Grief Poems

Poems about Death and Grief

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.

Poems For Grieving After The Loss of a Loved One


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  1. Seasons Of Grief

    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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    Hi everyone, my name is Carlo Jacobs. I lost a cousin last year on the May 2, 2016. I am still trying to come to terms with her sudden departure. It was my girlfriend's birthday the May 3rd....

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  3. Missing Mama

    Lung Cancer Poem

    I awake each morning to start a new day
    But the pain of losing you never goes away.
    I go about the things I have to do
    And as the hours pass I think again of you....

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    I am deeply saddened by the death of my parents. I lost my mother on May 22, 2007, when I was in class 8, and then I lost my father on October 2, 2010, when I was in form 2. Whenever I saw...

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  4. Sometimes

    • By Colleen Ranney
    • Published: January 2012
    Poem For Parent Who Has Lost A Child

    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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    I lost Gary, my beautiful 29 year old son on July 3rd, 2016. He passed after a severe asthma attack that put him into cardiac arrest. I received the call on June 30th, 2016 that he was in the...

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  6. One Year Less

    Poem Grieving Over Loss

    There is no word, no label, no identifying moniker,
    I am not a widow, not an orphan, not childless,
    But one child less.
    One less open laugh and little boy giggle,

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    Lost my youngest son, Rowan, June 3, 2017 from an asthma attack. He was 19 years old. He called out, "Dad," and I held him as he slipped into unconsciousness. Roe and I worked together and...

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  7. This Basket Of Burdens

    • By Debbie
    • Published: March 2010

    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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    My name is Patrick and my wife's name is Tiffany. We just had to lay to rest our three year old son. His name was Peyton. He passed from brain cancer.

  8. Grieving For A Loved One

    • By Carolynn F
    • Published: May 2013

    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 lost my Mama in 2010. I still cannot be the woman I should be. I miss her terribly. My Daddy passed in 2013. My stepdad committed suicide in 2016. My precious dog, Buddy, was shot in...

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  10. How We Survive

    If we are fortunate,
    we are given a warning.

    If not,

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    I am glad there are others in this world who have the talent of being able to put emotions into words. Thank you for sharing your talent. I was grabbed at the expression of sudden horror. I...

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  11. My Mask

    Every morning I wake up and put on a mask.
    The mask makes everything seem all right,
    But they don't know I cry at night.
    The nightmares just won't go away.

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    Wow, dear author of this heart-saddening poem, you may be a child in age, not so in your maturity level and your spirit. Taking on all that grief alone and hidden is hard indeed. I think it...

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  12. A Lost Family Tree

    • By Moneisha S. Madden
    • Published: February 2006

    Sometimes I crawl
    Into my skin
    To lose myself
    From the world...

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    wow I can't believe this is still up here I wrote this many years ago. I'm so glad that my words continue to touch people. Thanks for all the comments and support. More poems coming soon.

  13. When You Got Sick

    • By Abby M. Gamez
    • Published: February 2006

    When you got sick,
    I thought it was the flu.
    You went to lie down,
    With me thinking there was nothing wrong with you....

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    • Votes 96
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