Sister Death Poem

Poem About Losing A Sister To Addiction

Three years ago, my sister passed away due to an accidental drug overdose. Growing up only thirteen months apart, we were pretty much inseparable throughout most of our lives. Writing poetry is one small thing that has helped me deal with the death of my little sister.

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Alice, God gives us strength to endure. I, too, lost a sister a little over a year ago, and the pain is indescribable. Daily I struggle not to reach for the phone. I fight back tears more...

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Broken Promises


Published by Family Friend Poems March 2016 with permission of the author.

So many questions running through my mind, 
I am suddenly unable to speak.
I hear your voice on the other end,
Your cries turn into shrieks.

This moment I will forever remember,
It is a scar upon my soul.
I am more sure about this than I have ever been,
My heart will never be whole.

So many questions running through my mind,
The pain stabs at my chest.
Tears colliding with one another,
How will I survive this test?

Stricken with an unbearable weight,
A feeling of emptiness echoes inside.
The two compete for control of my body,
Moving in and out like the tide.

So many questions running through my mind,
When will I awake from this dream?
I hear your voice on the other end,
Your cries turn into a scream.

She's gone, she's gone, I hear you say,
And yet I don't comprehend. 
To bear the thought of my little sister
Being someone I will never see again.

So many questions running through my mind,
But at the same time my thoughts disappear.
Taken away by the demons of addiction,
The one thing she promised to never fear.

As my anger fades and reality sets in,
While the darkness moves in on the light,
Tattered on the ground are the broken promises
Of the loved ones we've lost to this fight.


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  • Ivy by Ivy
  • 5 years ago

I lost my sister a week ago to a meth overdose. I cry every day because I miss her so much.

  • Neo by Neo
  • 6 years ago

I lost my Sister almost three years ago, though it feels like yesterday. I left home on a Sunday to go to work. On that day my Sister had a headache, something we all suffer from, from time to time, but little did I know that on my way back home I was gonna find my sister dead. My Mom called me while I was 370km away from home to give me the news. What hurt more was the fact that my Sister passed away leaving her two year old daughter behind. Something that had never happened before in our Family. I could not understand why would my Niece be motherless at 2 when I still had my Mom at 23 and my Mother still had her Mom at 49, and my GrandMother still had her Mom at 79. Today I have accepeted that I will never come to terms with my Sisters passing.

  • Alice M Rivera by Alice M Rivera
  • 6 years ago

I struggle every day and just the site of a bird or a butterfly makes me cry. I lost my sister on Feb 1st 2016 to complications related to liver disease brought on by an addiction we never knew she had. That was her secret till she died. Doctors told us "she's in adult respiratory distress" and slowly dying. She was a diabetic and a bilateral amputee from a car accident at the age of 24. She was everyone's shoulder to cry on. Lord knows she was mine when I had dark days. I struggle to forgive myself for the dark days she endured and my shoulders were not free for her. How she suffered her whole life with tragedy after tragedy. We tried to give her advice and comfort but her depression was stronger than us. She wallowed in her sorrow until God came for her. We were not ready and so we struggle every day. I weep for my mom and her daughter who are not dealing well. I must be strong, my husband says. But who will be strong for me? My strength is gone to heaven to watch over me.

  • Erma by Erma
  • 5 years ago

Alice, God gives us strength to endure. I, too, lost a sister a little over a year ago, and the pain is indescribable. Daily I struggle not to reach for the phone. I fight back tears more often than not. She was the middle child and the rock for everyone. It is hard, but I know that with time, I am learning how to cope. It's only been a year for me as well, and yes, most days seem like it was yesterday. I too feel like my sis is watching over me as well. I draw strength knowing that she is probably fussing telling me to "get it together" lol. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Erin Wheaton by Erin Wheaton
  • 6 years ago

My only sister passed away this Easter, 3/27/2016 from her battle with addiction. Reading these beautiful poems are helping me cope. Thank you!

  • Barbara A Parker by Barbara A Parker
  • 6 years ago

I just lost my beloved baby sister on Easter Sunday of this year 2016. For many years she just couldn't cope with the death our mother in 2008. My sister started turning toward alcohol and working non stop. Eventually the alcohol took control over her lifestyle and addiction was her major problem. She was a very outgoing person loved to travel and was the life of a party. Now she's gone it was a long suffering journey. Rest in peace my beloved sister.

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