Loss of Father Poem

Didn't Get To Say My Goodbyes

God bless Dad. We WILL see you again!

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My dad battled kidney disease for 19 years. He had a massive stroke this Christmas Eve morning. I just had a baby 5 months ago and haven't been able to see him. I went that day he laid...

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Published by Family Friend Poems November 2007 with permission of the Author.

I didn't get to see you before you left.
Didn't get to say my goodbyes.
Didn't get to hug you and kiss you goodnight.
Didn't get to tell you how much I was proud to have you as a father.
Didn't get the chance to tell you I was sorry for being stupid sometimes.
Didn't get to dance with you at my wedding,
and you won't get a chance to see your grandchildren,
and I won't get the chance to say I love you one more time. 
I wish I could have those chances,
but I am glad to have had the chance of having a father like you.
Thank you, Dad!


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  • Rashika Kansra by Rashika Kansra
  • 6 years ago

My dad battled kidney disease for 19 years. He had a massive stroke this Christmas Eve morning. I just had a baby 5 months ago and haven't been able to see him. I went that day he laid unresponsive in the hospital. I thanked him for being my dad, held his hand one last time, and prayed for him. I said I will see you healthy in heaven. I wanted to go again, but it's hard with a baby. My husband was sick, so I said I'll go tomorrow. He died alone the next morning, 16 days after his stroke. He couldn't be at my wedding because he was sick, and he never got to meet his granddaughter.
My dad was a good dad. He taught me everything I know. He was strong and stern at times but also like a kid with me! He loved me even when I didn't deserve it. I will always miss you, Dad.

  • Kyla Wells by Kyla Wells, Ontario
  • 9 years ago

It's been 13 1/2 years since I last saw my dad or anyone saw him. I may have only known him for 1 and 1/2 years but he means everything to me. Losing him at a young age is definitely hard and nobody should have to go through a life without a father, but sadly I did. When I have a hard day I will run upstairs to my room, write a letter addressed to him even if he is never going to get it, I know he is reading it from heaven. That goes for when I have a happy day, a secret I don't want anyone to know. I know he is with me sharing all those moments with me good or bad. I am going to miss all the memories I should be making with him but I know he is watching over me.

  • Diana by Diana, California
  • 10 years ago

Happy Birthday to My Dad,
It's been 7 months since God called you up to Heaven. It seems like just yesterday I would walk into your living room and see you sitting there on your favorite blue chair, and you'd look up and give me that cheerful smile of yours. Oh how I miss your smile Dad. I would give anything just to see you smile at me and hug me one more time.
Happy Birthday Dad even though it's not the same without you here. Miss You!
But here's to you DAD! A shot of Tequila!

Love you Forever

  • Franklin by Franklin, Ghana
  • 10 years ago

My dad died on 3rd Oct. this year and that was 2 days after my birthday. I went to him at the hospital on my birthday but was not allowed to see him on that faithful day. I called my mum and told her I shall come again on Saturday so we all have a joyful celebration only to hear on that faithful Saturday early morning that he is gone on phone. I was motionless and could not talk. one week at the hospital and could not see and talk to him only to see his dead body. oh what a world. I miss you dad

  • Mtata by Mtata
  • 11 years ago

My dad wasn't part of my life but I searched for him and we we're so close talking to each another after 2 years he passed away and I never had a chance to say my last goodbyes I loved him soo much and I never asked why he abandoned us as a human he wasn't perfect he made some mistakes so I was glad he was a part of my life for 2 years before he died.

  • Lynn Guidry by Lynn Guidry
  • 11 years ago

The last time that I saw my daddy was right before I was to deploy. I went home and he was doing great! then on September 29, 2006 I received a phone call. At first I was surprised to hear someone say that to me and so I called my momma and she told me that it was true. My daddy had a massive heart attack and here I was in TX while he was in MD. I wanted so bad to just jump in my car and drive to go home however I was not able to, I was numb and I could not think straight. I had a very good friend that paid for a plane ticket for me to get home. To this day I owe him everything. I was the first born and a daddy's girl. I miss him so so very much! I know that he got to meet my children however he will not see them grow into adults and he was not at my wedding. I love you daddy and think about you all of the time. I still remember one of the last things that you said to me and that was that you were proud of me and that you loved me!

  • Vienna Lipscomb by Vienna Lipscomb
  • 12 years ago

My father passed away a little over 3 years ago the day before Easter. He was a good man but he had his fails but who doesn't. He was in the military, he adopted me when I was two years old. He was a great man, but he lived longer than what doctors thought he would. He had seven of us daughters. I never had the chance to say my goodbyes he was in Ohio it was too far to travel. These poems are beautiful and really hit you in the heart.

  • Reba Williams by Reba Williams, Huffman
  • 13 years ago

I lost my dad at the age of 4. I loved him very much he meant the world to me thanks for publishing this poem, keep writing.

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