Sister Death Poem

My Younger Sister

My younger sister Emma, died tragically aged just 30, in the prime of her life with no previous illness, leaving two young children. I miss her so much, I've tried to put into words what her loss means to me.

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It was on the 29th of May 2017 that the shocking news of my little sister's death was shared with me. I was away at school for my final professional examination in Jos Plateau State in...

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Published by Family Friend Poems March 2009 with permission of the Author.

I think of you Emma, every day
your smiles and chatter, the words you did say.
The coffees and catch-ups, the time that we shared,
busy lives lived close together, showed just how much we cared.

If only I could turn back time,
to when our lives were sailing along just fine.
Our sisterly chats, our planned places to go,
the soft plays, parks, shops and the beach,
where did those sands of time go?

You kept saying, "Why me?"
"One day at a time" and "keep positive" was all I could say,
I think of your words every day.

I always believed you would get more time with your beautiful boys,
for more love, laugh and play, with them and their toys.
But you didn't get that chance, and you're not here...

Why you Emma? Why were you taken from us so young?
How can we ever again have such fun?
I miss your bright sparkle, your humour and zest for life,
this empty void you have left behind, cuts like a knife.

We were both robbed Emma, of precious time,
we should be sharing now, and in the years down the line.
The pleasures of watching our kids learn and grow,
Special "Auntie Emma", my eternal sorrow.

You had so much to live for, so much yet to do,
it still feels unreal, being here without you.
I know I have to somehow live with the pain,
of never seeing your smile or hearing your voice ever again.

The answers that I'll never find, nor ever understand
I only wish you were here
so I could hug you and take you by the hand,
down to the beach with the kids for ice-cream,
to paddle in the sea and write our names in the sand.

I miss you so much Emma, more than words can ever say,
my precious memories of you are with me every day.


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  • Didam Regina by Didam Regina
  • 6 years ago

It was on the 29th of May 2017 that the shocking news of my little sister's death was shared with me. I was away at school for my final professional examination in Jos Plateau State in Nigeria. She was the last born in our family, but she was the first to die. Why you, Anne? That's the question I can't get the answer to. She was gentle, caring, and I never saw her get angry. She was so unique among us, but God decided to call her home after a day's illness. We love you, but God loves you most. We shall live with the pain of your loss. Rest in peace, my beloved sister, till we meet to part no more. Amen.

  • Maralynn by Maralynn, Texas United States
  • 8 years ago

My 1st younger sister, who I am 1 year older than, died she was very ill; I knew she was going to pass away yet I didn't know it would happen so soon I thought there was time. But I suppose time had already run out for us and she died at the age of 12. I wanted to stay strong for my 2nd younger sister who is about 10 but even I cried more than I expected myself to and couldn't stop. Tears blurred my vision as I held her, she was crying as well. We stood crying at the last place we saw her that morning before we had left for school. Her death was quite the shock to those of us close to her; even to myself and my aunt, she's a nurse, who knew she would at some point die. But, it is better for her she no longer has to go through the pain of being unable to breathe at times, unable to eat solid food, unable to move her limbs, support her head or to even talk and close her left eye properly. Her birthday was coming up in three weeks time I believe that GOD did not want her to be in such a state when it came time for her 13th birthday. She may be gone now but it's all for the better she is now in a better place free of pain and suffering and no longer bound to that bed or kept in the house.
Yes it is hard now that she is gone, the third human existence I've known since she was born, there is a gap an empty void within me and I'm sure there's one in my 2nd younger sister, seeing as they were immensely close, at times of most exciting experiences I want to call to her but I then remember that she is no longer here. I know that she is in a better place now but I can't help but wonder does she miss us too? Does she want to come back? Is she free of pain? Where is she now and what state is she in? I can't help but wonder. I await the day we will see each other once again.
-Maralynn Eleven

  • Sylvia Hourie  Winnipeg Canada by Sylvia Hourie Winnipeg Canada
  • 9 years ago

On August 1st it was 6 years since I lost my little sister. She died of a drug overdose at 37 yrs. old. She left 3 kids behind they were 14, 11, and 5 the day she passed. I keep waiting for the day that I will be over the loss but it hasn't come yet.
We grew up together (I'm 18 months older than her). We were raised in a single parent home so it was just the 2 of us and our mom.
We were close all our lives. Of course we had arguments but they never lasted more than a couple of hours and we always made up before going to sleep. When we were teenagers we had a lot of the same friends and went to the same social activities. Every night was like a sleepover :) We would stay up all night giggling and gossiping :)
Then she got into the drugs. I feel like I lost her long before the day she died. I miss her every single day. I try to keep a smile on my face for the kids, but sometimes I just can't wait to be alone so I can have a really good cry. Some days aren't as bad as others but the ache to hear her voice is always there. Whenever something exciting happens I want to call her so bad. I don't have anyone to call with those stories anymore. She was the only one that I trusted enough to tell everything. The world is such a lonely empty place now.

  • Katie by Katie
  • 7 years ago

Hi Sylvia, I also lost my youngest sister at age 25 to suicide. She left behind 2 small kids. I can relate to a lot of what you say. God bless you all. --Katie

  • Elsie Lacsa by Elsie Lacsa, San Diego CA
  • 9 years ago

I lost my baby sister 3 weeks ago. She was only 23. She left her 4 weeks old baby boy. She died of heart complication. I'm still in shock. I don't know if I'll be able to recover. I miss her so much.:(

  • St Vin Ezeh by St Vin Ezeh
  • 12 years ago

I don't have much to say, but to say I am sorry for not seeing your face once again after all this years, and not been there for you when you where sick. You have overcome lots and lots of illness all these years. Thank you for the little time and years we spent together, the childhood memories we had together, it hurts me more because we didn't grow & stay together, I think of you NECHE every day. Your smiles every second, and the words you did say every minute, you voice tangle in my head ever time, seconds, and minute, I breath. Tears quickly drop from my eyes when I was called at 3:00 am Sunday morning 1st of AUGUST 2011 that you have left us, why you I ask, why do you leave so early at only 18 years , we miss you a lot wish you where still here with us, fair well SISTER you will never be forgetting in our heart & mind never (OKWUDIRI VIN EZEANYAGU)

  • Mary by Mary, Tuscaloosa Alabama
  • 13 years ago

It's been a year now, since we lost our 29 year old baby sister who left behind a wonderful husband and two beautiful children ages 2 and 5. We miss her so much. We lost Tanya in a tragic car accident on 9-9-09. It still seems like a dream. I feel her presence in the stillness of the night and I hear her laughter in the wind. This story reminds me of her so much. We miss her and love her without measure. Tanya was the glue that held this family together.

  • Nbm London by Nbm London
  • 13 years ago

This Story just made me cry. I lost my sister this year on February the 14th. she didn't die with any illness, it was a sudden death, she died peacefully in her sleep, and I found her. she left behind her baby boy who was 5 months and is going to be 1 years soon. I miss her loads and this story just reminded me of her, everything here just reminds me of who she was, she was 30 too when she died. her birthday went recently, she would have been 31. it's so sad, I ask myself is this a dream or real? I am very sorry to hear about your loss. May she R.I.P.

  • Hariyanto by Hariyanto, Indonesia
  • 13 years ago

I feel so sorry for your loss dear Friend, even though I don't know you, but I do feel your pain reading this, your beautiful poem. Besides just 4 days ago I also just lost my sister, I feel so helpless and hopeless as I do also love her so much but seems the destiny wanted her to go first in her young age 30.

-Rest In Peace for your Sister Emma and for my sister Hariyanti "Harry"-

Lets pray for them to have better life there the place that Lord promised us all "Heaven" Amen.

  • liz by liz
  • 14 years ago

This poem really touched me. One of my friends was killed in a car wreck at age 16. She has a beautiful daughter that is less then a year old. She left two sisters and a brother. Death is a sad situation no matter what age. But when your young its a tragedy that seems unfair. This is a great poem. Sorry for your loss.

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