Mourning Poems

Mourning Poems

Words About Mourning The Loss Of A Loved One

From ancient times, mankind has mourned its losses. Every culture has its way of expressing grief. There is even evidence that animals express grief and mourn for those that are no longer with them. It is a sad fact that many people choose not to set aside time to mourn the death of a loved one. This is unfortunate because mourning is necessary for the mental health of the living and it is also a way of paying respect to the dead.

27 Poems for Paying Respect For The Dead

  1. 1. Taken From Me

    Losing the one person who mattered most is painful.

    I'm sitting here in my room, looking at your picture,
    wondering why you couldn't be a part of my future.
    Uncontrollable tears stream down my face,
    while my heartbeat starts to race.

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    We lost my beautiful nephew on April 1, 2017. He had a contagious smile and beautiful blue eyes. He just got engaged to the love of his life. We are a very close family, so much so that we...

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  3. 2. Tell Me It's Okay

    • By Tiffany Underwood
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2018

    I wrote this after having lost a baby. It would have been our second child (and first daughter). We named her Casey Lynn.
    A quote I love always comes to mind when thinking of her:
    "An angel in the Book of Life
    wrote down my baby's birth;
    then whispered as she closed the book -
    Too beautiful for Earth."
    Fly high on angel wings, my love! (12-4-07)

    Tell me it's okay
    To just want to cry.
    Tell me it's okay
    To never say goodbye.

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  5. 3. Pain Told Love

    I wrote this poem after listening to a song about losing someone you love. Whether it's losing family or friends through death or through drifting apart, it feels horrible to lose someone you love. So I hope this poem can help someone see that the pain doesn't last.

    Pain told love I'm not here to stay.
    Once I've taught all I can, I'll be on my way.
    It might be tomorrow or next month or year.
    Each lesson is learned with every new tear.

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    Wow, this is an absolutely beautiful poem! Although I haven't experienced loss on this level personally, it still touched me deeply. There is hope and love after loss, even if it takes a...

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  6. 4. A Farewell

    Alfred Tennyson (1809 - 1892) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. In this beautiful poem, Alfred Lord Tennyson compares the short life span of Man to the seemingly eternal lifespan of nature. He expresses a longing to live on for eternity. However, nature lives on forever, while humans live for but a short time. The rivulet moves on to becomes a river and then it merges in to the sea where it stays for eternity. Interestingly, a great poet's work lives on even after their death.

    Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,
    Thy tribute wave deliver:
    No more by thee my steps shall be,
    For ever and for ever.

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  7. 5. Forgotten Dreams

    My wife, Ann, passed away at age 63, two years before we were both ready to retire from work. All our plans and dreams for a happy retirement were destroyed in that one moment.

    In a silent world of forgotten dreams,
    Where disappointments and heartaches lie.
    A world where hopes and dreams have died
    And bid their last goodbye.

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  8. 6. It's Me

    My partner's 28-year-old son was found dead on the 7th of June after being missing for 11 days. His body was found in a wooded area and was badly decomposed. The family was not allowed to see him or even have a lock of his hair. This was a drug related death, which has left another family torn, devastated, feeling guilty because they couldn't prevent it. It's just another 'junkie' some may say, but no, it's someone's child, someone's brother, and it could happen to any family. More awareness is needed.

    Hey, you guys, don't feel guilty,
    It was just my time to go.
    I can see you're all feeling sad,
    I can see the tears still flow.

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    This poem touched me and fit my situation. My brother, John, died about a year ago on May 12th from an overdose of Heroin laced with Fentanyl. He was 54 years old and had started on drugs...

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  9. 7. If Heaven Had A Window

    Losing someone you love is so very difficult. Every day I look for signs that my mother is still with me. She was and always will be my greatest love. God bless all of you who have lost a loved one.

    If heaven had a window and God granted me a view
    of all the beauty it beholds, I'd only look for you.
    I'd listen for your laughter that was always music to me.
    Your beautiful hair and hazel eyes are what I'd wish most to see.

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    On August 2, 2019, my younger brother was in a motorcycle accident that ruptured his aorta. He had surgery and came out okay. I left the hospital, which was against my better judgement. He...

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  10. 8. Is That You?

    • By Robyn O'Rourke
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2011

    My 33-year-old son died unexpectedly on the fist day of Spring, 2010. He died during a seizure in his sleep. His cause of death remains unknown. I am still grieving. He was my only child. He was my life.

    Is that you?
    The falling star in the night,
    So pure, so bright.

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    My son's girlfriend who had lived with us died at the young age of thirty. Trina was such a sweet girl. She was like a daughter to me. It's been 5 weeks but seems like yesterday. She had...

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  11. 9. God's Angel

    • By Melissa Tucker
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2011

    Poem about the pain of losing a loved one

    How do I say this
    And where do I start
    Everything hurts
    Especially my heart

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    I had a missed miscarriage at 8 weeks pregnant, something I had never heard of but was told is more common than we think. I ache with every inch and hurt with every bone. People say in time...

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  12. 10. 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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  13. 11. How It Will Be

    • By Steven Campbell
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2010

    I lost my brother when I was only 7, he broke my heart. But our love is forever. Driving and being under the influence of anything is not worth it, trust me. It destroys families.

    It feels like it's been forever
    since I've seen your face.
    I miss you so much.
    In my heart you will always hold a special place.

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    My brother passed on November 26th 2014, the night before thanksgiving. He passed from a car accident drinking and driving. He swerved into another car's lane and died instantly. He was my...

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  14. 12. No Celebration

    Since losing many loved ones, Christmas and New Year's celebrations have lost all meaning. They only highlight your loss, knowing nothing can change.

    What's the point of celebrating
    When the ones you loved have gone?
    It's only the beginning of another year,
    Another year of struggling alone.

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    Strangely, this kinda relates to me, as many family members such as my uncles, grand-parents, and my father passed a few years ago around the holidays, and often times all you feel is grief...

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  15. 13. Why You?

    • By Annemarie Castle
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2008

    As each day passes,
    I sit and wonder why.
    Why you were taken
    without a chance to say goodbye?

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    Thank you. My mom passed away two years ago now, and I've always felt like no one understood me. I feel like crap every day, and although my life has only begun, it feels like my glorious...

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  16. 14. Sometimes In Our Lives

    This poem was written for someone special in my life who passed away.

    Sometimes in our lives
    we feel a great deal of pain
    because we lose someone special.
    These feelings we can't explain.

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  17. 15. Grandpa

    • By Katie Thompson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008

    I wrote this poem after my grandpa passed away. I was so sad when I lost him, and this poem explains it all.

    The other day I lost you.
    How will I ever make it through?

    I had to watch you be in all that pain.

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  18. 16. Monsters

    • By Phyllis Roberts
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008

    I wrote this the day after my mom passed away. On her death certificate it states, "Failure to thrive." My mother was tired of being ill and dependent on me; she choose to go be with God because she quit eating. Oh, how I begged and pleaded for her just to take a bite of this or that. I would cook all her favorites trying to entice her to eat. Nothing worked. See, it "WAS" her choice. But I miss her each and every day. I was bitter for a long time but have learned to accept.

    You were tired, I saw it in your face.
    The end was coming at a fast pace.
    But how I wanted you to stay...
    In time, I came to understand

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    My heart is broken. My eyes are sad. My cheeks are wet. I have never been despaired. It's hard for me to describe how I feel right now. I feel so sad and disappointed. I was always there for...

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  19. 17. Respects To Love

    • By April Lovelady
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2009

    I wrote this poem for our fallen heroes, as well as the family heroes who carry on with dignity after their loved one has been laid to rest. My heart goes out to the husbands, wives, and children who share the burden of the ultimate sacrifice.

    Oh darling, my sweet darling,
    today we left the base.
    I'm sad and I am lonely,
    and I ache to see your face.

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  20. 18. The Locket

    For all who have lost a mother, my heart goes out to you. My mom passed away from cancer Sept 2, 2012. I wonder if my heart will ever stop breaking. Her pictures are in my locket and I wear it every day. She was a wonderful mother and I miss her more than words can say. I know she is with the Lord now and not suffering anymore and someday when God calls me home I will see her again. God bless.

    I have a special locket that rest above my heart,
    it holds your beautiful pictures while we must be apart.
    It's my hope that you're still with me no matter come what may,
    so I know that I can talk to you every single day.

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    I loved this poem it made me think of my husband as I had a locket after his passing with his picture and some of his ashes so he will always be with me when I wear it.

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  21. 19. To My Grandpa

    • By Victoria Jones
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2008

    This is a poem I wrote for my grandpa who died April 20, 2008.

    Who would have thought you would go so soon?
    With you being gone, my life has so much gloom.
    I hate the fact you've gone away, but in my
    Heart, I know you'll stay.

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    I'm sorry for your loss! My Pawpaw passed away Jan. 6, 2012, unexpectedly! It was a shock, because my Dad and Aunt had seen him the day before and he looked fine to them! We were going to go...

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  22. 20. Cassidy

    • By Danny Blackburn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011

    This is a reflection of a beautiful young woman, a life, my niece. She was taken from this world on October 25, 2010, as the result of an accident where she was a passenger in a car. The words, though put together by me, are reflections that I had overheard from people who knew and loved her. Cassidy Rotramel and one of her best friends, Hannah Christian, were both killed that fatal fall day. Girls, you will remain young, loved, and cherished forever.

    Does just seeing me come your way make you smile?
    Have I ever done something silly, something that made you laugh?
    Does the sound of my voice give you joy?
    Does the touch of my hand give you warmth in your heart?

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