Uncle Death Poem

To watch a man that you love pass on to the other side...

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My uncle is slowly slipping away. It is unfair, it is not right. The worst is he remains so happy, blissful even, though it's the end he says "I love you, my beautiful girl, sing for me my...

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Memory Eternal


Published by Family Friend Poems July 2006 with permission of the Author.

That is what I will remember,
Your bravery and your love
That caring wise and watchful eye
Which now peers at us from above.

I wish I knew you years ago
With your sly smile and charm
Seventy one years of slicked back hair
And a lovely lady of your own.

I knew the man you became
The uncle whom I adore
The leader of a family
Who gave us more and more.

There were so many lessons
Most important how to fight
To be proud of who we are
Stand up with all our might.

Through all the important moments
You made sure to be there
When I graduated Magna cum Laude
You went through all you could bear.

The cancer had made a comeback
But you wouldn't let us know
You grinned and beared the pain
But we saw you lose your glow.

Every day I came to see you
Determined to give you strength
Refusing to believe anything could hurt you
At least not to any length.

That last Thursday I walked in the room
My heart dropped and I knew
Your time with us was wearing thin
I knew that I was losing you.

And still the pain didn't matter
You fought to stay with your wife
You promised you'd never leave her
So you strained and clung to life.

The truest gift you gave her
Was to go without her there
You heard us say it was her wish
And you passed the load to bear.

Surrounded in love and admiration
We stayed with you as your guides
And the sun shone on your face
As you began to switch sides.

A year later I still ache to see you
To hear you laugh or see your smile
I'd willingly bear a harder load
Just to talk for a little while.

That is what I'll remember
Your bravery and your love
That caring wise and watchful eye
That now peers at us from above.


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  • Kristina by Kristina, Florida
  • 9 years ago

My uncle is slowly slipping away. It is unfair, it is not right. The worst is he remains so happy, blissful even, though it's the end
he says "I love you, my beautiful girl, sing for me my dear". But this has been the longest just about over a year. I miss his smile and how he once was, but still he stands resilient. I'll miss what he once was to me. So strong, tall, and thoughtful.

  • Jenjen by Jenjen
  • 11 years ago

My uncle just passed on February 7th. He also had cancer. I wish I could have been there to tell him I love Him with all my heart. He was the best, I was thinking of him and called to tell him I loved him at the exact time he was taking his last breath. It's like I knew something wasn't right, just that gut feeling. I will always remember him the way he was big cheeks and always smiling. R.I.P I LOVE YOU UNCLE EDDIE :)))

  • Shannon by Shannon, PA
  • 11 years ago

This has really touched me even though I'm going through a tough time, because the uncle I know and love was told he had cancer in his pancreas and that it was spreading through his whole body. They told him he was too weak for chemo treatments and that he doesn't have long to live, to read this makes me wish nothing bad would happen to him but expect the unexpected they say. I have been holding strong for him but doesn't seem like enough and wish he had longer to live :( but I definitely love this poem <3

  • Aimee by Aimee, Northern Ireland
  • 11 years ago

I can relate to this too, I lost my uncle on the 12/1/12, he was only 46 and he had a stroke on the Thursday (11th), later that day followed a brain hemorrhage, 85% bleed into the brain, he didn't know we were there, he didn't know how to speak, he survived for that night. He didn't know how to swallow and his heart was too strong to stop, we sat waiting for his last breath, he choked as he couldn't swallow, he turned a black colour and it was horrible. I'm only 13 and to have to watch it was horrendous. 4:50 pm came and he took his last breath, it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through, I miss him so much and I wish he was here:(

  • Nina by Nina
  • 11 years ago

This poem brought so many tears to my eyes. I can barely breath at this moment. Today has been year I lost my 54 year old uncle because he couldn't survive cancer. I still cant believe it. It all seems like a really bad dream. I have the biggest whole in my heart right now and it hurts so much. But I know that he is God right now without those pain and suffer. His my angle smiling from above. I loveee and misssss himmm sooooo muchhhh!! Till we meet again :'((((((((( May God Bless Everyone. And give them strength to live.

And thank you for sharing this poem. May God bless you

  • Tashira Rodriguez by Tashira Rodriguez
  • 13 years ago

This poem brought tears to my eyes. I can relate to you. My uncle past away this past summer from cancer. He battled it for three years. Like your uncle, he fought it. He got his way and got send to his house to die. He wanted to see his grandchildren but they weren't allowed into the hospital. He waited until he saw all his grandchildren and then went into what we call a coma. He lasted a whole day after the doctor said that he had an hour left. Also like your uncle, he waited until his wife and daughters left the room. Hope you feel better :)

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