Son Death Poem

My 26 year old son died from injuries from an auto accident and as an organ donor. The organ donor bracelets phrase, "Life Goes On" inspired me to write this on the 3rd anniversary of his death.

Life Goes On

© Cheryl Mcdonald
It's true what they say, when a child is born,
a mother's heart is no longer her own,
It runs and skips and giggles and grins,
And crawls in her lap, for a kiss on the chin,
But where goes her heart, when that child is gone,
Is it true what they say, that life goes on.

A thousand ninety-five days & the clock still ticks,
3 whole years, the months - 36,
Does the passage of time mean it should make sense,
Can loss be measured in time increments.
As I yearn for the day when I'll again see my son,
Is it true what they say, that life goes on.

I still breathe in and out and arise every day,
And work, and struggle, and yes, even play,
Things will get better, I've been told many times,
But "different" is the status for those left behind,
Time can't heal all wounds nor break all bonds,
Can it be true what they say, that life goes on.

In the air and wind, I feel your strong embrace,
And your kisses from butterflies that land on my face,
I see your smile in the beams of the sun,
The twinkle of your eyes now shines in Eden,
And I hear your laugh in the lyrics of song,
Is it possibly true, that life goes on.

It's strange to think that your heart still beats,
Inside some stranger, whom I'll never meet,
Does he know he carries a heart of gold,
From my sweet boy, who will never grow old,
So many lives saved by your own,
Yes - it's true what they say, that life goes on.


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Published: Aug 2010

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  • Cheryl-
    Thank you for writing this poem. My 23 year old son was murdered 51 days ago. Yesterday a cross was erected for him in Our Garden of Angels in Texas. I read your poem during the dedication. We donated his organs as he was pronounced brain dead. He would've wanted that and to me that's the only good thing that can come out of this. Your poem was beautiful and appropriate. God blessed you with a gift for writing.

    Kim Segale, Texas Submitted Sep 2010

  • This is appreciable to comfort the sad people with speaking word full of emotions. I had been teacher in one of the school in Kashmir Pakistan when terrifying earthquake 2005 took the lives of many innocents. I remembers the grief of a mother for her only son. her tears and emotions full of grief memorized the immortal love for her son, she felt that all her dreams scattered after the death of her son and she was feeling lonely. her condition was just like the leaves of autumn, the wind teases them to hear their grief.

    Waqas Ahmed Submitted Jan 2011

  • Cheryl:
    thank you for the lovely poem I have so many thoughts and words I'd like to express however when I start to write the tears begin to flow, the pain of losing my son still huts. He too was an organ donor. Your poem is just what I needed.
    Thank You

    Pam Mcmillian Submitted Feb 2011

  • My nephew was 19 years old & murdered on 5/18/2012 the day of his graduation. I came across this poem the day before his funeral. When I read it tears just poured down my face. I guess what they say is true God has a way of talking through you through other people. Thank you for your poem I will be reading this tomorrow at his funeral. God Bless & my prayers are with everyone who has lost someone close.

    Erica Jones Submitted May 2012

  • What a beautiful poem. I lost my 20 year old son on New Years Day 2011. His daughter was 10 days old when he passed. We donated his organs. I received 3 letters from his recipients, and there was one that was very special and I hold very dear to my heart. This poem made me feel the same as that letter. Thank you so much for sharing. May God bless and comfort you!!

    Missy Guynn, Florida Submitted Nov 2012

  • I lost my son Adam Michael Mitchell, 08/08/2010. He had a tragic accident that left me to watch my son die, the pain is just unbearable, the horrible way in which he died. He was an amazing 19 year old lad, he was so caring and such a lovely person, everyone loved Adam and not one person had a bad word towards him, He was a funny character and could light up a empty room he just shone so brightly and its not fair that he was taken from me. I miss him more with every passing day but I know one day I will be with him again and that is a day I now live for and look forward to.

    Paula Mitchell Submitted Apr 2013

  • Cheryl, I found this poem as I was looking for something to give me some peace about my sons death which will be 3 years this Saturday. I also donated his organs and your poem was exactly what I was feeling and wanting to say. You can contact me if you'd like. Us moms who have similar situations could always use another ear and voice who understands what we've been through. Thank you and God Bless!!!

    Brandi, Gonzales, La Submitted 5/2/2013

  • Our Precious 18 year old daughter Krizia Lauren Keiser passed away June 6, 2013 one week shy of her 19th birthday. She died of a massive aneurysm, she was an organ donor and was able to gift her pancreas, liver, lungs and kidney and tissue. Krizia was a lovely and charismatic teen who shared loved with all of those she met...she was sweet and caring and loved all animals.
    Our baby girl is gone to heaven but has saved 4 lives and with this her legacy will live on.

    Martha Keiser, Laredo Texas Submitted 6/29/2013

  • I lost my eldest son in a vehicular accident and although it's been 12 months, it still seems like yesterday. Time hasn't healed me...prayer sustains me yet his absence kills me each second of the day. Your poem is all there goes on..

    Madeline, Canada Submitted 8/8/2013

  • I lost my 21 year old son to suicide on 19/1/2013. It is so hard to comprehend. Thank you for sharing these words.

    Heather Submitted 1/24/2014

  • Thank you so much for your poem from all us Mothers who has lost a child. My Son was 32 when he passed away on Christmas Eve 2009. I have written a poem on here as well, called Dance again. Life does go on, doesn't it? But life will never be the same, will it?

    Lisa Hart Submitted 3/27/2014

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