Wife Death Poem

Heartache Of Losing A Loved One

This is about the heartache of losing my soulmate after 50 years together. Although they leave your life, their memory never leaves; they live on in your heart.

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My Soulmate

John P. Read © more by John P. Read

Published: February 2017

I still say I Love You,
But now there's no reply.
I always feel your presence
As if you never left my side.

I remember your comforting voice.
Now there's not a sound.
Only echoes from the past
Follow me around.

You're always by my side,
But I can't hold your hand.
The reason why God took you
I find hard to understand.

Summer days seem much shorter.
Dark nights just linger on.
Dreams turn into nightmares
When the one you love has gone.

But real love never fades.
It still burns like the sun.
Although they're far away,
Those memories go on and on.

Her spirit will never die
It shines like the stars.
I know you're sleeping in heaven,
But you're living in my heart.



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  • Scott Joslin by Scott Joslin
  • 1 month ago

My wife of 14 years, Heather, passed away this past Thursday morning. She had been fighting against Lupus for most of her life and succumbed to heart complications. This poem truly touched me and just helped me to realize I'm not alone in feeling the way I do. I've lost both of my parents but was not prepared for the hurt of losing my wife. She was only 41. At the age of 37 I'm not sure how much more loss I can endure in this lifetime. Thank you for sharing this poem!

  • Peter Fletcher by Peter Fletcher
  • 2 months ago

I lost my wife November 2016 from Ovarian Cancer. I never knew it was called the silent killer. She entered the hospital and passed away 5 weeks later, suffering terribly. We were married 10 days short of 39 years and were together 42 years. She was only 60, a non-smoker or drinker, kind and generous. Why her, I ask. We thought our retirement would be a great future for us both. I feel robbed and miss her so much. I still talk to her and visit her grave every Sunday and sometimes during the week. I can't believe this illness cannot be diagnosed earlier somehow. I would not wish this terrible disease on anybody. My life will never be the same again, I suggest that anyone who has lost someone like myself listen to the song by Willie Nelson on Amazon music called She Is Gone. I listen to it often and it helps me. I don't think my life will ever be the same again. -Peter

Hi Peter,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through. I lost my wife Ann 10 years ago. It still hurts like it was only yesterday. The hardest part was seeing her suffer and feeling so helpless, knowing there's nothing I could do. I wish you well, brother Peter. God Bless.

  • Joseph Arpino Sr by Joseph Arpino Sr
  • 4 months ago

John thanks for the poem you wrote about your soulmate. I am sure it was very difficult to put into words how you felt about her. I have also lost my soulmate recently (August 23, 2019). We had been married for 52 years and knew each other for 54 years. I have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. They all try and keep me busy to keep my mind occupied, but they can't be with me 24/7. Being home alone and going to bed and waking up in the morning is the most painful and difficult times of all. I attend a bereavement group once a week, and we are able to talk about how our week had gone. It does seem to help. We had discovered my wife's illness on Christmas Eve of 2017. Soon after, we started all the testing that she needed and found out that she had a form of liver cancer. All through 2018 and up until July of 2019 we tried every type of treatment that was available. So to say my wife was my soulmate is an understatement. When she died, a part of me died too.

I'm so sorry for your loss, Joseph. It's almost 10 years since I lost my dear wife, Ann. Although it still hurts as if it were only yesterday, maybe I should have attended a bereavement group. Writing poetry does help a little. Maybe that's my therapy.

  • Michael Stevens by Michael Stevens
  • 9 months ago

I just lost my wife to dementia and acute kidney injury. I have felt pain, but this pain is ripping me apart, knowing that I will not see her again. We were married for forty-four years this year on July 19th. And her birthday would have been on October 16, age 64. In the last few years she went through hell and back. I went on that journey with all the hurt and pain, but she never complained once. We had a lovely life together. We had our ups and downs, but we worked through them, and they made us stronger. It feels like there is nothing to live for. I would not have changed anything about her. She was just perfect. We have the funeral next week. I don't know how I am going to cope. It seems like a bad dream and that when I wake up she will be there lying next to me.

  • Stephen Dunn by Stephen Dunn
  • 5 months ago

Dear Mike,
I feel your pain buddy. Just lost mine last Friday. You just said everything that I, too, am feeling. Her wake is tomorrow night and the funeral Wednesday. Don't know what I'm going to do without her. We had 32 years together, but now I am thinking of her every minute of the day. It's hard to concentrate on anything else. You don't feel like you want to go on, I know. My wife had cervical cancer, a rare form that didn't respond well to treatment. We're not alone, Mike, but that really doesn't help, does it? Try to find a bereavement counseling group. Sometimes it helps when you talk about it with other people who are experiencing the same thing. I might try it myself. Good Luck!

Dear Michael, I'm so sorry for your loss. My wife Ann was 63 when she was taken from me. We were looking forward to our retirement years, which sadly were not meant to be. It's now 9 years, but her memory is still so much alive. I miss her every day. No one will ever take her place.

  • Gary Boyce by Gary Boyce
  • 8 months ago

I feel your pain. I lost my 38-year-soulmate wife last August. There is no pain like it, especially when at our ages we were figuring, "Hey, another 20 or so like everyone else and we are good. We will have seen and done all we could have by then." But no, after just retiring after both working almost 40 years, she was robbed from me at 62! I always tell people she passed in August 2018, but I died June 2018 at the diagnosis of "terminal cancer- 2 months left." It's like a bad dream every day. I shake my head each morning "another day for me? Why?? When all you worked for was your future together and then its ripped apart, there is nothing worse. It's all over now. The phrase "dead man walking" is rather appropriate to me. I feel for you, and it's fresh enough to say I understand what you say, especially from another couple our age with the same hopes and dreams for the future.

  • Morgan M. Nyanga by Morgan M. Nyanga
  • 9 months ago

Thank you. I am touched by the poem above as I am going through the same thing.

  • Gary Boyce by Gary Boyce
  • 1 year ago

Thanks John-
How have you done it 8 years? At 6 months, I cannot fathom tacking on years to this? I am 64-65 in May. Sure, we all know the alternative and for some reason we were "allowed" to remain behind to suffer- it's sure not to prosper- those were supposed to be our times. We were entering our prospering times together but were robbed. My dad passed at age 57. My mom lived to 92, and all I do is dread the thought of such a long wait. No God, that can't possibly be. I don't want to be old and feeble without my wife. She was supposed to be with me, watching me fade first. Frankly, I am ready now. That's not just words. I would be fine passing on the legacy of our love and devotion to our children. How I so envy those in the stories of their loved one dying and the other passes only days later in heartbreak. How wonderful it must be to almost be trailing your loved one to your afterlife together! My heart and soul were completely broken, so why am I getting through? This now is merely life-not living!

  • Ajinder Virdee by Ajinder Virdee
  • 1 year ago

My wife left my side 5 weeks ago at the young age of 56. She had a GIST tumor. I was with her for 40 years, and we had so many plans and things to do, and now that's gone and my life is empty. I talk to her every day and every night and wait for her to answer me. I want to hold her a tell her how much I love and miss her. I want to take her hand and walk to the shops like we used to do. I want to tell her I will keep her safe and everything will be okay. I sit in our house and she's all around me. She was kind to everyone and pure and innocent, and I was so lucky to have her in my life for 40 years. I look forward to my time and us being reunited. I hope to hold her, I hope to kiss her. I hope see her face. I hope.

So sorry to hear of your loss, Gary. At least I can look you in the eye and say I know how you're feeling. Without my soulmate life has no meaning. It's the memories that keep me going.

  • Gary Boyce by Gary Boyce
  • 1 year ago

Very similar with 37 years and 44 years of love. We had just retired (me 64-Terry 62) and bought a retirement home near our daughter and grandchildren and were entering "our time." We had so many plans, and anniversaries were being talked about at 40-45-50 years. Oh, the travels we had planned and yearly vacations. We had both worked almost 40 years, and many were hard, but we hung on together. NOW was our time. But NOW is just looking hopelessly at what was lost for our future more than anything else. The happiness at finally owning a home again- no debt- no mortgage- full speed ahead- I felt like her hero once again coming through on what I said was to be. Then it was all dragged away. Now all those plans are done and gone. The anniversary clock officially stops on this Valentine's Day! It will be another day that the clock for me dies and I, too, die yet another day. It's just horrible and I see no end- just a very different life that I never wanted to be a part of. All alone and empty.

Losing someone you shared your whole life with is soul destroying. Everywhere you go everything you do, the memories are always there. It's now 8 years since my wife and best friend passed away, but the pain never leaves; you just learn to live with it.

  • Wayne Boulet by Wayne Boulet
  • 1 year ago

I understand exactly how you feel and what you are saying. I lost my wife of 40 years 7 months ago (at the age of 56) to the same sickness. I miss her so much. We were so close. I talk to her each day and tell her that I love her. I know she's still close to me, but it hurts so much that I can't see her, touch or, and hold her tight. I know we have to keep on, but it will never be the same again. When she died, a part of me died also. I am grateful to have had her in my life for so many years. I guess we will never understand why, no matter how much we try. They say time heals. We had time to look at each other and really say what was important, which means so much, but when you look back on your life, you think of all the things you should have said and done and things you took for granted. I sincerely wish you the best, and just knowing that they are still close to us, hopefully we can slowly move on with our lives because this is what they would want.

  • Thomas  Gallegos by Thomas Gallegos
  • 3 years ago

I lost my wife, my love, my best friend, my partner of 30 years, all at one time, four days before Valentine's Day and a lifetime too soon. She was beautiful, both inside and out, and much too young (57) to leave this world. She died as a result of ovarian cancer, a terrible disease. Your poem struck a chord within me - I tell her how much I love her every day, even if she doesn't answer me, and I feel her presence throughout the day although I can't touch her. Why God took her is difficult for me to comprehend. She was such a good person to everyone who met her. The nights have been especially difficult without her. I can't imagine how I will ever fill the void I feel today. I'm told it will take time to heal. But, I don't know if I will have enough time.

  • Henry Kaspar by Henry Kaspar
  • 2 years ago

Tom, I saw your story after reading "My Soulmate." It really struck me as our stories are somewhat similar. I lost my wife of 64 years on March 24 of this year. She died from ovarian cancer. This poem really struck me. It is now Christmastime, and for the first time in 64 years she will not be sitting next to me on Christmas morning. I can't hug her, kiss her, or tell her how much I love her. This poem is how I feel every minute of the day. Whenever I did something, she would be helping in one way or another, but now she won't be there lending a helping hand. People say time heals, but how can it if someone's been a part of your life every day for the past 64 years?

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