Funeral Poem

My mother died of heart failure at the age of 55. I now have congestive heart failure. Five bypasses and my heart valve has been replaced by a pig valve. Not sure how long I am going to live, so I wrote this for my children to help them cope.

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This is a good poem. It reminded me of the universality of human feelings. Feelings are the same whether one lives in India, like me, or at distant places like the poet. But there is another...

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Don't Be Sad When I Die


Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008 with permission of the Author.

When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not there to comfort you,
please know that I still love you,
'cause I know you love me too.

When tomorrow starts without me
and you feel lost and blue,
I hope these words I've written
will help to see you through.

Someday your pain will ease,
sadness replaced by fond memories.
Come tomorrow you will hear
I love you whispered on the breeze.

When tomorrow starts without me
'cause God has called me home,
I turn, blowing a kiss for thee,
sad that you may feel alone.

I will miss you tomorrow.
As I take one last glimpse,
a tear falls from my cheek.
I'll be going home.

And tomorrow will start without me.


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  • Subhash Bansal by Subhash Bansal
  • 5 years ago

This is a good poem. It reminded me of the universality of human feelings. Feelings are the same whether one lives in India, like me, or at distant places like the poet. But there is another aspect to be meditated over. All men and women are mortal. Each of has to go one time or the other. Why to grieve? The soul or consciousness, by discarding the old and frail body, has got a new body. It is fresh and may live and grow for long time.

Wouldn't it be better to feel the fragrance of departed nears and dears by reminiscing the good time spent with them or devote ourselves to the causes dear to them? In saying so, I do not mean that one should never get emotional by maintaining a stony face or put artificial mask. Sharing the inner feelings or speaking the heart out helps in adjusting, molding, or enduring with the current situations. I appreciate the poet who has dared to write his own epitaph during his lifetime. I do not wish the poet to go because of the inherent qualities.

  • Edward Severinsen by Edward Severinsen, Alabama
  • 8 years ago

I'm an atheist and I often contemplate death and its implications, scared to death of not knowing what happens after. According to my personal beliefs I know that death is the end but I hope for more. But in particular what struck me was "When tomorrow starts without me." That stuck with me. I'm only 16 and a sophomore in high school and I've been crushing on the most wonderful girl I've ever met. Although this may be unrelated this made me think about how little time I have to waste before I'm gone and my chances of being with her and having a loving relationship are over. I want to grow old with her and sitting there shyly staring at her are not gonna help me accomplish anything. If she rejects me, which I don't think she will because she always smiles at me, then at least I know. But if I put myself out there and she loves me back then I've gained someone to love for life. :)

  • Andrew Hoang by Andrew Hoang, Sacramento
  • 10 years ago

I also held back tears while reading this, my grandma had died of brain cancer on Christmas eve which broke not only my heart but my parents too. I was 11 at the time and felt hopeless but I had some support from family and friends, I love my grandma dearly and still think of her to this day and I hope one day when I die I can meet with my family again to enjoy each others company once more.

  • Ellen Torpey by Ellen Torpey
  • 10 years ago

My husband just passed. He was struggling with heart disease for several years. I know this is what was on his mind as he was starting not to feel well. Thank you!

  • Tj by Tj, Norfolk King's Lynn
  • 11 years ago

This poem is amazing and it kind of hurts to read something like this and to think that it is someone's life you're reading about. It almost seems impossible to not have that someone there but it happens. This poem reminds me of what my dad said he wanted for his funeral, he wanted us to celebrate his life not to mourn his death.

  • Philip by Philip, St. Augustine
  • 11 years ago

I love this poem because it shows that everyday something must move on to somewhere else. But those who are left behind should not follow and not weep, but should remember the true meaning of that person and why you loved them, not why they left. The poem shows that moving on will always happen and someone will always be left in sorrow, but they should emerge from that sadness as another person, as one who has overcome one more obstacle, and should not fall because of that obstacle but learn from it and become stronger from it.

  • Chris by Chris, Hamilton Ohio
  • 11 years ago

Good poem, kind of wakes you up to the reality of life itself today. I wouldn't trade my life for anything in the world.

  • Vesterine by Vesterine, Parkton
  • 12 years ago

I too lost my mother to congestive heart failure (April 4,2006). She also had 5 heart bypasses I lost my mother at the tender age of 60. I think about her a lot it's been 12 years now & I still remember as if it was just yesterday I loved my mom & I miss her so much, so if your mother is living tell her that you love her while she is living don't wait until it is too late do all you can. This poem has encouraged me so much I tried to hold back tears when I read it, but it was very hard to do. I sent my son a copy who is locked up in jail so he will have something serious to think about when I am gone because I am on so much medication that it is not funny, and I don't know how long I got either. Some days I feel good/some not so good but I put my trust in the LORD to see me through times & I live to smile another day. I Thank GOD for letting me live to see another day & it is so PERFECT in many ways.

  • Annette by Annette, Houston Tx
  • 13 years ago

My grandfather passed away, and when I read this, it reminded me of him. This is something he would say.
I miss him very much. I still wish he was with me, and my family.
I know he still loves me. That he hasn't forgotten about me. I love him with all my heart. I will never forget him. He will stay with me forever. No matter what.

  • Stacy by Stacy
  • 13 years ago

Wow I did not realize, but when I read this I was holding tears back. I feel the same way. I am kind of done with life. and I feel like its the end but this special someone is the one person holding me back from doing anything stupid I can't leave her alone the world :'( she is my world <3

  • Renee by Renee
  • 5 years ago

Stacy, you may have written this 7 years ago, but I hope you are still here to read my message to you! You matter! The lives you touch will be changed forever if you leave ahead of time! Be blessed knowing that a stranger in Maryland is praying for you seven years after you wrote this!! Be well, live well, and love well!

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