Family Death Poems

Family Death Poems

Grief and Loss: Poems for Remembering a Family Member

A death in the family leaves a void that cannot be filled. No one can ever take the place of this individual in the world. We should not try to comfort the family by saying that "it was his time anyway", or, "he was suffering". These may be words of comfort later. However, there must be time to mourn the fact that things will never be the same. One minute he was here and now he is gone. The human mind must be allowed to sit with this reality. Mourning is a necessary part of the human experience. If it is ignored, a general feeling of sadness may pervade the whole family.

16 Poems about the Death of a Loved One

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  1. 1. In Your Heart


    • By Thomas S Carver
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2006 with permission of the Author.

    He was so proud of his little girl.
    It was her very first day of school.
    He walked with her to school that day,
    And she held his hand all the way.

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    This poem touched me profoundly. I could not stop crying. August 31st will be five years that my Dad died of liver cancer. He and my Mom lived close by and he came to see me almost every...

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  3. 2. Always There


    When you remember me,
    Please do not weep.
    My body may not be there.
    It has chosen to sleep.

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    I lost my dad not long ago (May 24, 2016). My dad wasn't there growing up, and I dreamed of the day I was old enough to look for him. My dream came true 6 years ago. My dad came back into my...

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  5. 3. In Memory


    • By Kimberly N. Chastain
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2006 with permission of the Author.

    A thousand times we needed you.
    A thousand times we cried.
    If love alone could have saved you,
    you never would have died.

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    I was 3 when I witnessed my first family death. It was my mum! After going through 6 years of my life I had finally understood and processed that my mother was gone. She had passed away in...

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  6. 4. Tears Fall From My Eyes

    • By Nichole T
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2013 with permission of the Author.

    As tears roll down my face,
    I know you're in a better place.
    I close my eyes to see your face,
    suddenly I feel a warm embrace.

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    We recently lost our son in a tragic accident. He had overcome so much and was just where he wanted to be in life. He smiled so much in the last few months. We knew he was happy. He is in a...

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  7. 5. You Will See Them Someday

    • By Stephan Banks
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008 with permission of the Author.

    When you lose someone, it can be hard to take
    the pain that you feel when your heart has to break.
    The memories you keep are all in your mind
    as you search your soul for more to find.

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    Hi, I lost my dad when I was still a young kid. At first, I never understand what was happening, but as years passed by, I finally understood everything. I always cry, hoping something would...

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  8. 6. It's Me

    Hey, you guys, don't feel guilty,
    It was just my time to go.
    I can see you're all feeling sad,
    I can see the tears still flow.

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    This poem touched me and fit my situation. My brother, John, died about a year ago on May 12th from an overdose of Heroin laced with Fentanyl. He was 54 years old and had started on drugs...

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  9. 7. The Loss Of A Cousin

    • By Collette N. Alaniz
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2006 with permission of the Author.

    My eyes filled up with tears as I heard the news.
    It never occurred to me how much I could lose.
    I find myself wishing that it wasn't real.
    Every time I think about it, pain is all I can feel.

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    I'm very sorry for your loss. My cousin was also like an older brother to me, we only had a 5-year difference. He passed away suddenly from a severe lung infection in December 2019.
    Since...

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  10. 8. Gone Away

    • By Diana Blokzyl
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008 with permission of the Author.

    An Angel whispered,
    "Take my hand and
    come with me;
    your work here is done."

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    This poem is so beautiful. I wanted to read it at my father-in-law's funeral, but every time I tried beforehand, my voice broke. Luckily, a member of the clergy at our church has agreed to...

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  11. 9. I Miss

    • By Ailsa L. Darragh
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2020 with permission of the Author.

    I miss your face; I miss your smile.
    I wish I could see you once in a while.
    I miss your laugh; I miss your love.
    I hope you are watching with pride from above.

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  12. 10. My Twin

    • By Athena Gordon
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2008 with permission of the Author.

    It's twins
    One boy, one girl
    Oh...what a wonderful bond.

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    After 61.5 years, our separation came. I never dreamed it could happen. We worked together at the school doing maintenance. Work was a party, always laughing and bringing laughter in the...

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  13. 11. Flying Free

    A whispered breath
    and then your soul
    flew, silent and swift,
    like a passing owl.

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  14. 12. A Face Among The Stars

    • By Rebecca Ginns
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2011 with permission of the Author.

    I looked for you this morning,
    I looked for you last night,
    I looked for you everywhere,
    But you were not in sight.

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    Thank you for this poem. I recently lost my eldest nephew who dropped down dead instantly.
    We were more like brother and sister.
    I am going to read this, hopefully at his funeral next...

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  15. 13. Our Dearest Little Nephew Jacob

    • By Renee
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2011 with permission of the Author.

    Our dearest little Jacob
    Who was so pure and so true.
    It's not at all right
    What has happened to you.

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    I know that feeling all too well. I once had my first born baby girl, Shola, who my fiancé and I planned. We were so, so happy, words couldn't explain till that dreaded day came. Shola was 6...

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  16. 14. Goodbye

    • By Mike Brown
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2008 with permission of the Author.

    I'll never forget the times we talked,
    I'll never forget the secrets.
    I keep them in my heart, they're locked,
    All the times we shared so happily.

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    You were only 23 a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, a cousin, and a friend. It was wrong for this to happen to all of us, You were always happy and joking around and had those beautiful...

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  17. 15. Missing You

    • By Raven
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2009 with permission of the Author.

    My eyes fill up in tears,
    as I miss you through the years.
    I lie in bed at night
    as I think of this scary fright.

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    My two little cousins passed away as well. One passed away with cancer, but we all knew that she wasn't going to make it through, and she was only 12. We miss her to bits, and her twin sister...

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  18. 16. Cassidy

    • By Danny Blackburn
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011 with permission of the Author.

    Does just seeing me come your way make you smile?
    Have I ever done something silly, something that made you laugh?
    Does the sound of my voice give you joy?
    Does the touch of my hand give you warmth in your heart?

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