Loss Poems

Loss Poems

Poems about the Loss of a Loved One

When we lose something that is precious to us, we are left with a feeling of sadness. Whether it is a precious friend or even a treasured object, the loss can be hard to bear. It is as if a part of you has gone missing. Throughout our life we amass collections of friends and treasured possessions. Having close relationships help us feel as if we are not alone in the world. When we lose someone or something that is precious to us, we may realize that there is a certain aloneness that can never be filled. Ultimately the condition of life is one of being alone before God.

28 Poems about Losing Someone You Love

  1. 1. One Art

    Possibly her most famous poem, Elizabeth Bishop's,"One Art" is a villanelle, a 6 stanza poem that consists of five tercets (3 line stanzas), and one concluding quatrain (4 line stanza). For more about this challenging poetry form see How To Write a Villanelle.
    This poem is about loss and starts off light with a touch of humor, but loss is certainly not a humorous topic and as the stanzas go on the losses mount. Losing our most precious possessions, our friends and loved ones is a most difficult burden. Bishop lost both her parents as a child. Her father died when she was an infant and her mother was committed to an Insane Asylum when she was five. She never saw her mother again and grew up in the homes of various relatives.

    The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
    so many things seem filled with the intent
    to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

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  3. 2. Eternal Love

    • By Alan E. Owen
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2017

    There is turmoil in the loss of a loved one, yet in the end there is a peace of knowing someone so special and how their love is greater than the pain.

    The blue skies turn to grey.
    No more stories.
    You've gone away.

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  5. 3. Loved And Lost

    This poem was written a few years back when my granny died. I had family members die when I was young, but I wasn't old enough to understand how much it hurts. I didn't think twice about putting my feeling on paper into a poem.

    When you lose
    someone you love,
    life will change,
    you rearrange,

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    This is such a beautiful poem; it touches my heart and soul. Some dear friends of the family just passed away, and I want to share this with them. It feels like I lost four of my siblings...

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  6. 4. Found You

    • By Sheryl Bates
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2016

    For everybody who has grieved, lost someone, and is wandering.

    We know loss
    Because we've felt love and hope.
    We know sadness
    Because we've understood happiness.

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    I have lost an ex-lover in a car accident and a babe born sleeping. I've found it easier to accept death from old age and illness, including my grandma who brought me up. I am blessed today...

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  7. 5. We Are Seven

    In this poem, Williams Wordsworth (1770-1850) addresses big questions about life and death. The speaker in the poem is talking with a little girl about her family. Two of the children in her family have died, but she continues to tell the man that she has seven members in her family. The man, however, tries to convince her that her family consists of only five now. She will not change her mind - for her brother and sister will always be a part of her family. This poem is written in the form of a ballad, which is generally narrative and follows the ABAB rhyme scheme.

    ———A simple Child,
    That lightly draws its breath,
    And feels its life in every limb,
    What should it know of death?

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    I read this poem many, many years ago in a children's poem book. When my youngest brother passed...I was broken. At his funeral, someone said, "There are only 5 of you now." I thought of this...

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  8. 6. Time Fades

    • By Kathy Hood
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2013

    I am a 36-year-old who has lost both her parents and is struggling to find who I am again.

    The struggles I face
    from day to day

    Are struggles that won't

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    One day when I was 15 and in 8th grade, I went home early because I was puking my guts out. when the nurse called my mom, she came and got me and told me I needed to lie down. When I woke up...

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  9. 7. Cancer

    • By Savannah Bennett
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2012

    My name is Savannah Bennett, I wrote this poem about my grandma that past away from leukemia a year ago. She held my family together, now that she is gone we have been falling apart... But I always tell myself that she will always be by my side through the good time's and the bad.

    Since the day I saw you,
    since the day we met,
    I knew this I wouldn't forget.
    I have loved you more than life itself,

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    Heartfelt. It brought back memories of the time I saw my father dead in his armchair watching TV, with a trickling tear on his cheek.

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  10. 8. Suffering Up Close

    My poem is not a happy one, it is sad and it is real, and at some point in life many will come face to face with some type of suffering, but the most heart breaking suffering is that of someone we love, and we can be so close yet feel so helpless. I am sure that there are others that have felt this type of pain.

    Suffering up close is so different from afar,
    it's the supreme test in life,
    to show what strengths there are.

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    Dear Melissa, I am so sorry it took me so long to reply to you. I am sorry for the loss of your father, my heart goes out to you. I wrote "Suffering Up Close" after my precious mother passed...

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  11. 9. Your Light Still Shines

    The hardest thing to explain is the hurt one feels when losing a loved one. Although, sharing one's grief with others through poetry does help a little.

    I miss our moments together,
    I treasure each memory.
    You left with the key to my heart;
    Your life lives on through me.

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  12. 10. Who Would You Be Today?

    This poem was written a few days after my best friend died. It has now been 7 months and the guy stays on my mind all day. I love you Bobby!!!

    Could you imagine a pain so deep down inside
    That it can not be summarized in words you simply can write.
    A pain that touches your toes and up to the top of the ceiling
    You can't eat, you can't sleep, that is the pain that I am feeling.

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    I loss my best friend/spiritual brother of 24 years in September 2017 to cancer. I miss him so much. I think of him just about every day. I have asked God "why" so many times. It was the...

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  13. 11. A Triolet Of Heartbreak

    Losing someone you love is always heartbreaking, whether it's through death or the end of a relationship. I have chosen to write about it in the form of a triolet.

    A triolet is a poem written in a set form consisting of eight lines with a rhyme scheme of only two rhyme endings and certain repeated lines. Specifically ABaAabAB - the capitals signify repeated lines, the other letters signify matching rhyme endings.

    Why did you have to go away
    and leave me with a broken heart.
    I prayed and prayed that you would stay,
    why did you have to go away.

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  14. 12. I've Always Been The Lucky One

    I utilize writing as an outlet. My grandmother, who also raised me as a mother and acted as a best friend, passed away on August 7, 2016. The loss left me with these words that flowed out as smoothly as the tears that rushed down my face. She was the glue that held me together, but now she is the wind that pushes me forward.

    My soul has been split in two.
    The better piece of me is still with you.
    I'll carry your memory with me always.
    One step at a time for the rest of my days.

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  15. 13. Strong

    • By Kelvin Jernigan
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2010

    I wrote this poem on the day of my brother's funeral because the whole week I haven't cried because I have to be strong for my family. Though it's hurting me, I know he is proud of me.

    I have to be strong not for me
    But for everyone else
    I want to cry I want to scream
    But no one can see my hollow tears

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    I'm so sorry for your loss but I promise you the strongest thing you can do is cry WITH your family. Don't stuff it inside trust me I know what I'm talking about. It will either come out...

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  16. 14. A Dog's Passing (Tanka)

    We recently lost our beloved dog to cancer. I miss her so much.

    This poem is in Tanka form:
    Line 1 - 5 syllables
    Line 2 - 7 syllables
    Line 3 - 5 syllables
    Line 4 - 7 syllables
    Line 5 - 7 syllables

    She has left a void,
    the rooms too quiet, too still,
    the yard just a yard,
    for in her absence we see

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  17. 15. Goodbye To My Dad

    • By Debra Marie
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2009

    Ode to the memory of Charles Irving Stratton III

    By Debra Marie Stratton-VanBuskirk

    Goodbye dad I had to say
    A few months ago on a cold winter day
    I'll remember the good times and try not to be sad
    But saying goodbye still hurts so bad

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    I lost my Dad on February 17, 2019. Then on March 7, 2019, I lost my Mom. It has been so very hard for me. I don't wanna believe both my parents are gone. I want everyone to cherish your...

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  18. 16. Loved Ones

    • By Laura L. Lewis
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    The loss of a loved one is never easy, and this author has lost a bunch. This poem is a tribute to them.

    Loved ones are precious.
    I know this for a fact,
    And when you lose one,
    It's like an attack.

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    About 4 years ago, I lost my cousin to suicide. At first, I kind of felt numb and that it wasn't real. The last few years , I have had break downs every month or so where I just cry about it,...

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  19. 17. Real Pain

    • By Tami
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2008

    This is how it feels when you lose a parent.

    Real Pain:
    empty inside,
    hard to breath tears run down my face,
    I can't breath,...

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  20. 18. Tragic Angels

    • By Crystal Davenport
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2009

    I have always believed "It is better to have loved and lost, then to not have loved at all". Sometimes the best poems to read are the hardest to write, but I believe they need to be shared.

    It was a cold dark night
    Riding over a bridge
    Flashes of light straight ahead
    I crossed the white line...

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    Your poem is beautiful its short but the words have a nice flow to them

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  21. 19. Words Can't Explain How Much I Miss You!!!

    • By Ammie
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2010

    I am 24 years old. I lost my dad to heart disease when I was 18. I lost my mom to breast cancer last year. I wrote this to be published for the first anniversary of her death. It is short and to the point. To me, it is raw! Words cannot express the void that I possess because my mom is gone. The pain is absolutely horrible!!!

    I don't think that you ever imagined how much pain I would be in once you were gone,
    Because if you had; you wouldn't have left me.
    Words cannot express the amount of emotions that have come with trying to let you go.
    Every day has been a struggle....

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    Wow this is an amazing poem, I know exactly what you going through. I lost my mother when I was 9 years old and this year I'm turning 27 years but still I miss her now and then it still feels...

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  22. 20. Alone

    • By Jenny Kellison
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2015

    This is a poem I wrote right after my brother committed suicide.

    As I sit here writing this with tears rolling down my cheeks,
    I’ve never felt so alone.
    The darkness is total, the hate is rising.
    My rage is consuming the person I used to be.

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    Hi Mitamily28, I'm sorry about your brother. It sounds like you really loved him a lot and that he was a blessing to your whole family. Listen, it's not your fault your brother isn't here...

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