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.

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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    I, too, lost my son on 11/20/2002 unexpectedly. He was only 11 1/2 years old. I let him spend the night at his best friend's house, and he never came home again. Apparently there was another...

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  3. 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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    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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  4. 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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    Robert, I hope you and your family found some peace together through this difficult month. I know what it is to do CPR and not have it be enough. I've also had those horrible nightmares and...

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  6. How We Survive

    Comfort After Loss Of A Loved One

    If we are fortunate,
    we are given a warning.

    If not,

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    Eight years ago I lost my fiancée suddenly at 48 years old. Today, I opened some old computer files and found your poem I saved 3 years ago. This poem is so real and vivid it brought me right...

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  7. This Basket Of Burdens

    • By Debbie
    • Published: March 2010
    Faith That God Is With You In Your Grief

    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. My Mask

    Hiding Grief

    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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  10. 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 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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  11. My Dad

    A Poem Of Grief For Dad

    Do you know how it feels to lose someone?
    How you go through grief and pain?
    I know how that feels,
    and how it feels to always live in rain. ...

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    I'm very sorry to learn of your father's passing, and I give my condolences. I have a mother who doesn't like me, a faher who used to beat me up every time he got drunk, but I miss my dad...

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  12. You Live Daddy!

    • By Tessie M. Santiago
    • Published: February 2006

    I stand alone with you in my mind
    Your words taught me how to survive
    Your strength never let me down
    Now you're gone...

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    I was adopted by my grandparents but I treat them just like they were my real parents. Sometimes we don't understand each other but I live with it anyway. We always seem to work it out in the...

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  13. 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.

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