Husband Death Poems

Husband Death Poems

Loss of Husband Poems

Husbands are, for many wives, their source of comfort, love, joy, and companionship. Many wives consider their husband to be their confidant and best friend. To lose the man they have relied on for so long can be utterly devastating. For those who have not experienced the loss of a husband, it is impossible to understand the depth of the pain a wife feels. It is a pain so deep, the human mind only comes to accept the harsh reality gradually. Widows and her supportive friends and family can honor their loved one by recounting a kind gesture or amusing stories involving him.

33 Poems Paying Tribute to the Passing of Husbands

  1. 1. Time Does Not Bring Relief (Sonnet II)

    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) was considered one of the most skillful writers of sonnets during the 1900s. This poem is a Petrarchan sonnet that follows the rhyme scheme ABBA ABBA CDEECD. She writes of the pain experienced from the death of a loved one. Everything reminds her of him, and the passing of time does not ease the immense hurt she is experiencing, even though people said it would. Anyone who has lost someone they’ve loved will be able to relate to the raw emotion in this poem.

    Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
    Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
    I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
    I want him at the shrinking of the tide;

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    I relate to her deep pain, I lost my precious son Chris a little over 3 years ago, suddenly. Now my heart and my soul are shattered forever on this earth, my life altered. I'm yet in that...

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  3. 2. Stillness

    In 1970, I moved to Milwaukee to finish my undergraduate work. Coming from a small city, I was lost in the vastness of big city life. I knew virtually no one and by chance heard on the radio about a dating service. With hesitancy, I signed up. After having gone out with various gentlemen, on a particular first date a night in September 1971, Cupid struck. The minute I laid eyes on Jim, I knew I would marry him. On September. 1, 2018, after 46 years of marriage, I lost the love of my life.

    Eternal lights flicker
    In a distant sky.
    Where have you gone;
    Why did you die?

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    Thank you for your beautiful poem and supporting words. My lovely husband and soulmate died two weeks ago, quite unexpected, at the age of 50. I am 30. He was everything to me, so loving,...

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  5. 3. To Fill Her Heart With Hope

    I wrote this poem for my wonderful mum who felt so very alone when my dad passed away. I wrote it to fill her heart with some sort of hope.

    She got up this morning,
    sun shining through the blind.
    She took a look in the mirror,
    and something crossed her mind.

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    This wonderful morning I woke up realizing you're two hours away, sick, and unable to play. I said my prayers and begged God to keep you safe and to heal all your strife and illness away. A...

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  6. 4. Missing You

    My husband passed away in 2005. Everyone thinks that I am strong and have moved on. I am still grieving, but no one wants to listen. No one wants to hear that. "Adequate time has passed," they say. What is adequate time? I was left with a 5 year old son, so I had to continue on, but I still feel so depressed and alone at times. My son is now my life. He is what gives me any semblance of what is supposed to be "strong."

    I sit alone now in the darkness of despair.
    I cry my silent tears.
    My heart is broken into a million tiny pieces.
    The silence is deafening to my ears.

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    I lost my husband almost a year ago to the date, June 23, 2019. We were together for 13 years, married 3. We experienced all of the for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health before...

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  7. 5. My Lost Love

    • By Anne Spiller
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2010

    To my darling husband who died in March 2008. This poem has helped me to express my feelings to all who are going through the same situation as me.

    I have only just lost you; the pain is hard to bear.
    Do I have to go through life knowing you're not there?
    Please, someone explain to me why he had to go.
    Are there any reasons, I really need to know?

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    I lost my husband 3 months ago. My heart is still aching as strongly as the day he died. He was not ill, and was taken from me suddenly. I suppose that is the hardest part. I had no time to...

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  8. 6. 'Til Death Do Us Part

    • By Alex
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2018

    I am a 21-year-old woman training to be a teacher. I have experienced quite a few deaths of friends and family and have seen how this can affect people.

    When life seems a blur,
    And I can't quite believe
    That I'm living without you
    And you were taken from me,

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    Thank you for saying what I feel. Just lost my husband and not sure where to go from here or what to feel. I know life is for the living and I must muster the strength and courage to continue...

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  9. 7. Now That You're Gone

    • By Roselyn Dj. Sarmiento
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2017

    I was able to create this poem two months after my husband died. It was an unexpected parting. We got married in 2004. On March 21, 2008 (it was Holy Friday), he passed away. I was left unprepared. He died peacefully in his sleep. Our only daughter, Danielle Rose, was two years old then. He was 36 and I was 35 at the time. I thought I've outgrown the hurt, but looking at his photographs still brings tears to my eyes.

    You're gone, and all that's left is nothing but memories,
    Memories that lead me to silence and tears.
    I miss your arms that hold me tight,
    Your snore that fills our room at night.

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    Lost my husband on Sept 30, 2020, after a five year progressive illness of Lewy Body Dementia. Watching him go downhill with my two teenage sons, having to miss their graduations from high...

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  10. 8. Where Are You?

    • By Grace A. Mandry
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017

    I was married to my wonderful husband for 46 years - it wasn't enough! My husband loved classic cars and spent lots of his leisure time working on them. We had two wonderful sons. The last ten years were difficult. His health took a downward spiral. He had over 15 bladder cancer operations and many other health challenges, but his concerns were always for his family. He was amazing! I am so lost without him. Despite the title of my poem, I know where he is - in heaven!!

    Why has He taken you from me?
    Torn from my side, where you should be.
    Forty-six years we lived as one
    To stand stronger than we had begun.

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    I identify with many of your grief stories. My husband of almost 35 years died on Christmas Day 2017. He bravely fought cancer for two years. He was an amazing man, a wonderful husband, a...

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  11. 9. Moving Forward

    I lost my husband to cancer when I was 28 and he was 31. This poem was written almost 3 years after he passed. I had been struggling with moving forward and had been asked out on a date. I wrote this when I realized it was okay. I never did go out on that date, but I have dated since then, and it is still hard. I love my husband with everything in me and I always will, but I also know that I am capable of loving again. I just have to allow myself.

    I woke up this morning
    And reached over for you.
    You weren't there, I remembered.
    Now what will I do?

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    Each day I wake since you're gone, drinking coffee, feeling empty and alone. No one to talk to about what we used to share. Trying hard each day not to live in despair. Trying to stay busy,...

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  12. 10. A Wife's Grief

    On Boxing Day 2018, my husband died of bladder cancer. It gives me much pain to look back at his enormous suffering and untimely death, since by the time doctors realized he had cancer, it had already spread. We had been together for 31 years. I miss him so much. Instead of remembering those wonderful moments in our life, I kept seeing the deep sorrow displayed by my husband's eyes on his final days. I wrote this poem to cope with the grief of living without him.

    If death is nothing at all,
    We will be enjoying summer and fall;
    We shall talk and laugh as we have always done,
    Instead of waiting for my time to come.

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  13. 11. With You Again

    • By Jan
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2017

    My husband died in August 2010 of pancreatic cancer. It was 5 weeks from his diagnosis to his death, and the shock was horrendous. I have never felt so alone and empty. I cannot see a future in front of me. I want so badly to talk about him, but people avoid this, and I have to pretend not to mind. I wish people would understand that talking keeps them alive and is important. I pretend to be strong for the sake of my children, but when I get in from work, my world collapses and so do I!

    Fifteen years of happiness just wasn't enough time
    To show the world that you were mine.
    There are no words to express how sad I feel,
    How lost I am without you; it does not feel real.

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    Terry and I had previously been in abusive marriages. We tried to settle with the fact that we would never meet our soulmate! But then it happened in 2013 at ages 51 and 61. Our chaplain said...

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  14. 12. I Will Finally Let You Go!

    This is a story about true love and loss, about letting go of a lifetime with the love of your life. It's an age-old story of what life is truly all about.

    These days, that moment haunts me,
    That first moment we met.
    You were a vision from the heavens
    That I never would forget.

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    Oh Ann, my heart goes out to you. I can only imagine the pain you must be in. Having a lifelong love is such a blessing but watching them be sick would be a torture. I feel stupid trying to...

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  15. 13. I'll Be Missing You

    Missing my husband and all the memories shared and the togetherness. Sometimes I wonder if a person really gets over the missing of a loved one.

    They say that time will heal all wounds.
    I know that could be true.
    It's the lonely in-between times
    That I start missing you.

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    My husband who was a professional boxer developed dementia at age 57 from undetected brain injuries. He was admitted to Bendale Acres Long Term Care at the age of 67. It was so lonely without...

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  16. 14. Kisses On The Wind

    • By Valerie I. Petroff
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 3, 2021

    My husband passed away in 2011. This was written in honor of his memory.

    Time heals all wounds they say,
    but I have one that never goes away.
    The loss of you has left a spot
    deep in my heart that time forgot.

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  17. 15. Our Love Is Forever

    • By Ron Robins
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 24, 2021

    I wrote this for a good friend who lost her husband. The love she had and the loss she felt was plain to see in her grieving eyes. I wanted to help vocalize what I thought she might be feeling. This is for you, Syble.

    Mornings in the summer
    Autumn's evening mist
    Snowflakes on my window
    Solitude exists

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  18. 16. I Am Not That Strong

    • By Rose Carroll
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    For my darling husband, Mike, who lost the battle fighting cancer.

    My Dearest Darling,

    I am not as strong as I thought I was.
    Since you have been gone,

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    I was engaged in my early 20s. It was a deep love that just couldn't be. Life happened, and I married a different wonderful man, who just happened to have been childhood friends with my ex....

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  19. 17. Miss You So

    • By Vivien Hodgkinson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2008

    I wrote this poem to my husband Mike, who died last year after a brave fight with cancer.

    Today I gave you roses.
    I gave you thirty three,
    one red rose for every year
    that you shared with me.

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    This time last week my partner was brutally murdered. Why?? We don't know. J thinks it had something to do with my daughter's car. I looked out of the window. There was a boy smashing her...

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  20. 18. A Love That's Forever

    • By Tarenn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2018

    I am 22. My husband was 25 when he died very unexpectedly. It literally took my breath away, and I have felt lost ever since. We would always tell one another, "I love you till the casket closes," but once he passed, I realized the literal meaning behind those words. Though I feel that I have been going through the motions, I have now turned to writing, one thing that has never failed me.

    I love you.
    I love you too, until the casket closes.
    But when your casket closes,
    Where should my love then go?

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  21. 19. Love Forever Lost

    I wrote this poem a month after my husband Roberto died on February 1, 2004, it is only now that I can look at it without feeling immense pain and want to share it with others who may have had the same lost. Time, it takes time.

    Like A ghost I flitter through the night,
    keeping to the shadows and abhorring the light.

    The night camouflages and no one can see

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    Hi Elisa - My apologies as I see this was 6 years ago. This is so similar to the disaster my wife was given when diagnosed in June with stage 4 lung/brain cancer that took her from me only 2...

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  22. 20. The Loss Of A Child's Father

    • By Elizabeth Dougherty
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2008

    A mourning wife and mother writes a letter to her husband and father of her child who has passed away.

    Your loss came so unexpectedly.
    I thought many more years we would have to share.
    But God had another plan
    and at times the loss and grief are things I just can't bear.

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    I had to respond and thank you for your posting and story. I too lost my partner, husband, and best friend in May of 2010 when our son was only 14 months old. Had it not been for that...

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