Son Death Poem

Death Of Only Child Poem

I lost my only child at the age of 27 years. I could be bitter and even though I'm very sad, I thank God for giving me those 27 years with such a wonderful son.

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My 32-year-old son, my only child, was killed in a motorcycle accident 7 months ago. As sad as I am to find myself without him for the rest of my life, I am greateful that he had a chance to...

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Published by Family Friend Poems March 2008 with permission of the author.

I know that my son has passed away
But I will love him until my dying day.
So please listen to my memories every now and then.
Family and friends, please allow me to talk about Kenn.

His hair was brown, his eyes were blue.
He never left without saying I love you.
He never caused us any pain,
With his life we had everything to gain.

We gained from him even in death.
He brought us to God and there is no greater wealth.
Yes, for our son there could be no other.
I thank God for choosing me to be his Mother.


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  • 2 years ago

My 32-year-old son, my only child, was killed in a motorcycle accident 7 months ago. As sad as I am to find myself without him for the rest of my life, I am greateful that he had a chance to live a full life. He had a loving heart and was a wonderful son, a loving father, a loyal friend and a joy to all who met him. We will all remember his time here.

  • AveryRobertson by AveryRobertson
  • 4 years ago

I so relate with you as my son died from asthma. First responders said his inhaler was next to his hand but he had let it go empty. It's so unbelievable that you cannot wrap your mind and soul around it. Many blessings to you all, and remember, faith will help.

  • Nosipho Jobela by Nosipho Jobela
  • 3 years ago

Dear Avery, I am so sorry for your loss. Believe me, I understand your pain, as I also lost my daughter the same way as your son. I still cannot believe what happened, and I guess I will feel this way until the day I see her again. Faith is what I'm holding onto.

  • Angie D. Dooley by Angie D. Dooley
  • 6 years ago

My only child, my son Christopher Allen Thomas was ran over by a truck and killed on July 11, 2015 (15 days before his 25th birthday). He was walking on a dark highway trying to get a ride. He has been in Heaven 8 months today. I miss him more and more each day.

Missing my son deeply,
Angie D. Dooley

  • Barbara Yates by Barbara Yates
  • 5 years ago

My daughter died 18 weeks ago. She was 22 and my only child. How have you gone on 8 months? Every day it is harder for me.

  • Edwina Wright by Edwina Wright, Augusta Ga
  • 8 years ago

My son, Darius was killed on November 5, 2013. He was hit by a car less than a mile from our home. He was 19 years old. The trauma of losing him so suddenly has been very hard for me and his brothers. There have been days that I just didn't want to get out of bed. But God! He shows me Darius in the birds and the trees, which brings me comfort.
Thank you for allowing me to share my story.

  • Loise by Loise, Iowa
  • 7 years ago

Hi My name is Loise and my son Aaron was shot and killed five blocks away from our home on Sept.7 2015. He died in surgery Sept 8. My heart won't ever be the same. He was only 15 years old...The only thing keeping me sane is knowing he's with God and I will one day see him again...

  • Ericha Woods by Ericha Woods
  • 8 years ago

My son Matthew Allan Best left this world on July 17 2008, when he left he took my life with him. I would not stay here except I don't want my 83 year old mother to feel the pain I'm living. I know she would mourn me as I do my son. He was 23 and my only child. I can find no joy in this world. My life is a book that has stopped in the middle. It just continues with no ending day after miserable day. I have a wonderful husband and I make his life as miserable as mine. Why he stays, I guess because he loves me. But how I don't know. I no longer love myself. I hate my life and this world more every day. I don't want it to be this way but feel I have no choice. People say "Matt wouldn't want this for you" well it doesn't matter cause Matthew is dead and he would want to live, So what does it matter what he wants? I came here looking for a poem to describe the pain I'm in. I have no God to talk and pray to and don't believe there is such a thing. I do believe in reincarnation and sometimes I can ease the pain with that thought. Thanks for listening.

  • Carolyn Bennett by Carolyn Bennett
  • 5 years ago

I lost my son Jason 7-27-17 at 3:54 am. He was 32. He was my only child. I know your pain. I too don't have a god to pray to as I don't believe in God, heaven or hell. I think there may be something after death, but I'm not sure. I feel empty. I feel like I'm floating, unanchored to anything or anyone. I can tell you I would prefer to have someone with me during this unending horror story. I have no one to give me a hug when I need one. I get severe Seasonal Affective Disorder & can't be where there isn't plenty of sun year around. My family lives in Illinois. I live in Colorado, but I work in California. I want to go back to Colorado permanently where I have other family members. My issue is the housing is so expensive. I couldn't afford a safe, clean place to live. I've tried to find work in my field in Colorado but haven't had any luck. That's why I work in California. I feel stuck and alone! I wish you the best. You are not alone in your pain!

  • Avril Buttress by Avril Buttress
  • 6 years ago

Dear Ericha,
I serve the living God, I speak to him my troubles, my burdens, those who treats me bad etc, I give it all to Jesus. He comforts me, strengthens me, protects me and he can do the same for you.
Just give him a try, what can you loose. Call out his name, Jesus and he will answer you.

  • Vicky Sever by Vicky Sever, CA
  • 7 years ago

My only son was killed by a truck who struck him while he was walking on a hwy to get to the nearest off ramp. That was November, 17, 2015. He was 30. I ask God everyday why. Why my only son. He was all I have. My heart is broken and cry every night that I will no longer hear his voice, read his text messages or see his face. Reading that I will have a new normal is so heartbreaking for me. Does this mean I will live with this sorrow until the day we reunite? I try to find comfort in little things like clouds, rainbows, a breeze or a bird that flys and lands next to me. I will never be the fun loving person I once was. My soul is broken.

  • Celeste Brown by Celeste Brown
  • 7 years ago

My daughter, Sarah Celeste Brown, passed on May 24, 2015. The pain of this is so raw, it feels like an open wound. Since her death, I find one of the best comforts is my husband. He is suffering the same pain as I. If I may, I advise that you keep your marriage strong, emotionally, spiritually, romantically and physically. Your love for each other produced your love for your son. Eternal Love knows no time or space. Your love for your child will pierce the veil. If you are open to it, you may find that your son can help with your grief. There are secular support groups that you might attend. Other bereaved parents can help you navigate these stormy tides. I am guessing that you have already seen a doctor regarding being depressed. If not, you might consider it. Raising your serotonin levels might help you find the will to seek other help. I understand that if you had a choice, you would choose to have your son. But plan A is not available. In honor of your son, Plan B is now on deck.

  • Rozeline by Rozeline, Malaysia
  • 7 years ago

I just lost my son on 2nd July 2015 at the age of 27 and he's my only child. I am devastated but I would like to believe that God has other plans for him and I find solace in that. You will too...GOD bless.

  • Shanta Singh by Shanta Singh, South Africa Durban
  • 8 years ago

Hi Erica,
My mum was a widow in 1973 at age 26 when dad passed on in an accident while assisting someone at an accident scene. She raised us 4 kids and ran her taxi business in a tough world and industry.
She settled down with step dad and Navin was born, our precious Baby who was 21yr when he died tragically in an accident in 2000.
My mum cries for him and now she is alone since 2004 since my dad passed on after taking ill.
We siblings and our kids battle thru each year. Remember in good times to stay alive.

Please start working thru this by celebrating his life, keep close to his things that you like... everything is so precious and can't be lost.
Birthdays and good days become a celebration as Hindus we serve food and things Navin liked and mum has a prayer.
We take pictures at his huge photo frame on kids weddings.and birthdays and christmas.
What can we do.. he has become an Angel and protects us.
Please do take care and have some strength, don't hurt yourself, he must be hurting to see your pain.

  • Ashley by Ashley, Massachusetts
  • 8 years ago

I lost My son of 2 1/2 years old on March 12 2014. It was my worse nightmare. Asking questions and wondering why he had to leave so soon. He was my only son. His father passed away when I was 4 months pregnant. I'm only 21 years old and have gone through the fire and back. I never thought that at this age I'd be going threw so many obstacles. God has a plan in my life an I believe it. The same way he has a plan for you as well. I felt like my prayers that night were in vain but as time went by I noticed that my sons death was not in vain. My family became closer and although I'm still in pain I can continue to smile through it all because I know that he is in a much better place.

  • West Yorkshire. England by West Yorkshire. England
  • 8 years ago

I lost my only son on 2nd December 2001. I miss him every day and I don't find it any easier to cope with. I too believe in God and so did my dear son Philip. Until you lose a child one can't understand how bad it is. Knowing I Will never have a daughter-In-law or grandchildren is hard to bear sometime.

  • Ria Du Plessis by Ria Du Plessis, South Africa
  • 8 years ago

I've lost my only son on 22 March 2014. I've always thought I can think myself into the situation of others until I've experienced it myself. There is nothing in this life that compares with the death of your child. The loneliness when people talk of their children drives me crazy and I really struggle to see the purpose of trying to continue some days. Other days I get the strength to thank God that he borrowed him to me for 22 years after I prayed for him 13 years.

  • Bullhead City Az. by Bullhead City Az.
  • 8 years ago

15 years old my son started devoting all this free time with the County Sheriffs Department explorer program he excelled at this. He made lieutenant enjoyed the work very much. It was the future he wanted. They put him on television at 18 years old to show with dedication and hard work could do through the sheriff programs. They gave him a scholarship so that when he turned 21 he could go to the Academy for free. And until that time they made him a Tulare correction officer he joined the Army reserves so he could go to EOD explosive ordnance disposal. So he could add that to his sheriffs job as his mentor friend and roommate had. An officer of several years he mentored my son called my son a close friend.. This guy helped my son with books and technical data and also gave a small piece of "debt Chord" it's just a hollow tube with gas used for firing explosives. They found this in my sons house and arrested him for destructive device a felony! The court sent him to jail. So my son killed himself in the cell. Because he couldn't tell who gave it to him.

  • Port Elizabeth South Africa by Port Elizabeth South Africa
  • 9 years ago

My son Mark, passed away on 29 December 2009 from mixing his medication with alcohol. Time does not heal, I have just learnt to live with the ache that does not go away. So many of us are walking this road and we get strength from one another.

  • Julie by Julie
  • 9 years ago

Sorry for everyone's losses so sad that we have all suffered such great loss of our sons. My son Blake just died 22 days ago on December 5th of heart failure he was only 31. He leaves a 6 year old little boy. So hard not able to say goodbye he was my bestfriend and I talked to him everyday on the phone and saw him every week. Still try calling him only he can't answer :(((. Thanks for the beautiful poem.

  • Marj by Marj
  • 9 years ago

Dear Carolyn, I lost a son at age 27. It will be 26 years this month. I was looking for good words to say about him and your poem is what found. I hope you will not mind if I use your poem but adjust it to our circumstance. The same thing happened to my family.

  • Delinda Ray by Delinda Ray
  • 9 years ago

I lost both my sons.. My son Adam Randall French on Sept 11, 1991 he died of cardiac arrest at the age of 8. My other son Jordan "Tyler" French on Aug 2, 2011 at the age of 19. He was killed in an automobile accident going home from work. It is very hard for me to function everyday and my tears flow everyday. I know GOD had a reason to take my children home to be with him. If it weren't for my conversations with him every day I don't know what I would do. I know I will see them both again. That is the day that I live for! Everyday that goes by puts me that much closer to that wonderful reunion. I miss everything about my sons. They are my life and will always be. I thank GOD everyday for giving them to me!! They are my hearts and I love and miss them so very much!!

  • Talia by Talia, Palm Desert
  • 9 years ago

Where are you Josh? Who did this to you? My life has stopped since you died. Please come home...
My dear son, Joshua Tennis was killed instantly when a reckless driver in a white SUV ran my son's car off the road and into oncoming traffic at 1:30pm on 3/18/13. My last call with Josh was about how happy he was about his upcoming 30th birthday. 1/2 hour later he was dead.

Josh was absolutely Magical! He attracted people to him because of his kindness, compassion for others, his gentleness, sweetness, loving disposition. Josh loved people, animals, butterflies, unicorns, nature. He genuinely loved helping others. He was my best friend and the love of my life. I'm swallowed by silence and blackness now that he is gone. I died when he died.

The driver of the white SUV never stopped. I pray that this "killer" is found and is made accountable. Vehicular manslaughter penalties need to be made tougher, it's just like using a gun.

  • Peta by Peta, Australia
  • 9 years ago

My son Kai was taken from me on New Years Eve 31/12/2007 aged 11. There was just my son and I, he was my life and we did "everything" together. We were mates and I'm sure he was my "soul mate" too. He was involved in an unfortunate motorbike accident on a friends farm with 2 of his mates, he was killed instantly. My son just loved racing motocross and would ride when ever he could. We always kiss, hug and say we love each other before going anywhere and that afternoon was the last time I had that privilege. It would be his 17th Birthday 2/11/13 and his 6 yr. anniversary is coming up this year and the pain is still the same if not worse as the day I lost him. I would REALLY love to join him, but I know I can't because that will just delay our meeting up again and I can't afford to lose any more time away from him. So when will my time come???? I'm hoping soon.

  • Marta by Marta, Indiana
  • 9 years ago

I lost my son 1 month ago tomorrow from cystic fibrosis. He was only 23. I didn't get to say all the things I wanted to say to him. To tell him all the things he may need to hear. I was with him when he passed, but I still can't accept it happened. He was the sweetest guy loving and forgiving. I still have the last text messages and fb messages he'd sent me. I will keep them always. I'm not sure how to go on. I get up every day and do what I have to do, but it's all in a haze. I keep waiting for a call or a message from him that I know will never come. The days are so long. Alan M. Wicker I love you so much! I miss you today and always......

  • Janelle     Westfield Ma by Janelle Westfield Ma
  • 9 years ago

It will be the 1 year anniversary on 8/12/13 that I lost my son to brain cancer. He was 36 and left a wife and 7 year old daughter. He lived three and half years with his cancer. He lived with courage and died with courage. I think about him everyday and miss his smile and laughter. Moms never get over losing their child.

  • Stockton Ca by Stockton Ca
  • 9 years ago

My son was 19 when he was murdered 11 years ago. His name is Michael aka Sugarman. I am still so sad even though its been so long. Why do I still cry like it was yesterday? It shouldn't hurt as much as it did the day it happened. I have four other children, what is the matter with me that I cant focus on them? I love him so much and I know he is in a better place than this evil mean world. How am I supposed to keep coping? I love the lord but I'm hurting so bad. I'm grateful for my other four children that I was blessed with but sometimes I don't want to go on. I also have four grandchildren that I need to be here for but its so hard the pain is so bad. It's the worst I have ever had. I love you Michael and miss you everyday.

  • Tabitha Murdorf by Tabitha Murdorf
  • 9 years ago

I remember the day that I got pregnant with my son. I heard his heart beat for 9 months. When I went to the doctor he was fine and he kept me in the hospital for observation on 6/6/09 on 6/7/09 he sent me home and said everything was fine. Well no sooner I got home I went back with a goosh of blood. When I got there the doctor looked at me in tears and said sorry about your loss. The baby died 6/7/09 in my womb. so I didn't hear his first cry nor did I hear his last heartbeat. but every day he is in my heart and soul someday I will reunite with him and its going too be for a life time this time. I miss you Alexander Michael Haskins who passed on 6/7/09.

  • Shelburne by Shelburne, Nova Scotia
  • 9 years ago

Dalton James (D.J) was taken from me on Dec 09,2012 only 5 months ago...his girlfriend was text messaging while driving. I don't want to talk, or get out of bed most days, I miss him so much! I was looking for a poem to read on his graduation day June 28 2013 in memory of my baby! I love him more then words can say! my life has change forever as well as his three other brothers! miss and love you so much Dalt... xoxoxox :(

  • Gina by Gina, Orange County Calif
  • 9 years ago

My son my only child was killed 6-5-10 in a motorcycle accident . I did get to see him the morning of his accident, but of course had no clue I would never ever see him again!
I have cried every day since and miss him more every day, the pain does not go away it never will. It just get worse every day.
I miss him so much but am so grateful I had at least 35 years with him. his daughter only had 5 years with her dad, nothing will ever be the same.

  • Marlene M Fleming by Marlene M Fleming
  • 9 years ago

My sister Marcy lost her 21 year old son on the 4th of July 2012 in a terrible car accident, she has forgiven the young man who was his best friend since childhood & even was in his favor for his court date the young man got 12 months with good behavior because of her knowing her son would want that. My sister is forever changed, her husband decided to leave this world 6 years ago, we will never know why or what made him want to leave, he was so loved but troubled at the end. I just wish I could help my sister, I can't find the right words to help her...I just don't want my beautiful, caring, sad sister to keep fading away. I Love You Marcy, always & forever your sister Marlene XO XO

  • Tammy by Tammy, Alpharetta
  • 9 years ago

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my 24 year old son's death. He was killed in a tragic car accident on Feb. 13, 2012 in Charlotte, NC from what we believe a seizure. He was a Angel to all, he had the biggest smile anyone will tell you that and the biggest heart no matter how he felt he would put his feelings aside just to bring some happiness to others and put a smile on their face. I have been told by so many my son accomplished more in his 24 years on earth than most do in a lifetime. I miss him with all my heart and soul, my grief just wont stop no matter how much help I seek. The only thing that gets me through the day is the fact that I will see him again soon! The lose of a child for a parent is one that God himself knows all too well that being said he promises us eternity when we leave this world so we never have to endure that pain again. I thank God for giving me 24 years with my son so I could love him and know death is just the beginning of eternity!

  • Cheryl by Cheryl, Acostamoreno Valley
  • 10 years ago

Chris, only 16, our only child, was killed by a drunk driver, while he was riding his bike, coming home. That day he had stayed home from school, cause I remember just the day, before, he had hit Honor Roll, we were excited, and so proud of him, he had this big smile on his face, that day. No, matter what time, in day it was, Chris, always gave me a hug, always hearing, those word's, mom I
love you and a kiss on the cheek. Oh, how I miss him, he didn't even make it to his graduation.
Chris, you are always in my heart and I love you.

  • Viva by Viva, Loda
  • 10 years ago

I read poems sometime they make me cry. My son Corbin 33 yrs was killed by a drunk driver on May 17, 2010 (841 days). I saw him last on Mother's Day with a big bear hug a peck on the cheek and I love you, mom before he left. I am alone as he was my only child, I am a healthcare provider and have spent my life caring for others, but I was not there in that corn field to hold him as he took his last breath. The pain has not eased, but yes life goes on. Everyday I get up to go to work hoping at least that my shoes match because my son would expect no less. I wait for the time we will be together again, sooner than later if there is a God. Thank you for your poem.

  • Linda by Linda, Atlannta Georgia
  • 10 years ago

On July 20th 2012 My son left to go to a rehearsal for his friends wedding. He said mom I'm going. My son never leaves the house with out a kiss or one of his bear hugs. This day I got none. I had a bad feeling about this so I got up from my chair and watch him go down the stairs. This was the last time I saw him alive.
My son was 31 years old and suffered from depression.
11:05 the door bell rang and my HEART sank. It was the groom and one of my sons friends- who happen to be a police officer, I knew then that something had happened. The DEPRESSION that had a hold of him had taken his LIFE. My only child GONE. I'll never hear that beautiful laughter or one of his corny jokes or that luminated SMILE or the sound of him saying " LUCY I'M HOME". He loved the Lucy show. The one thing I'll always have are the beautiful stories I heard from so many people. Thank you for the stories they will forever be imbedded in my HEART.


  • Andrea by Andrea, Pocono PA
  • 10 years ago

I was looking for poem today when I notice yours. My Son Duane 22 was taken away from me on 5/13/2011 and his death is still a mystery. He was a Marine stationed in Japan. On a night when there was a typhoon warning, they said he went swimming, but when his body washed up he was in pajamas. I will Never forget him please pray for revelation.

  • Linda by Linda, Dumbarton UK
  • 10 years ago

Just read your poem my son Patrick Daniel was 27 years old when he was taken suddenly from me and I cannot get over it. You think you're alright one minute and the next your head and heart are so sore you don't want to go on. It's only 18 months since my son passed I miss him more than words can say. I look at the sky every night and I say he is the brightest star that ever shone and he is watching over me till we meet again.

  • Rhonda by Rhonda, Alabama
  • 10 years ago

The 3 year anniversary of my son's death is March 27, 2012. As I was searching for a poem to share with Hunter's picture in the paper I came across your brought me to tears. I felt like it was Hunter I was reading about. He to was brown hair and blue eyes, and brought so many other kids to God thru his death. The loss of a child is like no other pain a person can feel, so for that I deeply thank you for sharing your poem.

  • Carmen Pitts by Carmen Pitts
  • 14 years ago

Today is 1yr that my sister lost her 13yr old son to errant gun fire. My Sister her Husband, children and our family are changed forever. My sister has said "people just don't understand my grieving, days you just can't get up or even speak for long periods of time". I thank God that he has kept her through the storm and not to be Bitter but to be Better. Your poem touched me, Thank you Carolyn, and may God continue to sustain you.

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