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.

21 Poems for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

  1. 1. In Your Heart

    • By Thomas S Carver
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A breathtaking and beautiful poem about a relationship between father and daughter throughout their lives.

    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

    I wrote this poem a while back after a loved one died.

    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. Tears Fall From My Eyes

    • By Nichole T
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2013

    In December 2012, our family lost another leaf from our family tree...RiP Justin Akers

    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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  6. 4. In Memory

    • By Kimberly N. Chastain
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    One's life can be measured by those he leaves behind.

    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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  7. 5. You Will See Them Someday

    • By Stephan Banks
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008

    From birth, I was brought up by my Nan and Granddad. I looked upon them with great respect as a father and mother to me. I lost them within two years when I was 14 years and then one at 16 years old. I am now 30, married with two children to occupy my mind, but there is never a week that goes by without sharing a thought for them. RIP Les and Marion.

    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. I Miss

    • By Ailsa L. Darragh
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2020

    I wrote this poem on the anniversary of losing my mum. I was only 15 when I lost my mum to cancer, then tragically lost my dad 15 months later from a heart attack. I'm 43 years old now, and despite the number of years that have passed, I still miss them every day and the life that I would have had with them.

    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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  9. 7. A Face Among The Stars

    • By Rebecca Ginns
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2011

    This poem is dedicated to my cousin, Matthew. I wrote this poem after learning the terrible news of losing Matthew. He was driving home one evening when a drunk driver ran a red light. Matthew perished in the incident. I never got to meet Matthew as he and I lived on opposite sides of Australia.

    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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  10. 8. The Loss Of A Cousin

    • By Collette N. Alaniz
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    With a tragic loss, the pain of separation is overwhelming.

    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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  11. 9. Gone Away

    I wrote this poem for my father-in-law when he passed away in 2004. His children decided they wanted it printed on his memorial folder for the funeral.

    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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  12. 10. Flying Free

    I was with someone, who was almost like family to me, when she died peacefully. A release from cancer and a touch of dementia. She had already lost her husband, son and daughter, so I liked to feel that she would be able to join them once more. Just after she died, I saw an owl pass by; it felt like her spirit passing.

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

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  13. 11. Goodbye

    Dedicated to my cousin, Amanda.
    Just 17 years old, texting at the wheel of a car, ran off the road and hit a tree.

    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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  14. 12. Missing You

    • By Raven
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2009

    This is to my cousin who had passed away on December 8, 2006.

    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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  15. 13. Involuntary Acceptance

    Accepting death

    Even though
    We're far apart,
    You'll always be
    In our heart.

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  16. 14. One More

    • By Maranda G. Brice
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2011

    I wrote this poem for my cousin, Debbie Taylor, who was also my teacher at the Christian School I go to. I miss her so much. It just doesn't seem real that she is gone. I prayed for God to help me with my poetry and this one just came pouring out of me. I just wish I had gotten more time with her. I wanted her to see me graduate, get married, have kids, and become a teacher like her. I just wanted one more everything with her. I guess that is why I titled this poem One More.

    When the sunny skies turn from blue to gray,
    I can't help but wonder just what you would say?

    I wonder if you know how many lives you have touched.

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    Wow. I wrote this poem a few years ago for Debbie. I am so touched by all of your stories and how much you loved my poem. Thank you all so much for the positive feedback. It was a blessing to...

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  17. 15. Our Dearest Little Nephew Jacob

    • By Renee
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2011

    I wrote this poem for my nephew Jacob. He sadly passed away after living such a short life. The illness is still unexplained and makes it that much harder to get through these days without him. He has so many friends and family that love him more than our hearts could ever explain. He's with us forever!

    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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  18. 16. Dad, Where Are You?

    • By KK Tex
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2007

    My father past away last year (from a long fight with cancer), two months after my son was born. Everyone said he was "waiting" to see the baby. When he saw him he seemed so sad. he finally realized he would never really know him. This is what breaks my heart. I can't even enjoy my son with out missing my dad.

    Gone...but where?
    I can't call you on the phone
    I can't knock on your door
    No matter how loud I scream you can't respond

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    I feel your pain but please do not give up on God. He is ALWAYS there for you, even when no one else is. Just talk to God with your mouth out loud and ask Him for the strength and courage you...

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  19. 17. Without You

    • By Brittany Callahan
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2008

    A poem, spoken in the words of my mother, about the treacherous loss of a wonderful father, husband, son, and uncle. This poem is dedicated to Eddie Blanton, my dad, whom I loved very much, as did his whole family. R.I.P~Dad. May 24th, 1967 - July 4th, 2007

    The days without you are lonely,
    The nights without you are cold,
    But even though you are gone now
    That burning passion will never grow old.

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    This poem brought tears to my eyes. My husband died from a seizure disorder a little over a week ago, and I slept through the seizure this time. When I awoke he was already gone, so I do feel...

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  20. 18. Just One More Day

    • By Tanya Heasman
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008

    Desperately wanting just one more day with a deceased loved one. I will always miss you, Poppa. xoxo

    Sitting sadly on my bed
    Listening to the wild winds blow,
    Crying bitterly behind my hair,
    Trying not to let it show.

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    I know how you feel what you wrote in this poem is the same thing I do , nobody takes death like me and I'm so young. His death actually hurts me some times I cant wait to see him until I go...

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  21. 19. In Heaven With My Son

    • By Shane C.
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2013

    My Friend passed away 5 years ago and 2 weeks ago his father passed, They use to go on long trips together in the fathers truck. Rest In Peace Ivan and Daf.

    Behind the stars in the sky
    In the heavens up above
    My Dad's big truck is starting up
    Two of us angels in the front

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  22. 20. My Cousin, My Angel, My Best Friend

    • By Terri Brown
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2021

    I lost my cousin right before Christmas. He was my best friend, and I have been broken since he died. This poem is very special to me.

    I put a letter in your coffin,
    One only you could ever read.
    I said how much I love you.
    It shows you how I plead.

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