Dying Poems

Dying Poems

Poems About Dying

When a family member is dying, the whole family is plunged into despair. It is heartbreaking to see a once active relative lying in a hospital bed hooked up to machines. It is hard to imagine that this is the same individual who was previously so active and full of life. It may feel strange and uncomfortable to spend time with a loved one when they are dying. Most of us feel uncomfortable in the hospital filled with the smells of sickness and death. However, there may be an opportunity to share a moment that you treasure for the rest of your life.

31 Poems for Coping With a Loved One Dying

  1. 1. Remember

    Christina Rossetti was an English poet who lived from 1830-1894. In this poem, she wants her loved one to remember her after death. The word “remember” is shared five times, bringing attention to the importance of holding onto those memories, but the tone changes at the end. She then gives her loved one the permission to move on after her death. She hopes to be remembered, but she doesn’t want those memories to cause sadness to those she leaves behind. The form of Remember is a Petrarchan Sonnet.

    Remember me when I am gone away,
    Gone far away into the silent land;
    When you can no more hold me by the hand,
    Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

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    In 2022, my 2-year-old cousin passed of covid, and I'm only 13, so it's hard to go through that, so this really hits home.

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  3. 2. Because I Could Not Stop For Death

    A poem about death. Dickinson portrays death as her companion in the carriage. She passes her childhood - the school, to her grave. The poem makes heavy use of the literary device of personification, giving death human characteristics.

    Because I could not stop for Death,
    He kindly stopped for me;
    The carriage held but just ourselves
    And Immortality.

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    Yeah, I agree we don't stop to think that death will come and take us away even when the ones he has taken are staring right at us. My grandma passed away when I was little. I sobbed for hours.

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  5. 3. A Prayer For Mama

    My mother suffers from a very rare form of cancer. I wrote this to help ease the pain I'm feeling watching her suffer. She is not just a mom; she's my very best friend. She's never let me down. I believe in heaven and I know where she is going, but it still doesn't make this any easier for me. I hope others facing a loss of a parent can read this and find comfort in knowing that life after life is real, heaven is real and one day we will all be together again.
    God bless.

    My dear sweet heavenly father, I come to you today
    with faith and hope; I ask, send an angel Mama's way.
    I know her time is near and soon you'll take her home
    to stroll across the streets of gold where other angels roam.

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    In my mom's final hours, I found this poem. I read it to her then, and I read it at her funeral. Words really couldn't express my pain. She put me through a lot. There were a lot of good...

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  6. 4. I Let You Go

    • By Jane E. White
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2019

    Not knowing what to say when my sister-in-law was to be removed from life support, I wrote this to bring with me to the hospital. I read it there, which was a beautiful way to let her go -- and it was included in her funeral program as well as read when her casket descended into the earth. I felt there needed to be words at the time of letting go and not just after the person passed. This will be read next at my relative's distribution of ashes.

    I send you to the restless sun
    Awaiting your sweet shine,
    And in between this world and next
    I'll hold your hand in mine.

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    I absolutely loved this! Short but sweet, this poem has so much meaning and beauty behind it. I am just so touched by this poem, and I can only imagine how much meaning it must have for you...

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  7. 5. A Final Goodbye

    Do not be alarmed, I have many good years ahead. This poem was inspired by a PBS special on facing your own death. These are my own personal feelings, but it is in the hope that others can live life well and be able to face their own mortality when that day comes.

    Do not weep for me, for I will soon be gone.
    My body may die, but my soul will live on.
    Perhaps up to heaven, maybe eternity,
    or be reborn as another, when I am set free.

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    Left at a young at young age I know. You know life takes the best people in the world and those we love the most but, know that her soul is happy and free where she is. She still walks and is...

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  8. 6. Fading Away

    • By Ruth M. Regan
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2018

    My mother was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in late March 2017. Over the next 8 weeks we saw the woman who had raised us so well, who had loved us and cared for us and would do anything for us, slowly fade away before our eyes. We cared for her every day during her illness. Sometimes wanting to run away from the responsibility and sorrow, but we stood by her and cared for her just like she did for us...

    Fading away, vibrant color to hue.
    Fading away, disappearing from view.
    Heartbreaking symptoms, watched by heartbroken eyes.
    A face filled with sorrow, a chest full of sighs.

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    I truly am sorry for your loss and the pain and anguish of the situation, I know it first hand. June of 2013, my father, who had arthritis in his neck and shoulders, went in and had xrays and...

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  9. 7. God Can You Hear Me?

    This was just how I felt the last few weeks of my Dad's battle with prostate cancer. I knew in my head that he was not going to get better, but my heart was telling me otherwise. I always had hope, but it soon ran out.

    My eyes fill with tears,
    And I could hardly see
    This cancer is stealing my father
    Slowly away from me.

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    This poem touched my heart in so many ways! I'm writing this through tears. On June 23, 2019, I lost my dad to cancer. I had just gotten to meet him. That sounds odd, I know, but I didn't get...

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  10. 8. To My Mom

    • By Jennifer Correa
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2013

    I wrote this poem one month before my mom passed away from cancer. I was 18 years old and about to graduate from high school. My mom, Rebecca King, was the strongest, most amazing woman I have ever known.

    In your eyes I see the pain,
    Slowly the tears roll down, they won't refrain.

    I look down to the floor as if I'm hiding,

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    I am battling brain cancer. Doctors only gave me 2 months to live; that was 5 years ago. I'm now 36 and have 3 kids who need me. Every day gets harder to keep up the fight, but I can't...

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  11. 9. Battling Cancer

    • By Heather Weitz
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2011

    My brother-in-law was battling cancer and slowly loosing the battle...he was faced with a hard decision to keep trying the treatments and be sick all the time, or let nature takes it's course. I needed him to know we were all there for support with whatever decision he should make, and that we loved him so. Rest In Peace Keith, Love You Always!

    Feeling tired
    Feeling weak
    With all the pain you do not seek

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    I feel every word in this poem. On June 2, 2010 I was told that I have stage four cancer. Still holding on. Please read "

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  12. 10. Floundering

    • By Dr. Jamie Y. Marable
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2015

    I wrote this poem during my first visit with my mother after learning a few days before Christmas that she has Stage IV kidney cancer. I do not live in the same state as my mother, but spent the Christmas holiday with her. During our time together, I struggled with a range of emotions. I wanted to be a source of support for my mother, and yet I was still digesting the news and trying to come to terms with it.

    Emotion. Less.
    A tall order of contradictions
    Compassion
    Space

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    I had a beautiful, loving, great marriage for 26 years to my husband. His name was Rick and he was 58 years old. I lost him to Esophageal and Spinal Cancer 5 years ago. I still feel like it...

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  13. 11. Dearest Mother, I Will Always Love You

    This poem was written in memory of my mother who suffered from dementia in the winter of her life.

    Everyone who's lost their mother knows,
    it's a painful grief that never goes.
    The love will always remain the same
    in a forever eternal flame.

    When dementia creeps in through the back door,
    Loving is needed, like never before...

    An expressionless face, an empty heart,

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  14. 12. It's Okay To Go

    • By Lori Daoust
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2012

    I wrote this when my father passed away after being ill for a long time. It reflects all the emotions I went through as I sat at his bedside and held his hand as he passed away.

    You were sick and tired and we all knew
    that God would soon come to take you.
    You fought so hard, so very long,
    but through the pain, you stayed strong.

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    Arianna, thank you for sharing your story with me. Stories like yours are why I decided to publish this poem. I am not a highly "religious" person, although I have my own personal...

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  15. 13. I'll Be There

    This shares the struggle of an old couple with one on their death bed, remembering the younger times of their commitment to each other.

    As the old man lay there, smiling
    at that small and wrinkled face,
    he knew his life was over
    and it was time to leave this place.

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    It's a poem that expresses the depth of human feelings, especially at the verge of separation. It also shares an experience common to all living beings. These reasons make me love this poem.

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  16. 14. To My Daughter

    • By Debra Denslow
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2011

    I wrote this poem the day before my son (33) passed away with cancer, leaving behind his, at that time, 2 year old daughter

    I just wanted
    you to know
    how much I wanted to be there to watch
    you grow.

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    I'm sorry for your loss, but I know how you feel. It was nice of you to tell the story but also sad to read it.

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  17. 15. The Strength Of One Woman

    • By Glorimar Fontanez
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    One woman leaves behind a legacy that will never be lost, for she touched so many.

    She played a different role in all our
    lives: a mother, a sister, and a
    grandmother. No matter, what the love
    we have for her is one. Ask anyone,

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    My older sister has always been there for me! When I needed to talk, she always had the answer. And said I Love You no matter what! No one has the answer to cancer, Why do you have to leave...

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  18. 16. Mommy Don't Go

    • By Lauren M. Duncan
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A child talking to his mother as she lays sick, begging her not to die, to pull through. "I need you Mom, don't go".

    Fields of love,
    rain drops of joy.
    You hear friends saying,
    you're mommy's little boy.

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    I hope your mom pulls through and has many years left to share the things that moms and children do together. I went through something similar, but unfortunately my mom didn't have the...

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  19. 17. My Wish

    • By Shelliegh Southard
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2008

    I wrote this poem after my son was diagnosed at 4 with a rare brain stem cancer. As a mom, this was MY WISH

    My wish this year
    Is for you to remain here
    I wouldn't know what to do
    If forced to lose you

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    My son was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with Meduallblastoma stage 4. He went through radiation. At Age 16 1/2 it came back from radiation on his spine glioblastoma (inoperable). Sadly,...

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  20. 18. To Mommy - My Final Goodbye

    • By Katie L. Ruggiero
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    As a girl lies dying at the hands of drunk driver, she thinks back at her life and all the things she wishes she would have said.

    Sometimes I wish I could rewind my life,
    To think about all my actions one more time,
    And to think about all the people I hurt.
    I knew all the pain would one day come back to haunt me,

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    This poem was so touching. It has me teary eyed. I literally felt the intensity and sorrow within her heart during her last moments of life. I feel completely speechless.

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  21. 19. Mother's Illness

    • By Sherry L. DeBarge
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Comforting message from a dying mother to her family

    So many thoughts I would like to say
    As I lie in silence another day
    People come, people go
    I am alone with my thoughts you know

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    Thank you for sharing this. This in someway gave me an insight of what my mum went through when she was in the last stages of dying. there were many things I didn't understand in my mother's...

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  22. 20. Dear Child

    • By Jesse M. Morrow
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A mother writes a poem to her child to be read after she passes away. In it she tells her child how much she loves and misses her, and tells she will always be watching over her.

    Dear child, if you are reading this
    Then you know
    I have passed away
    ...

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    yes this poem touched me because my sister died when she was 19 and she was pregnant but the baby lived and that is why it touched me.. REALLY GREAT POEM.

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