Grief Poem

In losing 3 people dear to me in very quick succession I've found it hard to get back into 'reality'. People expect after a while for you to move on from it, but there is no time limit on grief. To try and help me move on I've looked up some poems and there's such beautifully written work out there it gave me the feeling that I'm not alone in my feelings which gave me the push to try and write something myself.
Grief is personal but is also there to be shared with others feeling the same.

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I am so sorry to hear of your losses. I wrote this a while ago, and although I can't say you will ever get over them, I have found a way to re-adjust. Since then, my friend lost her husband...

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Grieving For A Loved One


Published: May 2013

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 smile and laugh
enjoy my life, forget about the past
but reality shows it's ugly face, brings back all the pain
you've really only blocked it out, nothing much been gained

You surround yourself with photo's, and little treasured items
in an attempt to keep them close, raw withheld emotions
but still they seem so far away
nothing really brings them back
feeling so alone I pray
let me off this one way track
I would prefer to join them, than to go through all this again
it makes you wonder who'll be next?
these feelings make you cold and drained

Though you hope that they are well
not one person can really tell
but what brings a little piece of mind
is all the others they've left behind
remember that we're all the same
all our lives have changed
even though in different ways
we've got one common bond
each one of us has loved and lost
this special person left, and gone
here we are, all brought together
parents, siblings, friends and lovers
it's time to say our last goodbyes
as they make their way, up to the skies

for some that might be it
over and complete
but not for me, oh no
this still goes on, this sorry show
the memories still live on
"it gets easier" . . . . but they're wrong
all it takes is just one thought
for these feelings to surface, still so fraught

some say they understand
been there, seen it, all first hand
but how could they possibly feel what I do?
for they never even knew you
because you were one in a million
one of those shining stars
that's why I feel so troubled
with deep and wounded scars

each time I lose a loved one
a part of me dies too
they each take a piece of my heart
when that time comes for us to part
I wonder if that's when my time will come
when there's nothing left to take
with the fading of the sun, no reason to stay awake


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  • Kathy Chapman by Kathy Chapman
  • 4 years ago

I lost my Mama in 2010. I still cannot be the woman I should be. I miss her terribly. My Daddy passed in 2013. My stepdad committed suicide in 2016. My precious dog, Buddy, was shot in October 2016. I wonder if I will ever be able to overcome this much loss in 6 and a half years.

  • Carolynn F by Carolynn F
  • 4 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of your losses. I wrote this a while ago, and although I can't say you will ever get over them, I have found a way to re-adjust. Since then, my friend lost her husband in a similar way to your stepdad, which is such a challenge to understand, comprehend, and move forward from. All I can say is that my experiences have made me stronger. I am now training to be a counselor, wanting to specialize in loss and bereavement. Grief is a personal process, but talk about how you're feeling and cry if you need to. You will have good days and bad days. I still do, but it will get easier. In my thoughts. C.F.

  • Angel F Williams by Angel F Williams
  • 4 years ago

I'm so sorry for your losses. I, myself, have had a year from hell. My 17 year old son had to have his colon removed. My dad was having stomach surgery (cancer) and ended up on life support while my mom was in the late stages of lung disease. My son is doing well, but Dad died 5/21, and I just lost mom 8/19. I'm lost at this point. I hope you found someone to talk to and that things get better. God bless you.

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