

  • by Teresa Royce
  • 1 year ago

I recently lost my husband after a hard fought battle with cancer to try to stay with me. I knew he was fighting just for me and was relieved the day he told me he would do NO MORE CHEMO. I thanked him for thinking of himself and we discussed the rest of my life without him. Even in his last hours when he could no longer speak I could see his love for me in his eyes and his struggle to leave me. The hurt I feel now is nothing compared to the decision that he made. I brought him home to our fur babies and held his hand till the end. This poem is a wonderful expression of what I feel.

  • by Lori Daoust, Minnesota Poet
  • 11 months ago

Thank you Teresa. It means a lot to know my poem has touched your heart and brought you some comfort. Saying goodbye to a loved one is very hard but telling that loved one that it is ok to stop fighting and that it is ok to leave us is excruciatingly painful. You are an amazing woman and wife and your selflessness is beautiful. God bless you.

  • by Karen Buckley
  • 3 years ago

My father a great man a proud man sadly passed away 3rd march after only being sick for 23 days. I just didn't know how to deal with it but reading the poems has helped me a lot thank you xxx

  • by Lori Daoust, Minnesota Poet
  • 11 months ago

You are very welcome. I know losing a parent is very hard and we are never prepared for such a loss. I miss him still.

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