Grief Poems

Poems about Death and Grief

A family is like a body. When a family loses a loved one, it is as if they have lost one of their limbs. The contribution that was made by the family member that was lost can never be replaced. That person is gone. What that person has brought to the family is gone. Is it important for the family to take time to grieve for this loss. Doing so is a matter of respect for the relative that has passed. It is also a step that the family must take to acknowledge its loss. If we do not take the time to honor the lost relative, it is as if we are saying that they didn't matter to us.

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Lung Cancer Poem, Missing Mama

I awake each morning to start a new day
But the pain of loosing you never goes away.
I go about the things I have to do
And as the hours pass I think again of you.
I want to call you and …

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Where do I start? Missing my mom. My heart aches, everyday. My mom died 11/4/13 to ovarian cancer. My brother, next to me was in another hospital, five minutes apart from each other. He didn't get to …

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  • by Colleen Ranney
  • Published: 1/11/2012
Poem For Parent Who Has Lost A Child, Sometimes

Sometimes I catch a glimpse,
In softened waves of blue
My child, my heart …when I see a smile
I can't help but think of you

Sometimes these waves fill oceans.
And feelings string …

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It's been 25 years since my precious baby Brandon left this earth. Not a day goes by that I do not think of him. I love this poem, thank you for these words as I well up with tears. I miss him so …

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One Year Less

There is no word, no label, no identifying moniker,
I am not a widow, not an orphan, not childless,
But one child less.
One less open laugh and little boy giggle,
One less challenging …

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Seasons Of Grief

Shall I wither and fall like an autumn leaf,
From this deep sorrow - from this painful grief?
How can I go on or find a way to be strong?
Will I ever again enjoy life's sweet …

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Where do I start? I knew my husband was a good man when I picked him up for the first time at his mother's house. Here was a man helping her with house work. I sat there while he finished and said …

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  • by Debbie
  • Published: 3/14/2010
This Basket Of Burdens

My Basket of burdens
Is filled with the grief of my loss
It is so heavy to carry
Although this road I must cross.

This pathway through life
Feels unbearable at times
And I …

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My sister passed away 5 years ago and I miss her every day, in the beginning the pain was unbearable, but in time the load got a little less, I was able to live with the pain. I will miss her every …

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  • by Mark Rickerby
  • Published: 8/29/2008
How We Survive

If we are fortunate,
we are given a warning.

If not,
there is only the sudden horror,
the wrench of being torn apart;
of being reminded
that nothing is permanent,
not even …

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I am glad there are others in this world who have the talent of being able to put emotions into words. Thank you for sharing your talent. I was grabbed at the expression of sudden horror. I hadn't …

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  • by Karina Herrera
  • Published: 11/15/2010
My Sorrow

Life is dead without you.
Feel an empty hole inside.
Can't be me with you not near.
With a frown I cry.

Tears run down my face.
Needles go through my …

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Wow, this is amazing. You should always write poems..if you cant yell and feel like you have to keep it inside. I know how it feels to loose someone like that. I lost my brother, around a year ago …

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  • by Theola
  • Published: 12/5/2007
I'm So Alone After Mom Died

I'm so alone, it's so dark…..
When is the sun going to shine again?

The sky is dark, my world is grey….
When are the flowers going to bloom and make this hurt go away?

My mommy …

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Theola, and all who visit here, My Mom died when I was 12. I'm 49 now and your words, and poem here, are touching as it touched my heart and soul explaining how I felt and still do at times today. …

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  • by Moneisha S. Madden
  • Published: 2/15/2006
A Lost Family Tree

Sometimes I crawl
Into my skin
To lose myself
From the world
Disconnect myself from my family tree
Searching the mean streets
For a mother's intuition
Going home to a …

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wow I can't believe this is still up here I wrote this many years ago. I'm so glad that my words continue to touch people. Thanks for all the comments and support. More poems coming soon.

  • by Carolynn F
  • Published: 5/30/2013
Grieving For A Loved One

I shed a tear, I feel quite numb
another loss, thoughts of a dearly beloved one
they say "time heals", give it a while
remember all the happy times and smiles
and for a while it's true, I …

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