Loss of Father Poems

Loss of Father Poems

Poem for Dad Who Passed Away

The death of someone close to us leave us shocked with grief. We cannot understand how one minute this person was here and the next they are gone. The truth is that those we love are never truly gone. The body may have run its course, but the soul lives forever. Human beings have been cognizant of eternal life since the beginning of time. Every culture has its own traditions about death and reincarnation. The anxiety commonly felt about death in our culture is a result of a scientific schema which says that "if I don't see it, it's not there".

77 Poems about Losing a Father

  1. 1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

    This very famous poem, a villanelle, by Dylan Thomas was written as Thomas' father lay on his deathbed. The message that Thomas was conveying to his father was his passionate desire that his father not take death "lying down." He is expressing the feeling that so many have felt as they watched a close friend, parent, or lover slip away. The message to his father is, "Don't Go! Fight! Death is an injustice! Show your passion for life, by not going gentle into that "good" night."

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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    I like this poem. It reflects the general reaction of the majority of people not wanting their loved ones to go and if so at least they put up a fight, along with being poetically exquisite...

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  3. 2. The Greatest Man

    • By Derick Revane
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2013

    I wrote this poem to recite at my father's memorial service. I was having a very difficult time coming to terms with the loss of my father who was taken from us very suddenly. I find one of the best ways to deal with suffering a great loss is to create something new. When something of beauty can be inspired and created amidst such great sorrow it serves as a reminder that things will get better. No matter how dark the days seem to be, there is always a light to be found.

    I knew a man, he was the greatest man
    I've known in all my days.
    Then one day God called on him,
    and now he's gone away.

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    I'm sorry for the very late reply. I hope that you indeed did use my poem for your dad's memorial service. The process of writing this really helped me through my grieving process, and if my...

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  5. 3. Dad, What's It Like In Heaven?

    I wrote this poem for my Dad in honor of Father's Day.

    If time exists in heaven,
    Do you still rise with the sun?
    Do you and Mom share breakfast
    Before your day has begun?

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    This is a wonderful sentimental poem. It depicts a loving relationship between father and child. My father came into my life as an adult and unfortunately we did not get to make many...

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  6. 4. To My Daddy, On Your Birthday

    • By Danniele Berkley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2012

    My dad passed away of cancer this year, and that inspired me to start writing again after a break for a few years. It felt good to share. I actually made it PUBLIC because I wanted to pass along something to anyone who needed to read it. Sometimes you just feel like there is something you should share, and maybe you could help say the words they can't...or just aren't sure how.

    Today was the day
    So many years ago
    You came into this world,
    Bringing a special glow.

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    My dad passed away in 1997. He was shot 4 times in his back. There is still not a day that goes by that I don't think about him.

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  7. 5. My Dad, My Angel

    This is a poem I wrote after my father passed away from prostate cancer. I miss him dearly, only been gone 8 months and it hurts every day.

    Your battle is now over; no more tears flowing down your cheek,
    no more pain, no more suffering; now you are no longer weak.
    I still do not understand why this had to happen to you,
    but I am proud to say you are my dad, the greatest man I ever knew.

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    I lost my dad 2 years ago on the 22nd of July. A week after his birthday and 4 days after mine. He was battling stage 4 bone cancer. I miss him a lot, and when I was growing up he was in and...

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  8. 6. Goodbye Dad

    • By Leanne Brady
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017

    My dad recently died from pancreatic cancer. It was a very short time from diagnosis to his final breath, and not once through all the complications he suffered did he complain. Even his final hours were quiet and drama free, just like the man he was. He was a man who worked hard, never bemoaning life, always accepting how things were and enjoying the moment. He taught me a lot about what matters and how to just be happy. He is missed every day.

    It's never the right time
    To say goodbye.
    I will miss you, Dad,
    And here is why.

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    My precious daddy died on April 9, 1967, at the age of 68. He, too, had pancreatic cancer. I was a young married woman with a toddler. He was one of nine children, born in Georgia. He was a...

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  9. 7. Can't Accept That You're Gone

    My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February of 2007, and for 3 years he tried to fight this killer, but the cancer won. I miss him every day, and I write to help me through my pain. This is just a poem I wrote describing how I feel. He has been gone a year and a half now, and even though I was by his side when he died, I still cannot even for a minute believe he is really gone. Love and miss you, Dad. You are my Angel.

    I hate that I can't see your face,
    except for a picture on my mirror.

    But I love that when I look at it,

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    Mourning The Loss Of A Father, Can't Accept That You're Gone

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    I'll be honest, this really hit me hard. It made 7 years that my dad has been gone on April 8th. He died April 8th, 2015, due to stage 5 pancreatic cancer that spread to the lungs. According...

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  10. 8. For My Daddy

    • By Christina Caburnay
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2014

    My Daddy was a brave man who fought his multiple medical conditions courageously throughout the years. From Type I Diabetes, respiratory failure, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, fungal pneumonia (blastomycosis), cataracts, arthritis, neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, to suffering a major and minor heart attack. He had a triple bypass in 2002, a life-saving procedure in 2012, and was a dialysis patient for nearly 8 years. He was a man of humor, kindness, and humility.

    Have you seen my Daddy?
    I don't know where he's gone.
    Sometimes it hurts so much
    I can't seem to carry on.

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    I lost my dad in 2015; it was so very painful. My father had been admitted in hospitals many times, and so I, being a little girl of 10 years of age then, thought he would be just fine this...

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  11. 9. My Dad

    • By Disarae G. Kuhn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Death is not the end; it is only a bridge to another place.

    I know this man
    Who is dear to my heart.
    Suddenly one day
    It was torn all apart.

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    When I lost my dad to suicide, I read this poem to my family. I then decided that I wanted to share this with our close family at his service. Any day when I really miss him and when it's...

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  12. 10. Wish You Were Here

    It's been three long months since my dear dad passed away. l dedicate this to him. l cherish the past we shared but miss the future we will not have.

    Three months have passed.
    I'll never forget the day
    Someone rang to tell me
    That you'd gone away.

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    About two months ago I lost my father. I cannot say that it was unexpected, yet now I realize that there is nothing in life that can prepare us to bear this void. He remained in the intensive...

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  13. 11. Dear Pop

    I wrote this poem for men who don't know how to say goodbye to their father who has passed away.

    Once you had told me
    When you were gone
    I'd pick up the pieces
    I would go on

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  14. 12. My Dad

    • By Lisa34
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2018

    I lost my dad on March 10th, so I wrote this poem for my son to read at his funeral. He made me and granddad very, very proud. I always wrote him poems as a kid, so I wanted to write him one one last time.

    We miss your face; you were taken too soon.
    Your beaming smile that lit up the room,
    Them cheeky dimples and twinkle in your eye.
    We keep asking ourselves why, oh why.

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    I woke up early many, many times. I just couldn't sleep. I was sitting in my room looking at my dad's picture, wondering why he couldn't be a part of my future. Uncontrolled tears stream down...

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  15. 13. Child Of Mine

    • By Theresa Cassidy
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2012

    I lost my dad at the age of 10 but have always believed that he is still around. I started writing poetry at the age of 17. Most of my poems are spiritually based, especially about angels. I didn't know where my talent for writing poetry came from, but last year I found out that my dad also wrote poems and sent them to local newspapers. It meant a lot to me to know that I had inherited this from him. I am the mother of 2 girls and expecting my first grandchild in early December.

    He's walking towards me surrounded by light
    I can't believe this miraculous sight
    It can't be him, I know he is dead
    But as I look towards him, he's shaking his head

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    Seven years ago my dad passed away. My son and him were very close. After he passed, my son would get up in the morning and say I saw grandpa last night. I was always a little skeptical. As...

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  16. 14. Father

    My dad passed away, and I write to work through it. Hope you like it!

    Forever in my heart,
    Always on my mind.
    Together again we will be, all in God's time.
    Heaven gained another angel the day you left.

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    I am so sorry for your loss. I was searching for words to add to my father's tribute. My sister sent me this poem. I would like to use it with your permission.

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  17. 15. Let Go Dad, Give In

    • By Denise N. Thorndale
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2018

    My dad passed away earlier this year. He had a brain tumor and was on the gurney going to surgery when he suffered a massive heart attack. He was brought back by shock and CPR, spent 10 days in ICU, had multiple organ failure, and was on life support but fought back. Dad came back to us, had 6 weeks for his heart to get strong enough to try and remove the tumor, but a scan showed it was now too big and too late. He suffered 3 further painful months.

    My darling Dad, you suffered
    More than we could bear to see.
    "Please let go, Dad; give in.
    Your soul then can be free."

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    Hi Denise, My father passed November 25, 2017 at 10:28pm. This is exactly the same experience that I had, and he always called me his Baby Girl. Everything you said in here was like a...

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  18. 16. Going Home

    • By Melony M. Pryor
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2018

    My father passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He had a bad reaction to the chemo he was taking and spent his last 10 days in a hospital. It was Christmastime and he wanted so badly to go home. He felt so much better the day before he died and the doctor told him he may go home tomorrow. His tomorrow came but not the way any of us imagined. My brother and I held his hand as he took his final breaths that next morning.

    Today is the day
    You've waited for so long.
    Oh how we wish this was a dream.
    Yesterday you seemed so strong.

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  19. 17. Always In My Heart

    I wrote this poem for my Dad. He passed away from prostate cancer, and it has been one whole year since he has been gone, and it still hurts like if it were yesterday. I love and miss him so much. This poem just shows some of my feelings that I am going through right now.

    Dad,
    You have been gone one whole year and nothing is the same.
    It seems like it was just yesterday that the angels called your name.
    Every morning when I wake up, I think it was just a nightmare,

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    Poem About The Anniversary Of Dad's Death, Always In My Heart

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  20. 18. The Gift God Gave Me Was You

    • By Lea Gomez
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    I will never say goodbye to you, my father,
    because I know this is not the end for us to see each other.
    You will only be going to a place where there's no pain or suffering.
    I am happy for you, for you will be with God.

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    This poem is the most beautiful thing I have ever read. I just lost my Dad. I was a Daddy's Girl, and he was my very best friend. I became an engineer because he was an engineer. I looked up...

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  21. 19. Goodnight Dad, God Bless

    • By Fiona Tunilla
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014

    I wrote this poem for my beautiful dad who lost his battle with cancer.

    You used to spoil me rotten
    With all your love and care
    But now each time I look for you
    You suddenly aren't there

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    My daddy passed away recently from pneumonia after fighting lung and bone cancer. It's been a difficult time but knowing that he's not in pain anymore and that he's at rest has really helped....

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  22. 20. I Hope I Make You Proud, Dad

    • By Jodie Ogle
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2013

    Written for the anniversary of my father's death. My hero, my best friend. Missed every single day.

    I hope I make you proud, Dad; even though you're no longer here,
    Your memory grows stronger with every passing year.

    At the end it was a battle, one you weren't to win.

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    I was 15 years old when my dad left us. I could not believe it. I love you for being you and raising us differently than others. The way you guided me was very different. Though I am a girl,...

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