Grief Poems

Grief Poems

Poems about Grief, Coping and Life After Loss

A family is like a body. When a family loses a loved one, it is as if they have lost one of their limbs. The contribution that was made by the family member that was lost can never be replaced. That person is gone. What that person has brought to the family is gone. Is it important for the family to take time to grieve for this loss. Doing so is a matter of respect for the relative that has passed. It is also a step that the family must take to acknowledge its loss. If we do not take the time to honor the lost relative, it is as if we are saying that they didn't matter to us.

28 Poems For Grieving After The Loss of a Loved One

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  1. 1. I Measure Every Grief I Meet

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    I measure every Grief I meet
    With narrow, probing, eyes –
    I wonder if It weighs like Mine –
    Or has an Easier size.

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    Penny, you are so right to be honest and tell it like it is for you because that's how I feel as well. It's ok not to be ok. My daughter died on May 23, 2019, of a drug overdose. She had...

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  3. 2. Echo

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    Come to me in the silence of the night;
    Come in the speaking silence of a dream;
    Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright
    As sunlight on a stream;

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  5. 3. Dirge Without Music

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    I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
    So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
    Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
    With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

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  6. 4. Afternoon In February

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    The day is ending,
    The night is descending;
    The marsh is frozen,
    The river dead.

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  7. 5. Seasons Of Grief


    • By Belinda Stotler
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2012 with permission of the Author.

    Shall I wither and fall like an autumn leaf,
    From this deep sorrow - from this painful grief?
    How can I go on or find a way to be strong?
    Will I ever again enjoy life's sweet song?

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    We, (humanity,) are facing an epidemic of loneliness. It is why there are so many heartbreaking stories of children, being lost to drugs and/or gang violence. When we see someone that we try...

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  8. 6. How We Survive


    • By Mark Rickerby
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008 with permission of the Author.

    If we are fortunate,
    we are given a warning.

    If not,

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    Very few poems touch me the way this one has. You have managed to put into words the grieving process I went through when I lost my parents...most of all you have shown that there is a light...

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  9. 7. Sometimes


    • By Colleen Ranney
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2012 with permission of the Author.

    Sometimes I catch a glimpse,
    In softened waves of blue,
    My child, my heart ...when I see a smile,
    I can't help but think of you.

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    Dearest Beverly - I just went through losing my beloved partner of 13 years, and my dearest girlfriend sent me a poem that really put things as they really are. I had my own notion of grief....

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  10. 8. Broken


    • By Veronica Mcmickle And Nada Hottinger
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 19, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    Life, it hurts. It hurts so bad.
    You're supposed to be here, and it makes me mad.
    I know you're not gone because you live in me.
    They say I'm strong, but how dare you leave!

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  11. 9. Heartache

    I wasn't there to say goodbye,
    to reminisce of times gone by.

    I wasn't there to make you smile,

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    Six years ago, my mother was in the hospital. She had congestive heart failure. After my dad would get back from the hospital, I would always ask him if she was getting better. One day, he...

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  12. 10. This Basket Of Burdens

    • By Debbie
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2010 with permission of the Author.

    My Basket of burdens
    Is filled with the grief of my loss
    It is so heavy to carry
    Although this road I must cross.

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    I was touched by this poem because I lost 4 of my closest family members in this year due to Covid. My little sister who was about to get married this year passed away due to Covid in April...

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  13. 11. A Call From Heaven

    • By Zeb Edington
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2018 with permission of the Author.

    I lie awake long into the night,
    Hoping that maybe you just might
    Give me a call to say you're okay
    And let me know you made it through the day.

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  14. 12. Shore Of Sorrow's Sea

    By the shore of Sorrow's sea,
    waves of tears roll endlessly,

    cries that pierce this misty veil,

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  15. 13. Heavenly Rose

    • By John P. Read
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2019 with permission of the Author.

    I wonder, is there Valentine's Day in heaven?
    For the one I love is there.
    I would love to send her some flowers
    To let her know how much I care.

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    Brother John,
    That's so, so touching and beautiful.
    I believe there's a Saint Valentine's Day in heaven and that flowers grow there.
    Do not worry, do not despair for roses are abundant in...

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  16. 14. In My Mind And My Heart

    Forgive me if I cry
    But there is nothing else to do
    If only God could have warned me
    That my life would be without you

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  17. 15. January's Child Of Mine

    January's child of mine,
    sweet miracle of God's design.

    Oh, how I can recall the night.

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  18. 16. I Don't Want My Boy To Go

    • By Lisa E. Sheroan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    Deep sadness overcame me
    When I heard the dreadful news
    God, please say it isn't so
    I don't want my boy to go

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    How I feel for you in the writing of this poem. I have recently lost my husband to cancer and now my beloved daughter-in-law has been diagnosed with cancer of the brain. Cancer is so cruel....

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  19. 17. The Night Sky

    • By Lisa E. Sheroan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    Looking up at the moonlit sky
    In the quiet of the night
    I found a truth that stilled my soul
    In a tiny speck of light

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  20. 18. Without You

    • By Ashley Bahr
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2017 with permission of the Author.

    Why is the world still spinning?
    Doesn't it know you're gone?
    It's an end or some kind of beginning
    But for everyone else life goes on

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    You know, I still sit around daily feeling crestfallen and betrayed by God for having taken my very best friend away from me. This above poem describes the way I am feeling now. I lost my...

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  21. 19. I'm So Alone After Mom Died

    • By Theola
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2007 with permission of the Author.

    I'm so alone, it's so dark...
    When is the sun going to shine again?

    The sky is dark, my world is grey....

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    I lost my Mama on August 19, 1994. I can relate to this poem so much. I miss my mother still so much even after all these years. I was an only child, so I was probably even closer to my Mama...

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  22. 20. Grieving For A Loved One

    • By Carolynn F
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2013 with permission of the Author.

    I shed a tear, I feel quite numb
    another loss, thoughts of a dearly beloved one.
    They say time heals, give it a while,
    remember all the happy times and smiles,

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    I am so sorry to hear of your losses. I wrote this a while ago, and although I can't say you will ever get over them, I have found a way to re-adjust. Since then, my friend lost her husband...

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