Son Death Poems

Son Death Poems

Memorial Poems for Losing a Son

One of the most tragic and traumatic losses life can deal out to a person is the death of a son. The death of a son means the loss of more than just a precious life. It represents the loss of future experiences and future hopes. No parent is prepared for the loss of a child, and when it happens, their world is changed forever. The grief, guilt, and anguish felt are acute and lasting. Parents can find comfort in knowing that their grief and mourning are normal and that many other parents have lived through similar tragedies

33 Healing Words of Love and Loss from Grieving Parents

  1. 1. A Child Of Mine

    This famous poem by Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959) has been bringing comfort to grief stricken parents for years. Guest himself suffered the loss of two of his children. A Child of Mine is a popular poem to read at funerals of children. To lose a child is one of life's most awful experiences. Focusing on the gift of your few years together can bring a measure of comfort.

    I will lend you, for a little time,
    A child of mine, He said.
    For you to love the while he lives,
    And mourn for when he's dead.

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    I received this poem anonymously in the mail 5 days after my son was born. This was 41 years ago in 1980. Tragically he passed away at the age of 16 in an auto accident. I remembered the poem...

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  3. 2. Half Of My Heart Is Gone

    • By Barbara J. Rouse
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2018

    My son passed away at the age of 29 years old, and I felt inspired to write this poem in memory of Matthew. This poem comes straight from my heart -- a grieving mother's heart. I also wanted to share this poem with people who have lost a son and understand the unbearable pain that our hearts go through.

    Son, I wish I could wake up and see you standing there.
    Then I would know that it was just a nightmare.

    Son, I remember when you were small and how you would hold my hand,

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    My son died suddenly almost 4 years ago at age 32. I understand the feeling that the grief you feel will never abate. I thought the same.... every waking day my heart just throbbed with...

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  5. 3. A Picture Of You

    Tragically, on 9/29/10, my 25-year-old son suddenly collapsed and died. He had been on his own at the time, and it was 12 hours before he was found. It would have been instantaneous the Coroner told us. He wouldn't have known anything about it. I suppose that was said to give us some comfort, but how can you find comfort in the death of your child? I loved my son very much, and knowing I will never see him again is proving almost impossible to come to terms with.

    I only have a picture now,
    A frozen piece of time,
    To remind me of how it was
    When you were here and mine.

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    I do understand that words cannot fill the void or pain you are feeling. I understand the daze of not knowing if you're in a dream. All I can say is time will heal the haze, time will slowly...

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  6. 4. When God Comforted Me

    • By Colleen Mclean
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2015

    My son was disabled from birth and was so courageous in his fight to live his life to the fullest. God blessed me and trusted me to care for my son in every way that a parent should. Our son taught us lessons far beyond his short life, but now our Lord has called him to be peaceful and to experience a rest that the physical life did not offer. I did my best as his mother while I was able to hold, nurture, care, and love him. Now I trust that God is taking care of him. My son is blessed.

    From heaven he was delivered
    As a baby unto you,
    When God said to me softly
    I'm trusting you to do

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    I lost my oldest son, Kegin, on June 29, 2020, in a vehicle accident down the street from his home. He was 22 years old. He and 3 other souls were taken in a single vehicle car accident. They...

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  7. 5. Reality

    • By Denise Tiburcio
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2018

    I lost my 1st child, my son, who was twenty. My heart is so broken that it feels like it doesn't beat. Sometimes I can't sleep, and writing about the pain helps me through the night and seems to be good therapy.

    I have nightmares and can't sleep.
    The loss of you is a wound so deep.

    My mind recorded the times we had.

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    I lost my oldest son on September 23, 2016. He was just 21 years old. He and my husband were riding in the back seat of some guy's car that they worked with on their way home from work when...

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  8. 6. In Time

    • By Pam J. Pastirik
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2016

    My son died in 2012. I am waiting for time to heal my broken heart, but I know that it will never mend. Many people use the cliché, "Things will get better in time," but that does not hold true for me right now. That is why I wrote this poem, in the hopes that others will relate to the notion of loss and time. Thank you.

    Time cannot erase the sorrow and pain that I feel,
    Nor can it make things better
    Or force my heart to heal.

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    My loving son and best friend left me on October 8, 2022. He had a heart of gold and loved his boxer dogs. My heart is broken beyond repair. My only son was 55 years old. He loved his two...

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  9. 7. I Love You, Son

    • By Ambika Adhikari Tiwari
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008

    This poem is dedicated to our son, Bibek Tiwari, who left us at the age of 20 on June 1, 2008. He was a model and a caring son and brother for our family. We are so lonely without him. We love you, son!

    My dear son, I miss you so much.
    It keeps hurting; I can't stop crying.
    My eyes always search for you in the sky.
    My heart longs for finding you in the heavens.

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    I read these replies, and I genuinely feel like "someone gets it." I lost my son on July 27, 2022. He was 33. He was watching TV, fell asleep, and didn't wake up. It's been 24 days today, and...

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  10. 8. A Tribute To Tyrone

    • By Kily Dunbar
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2009

    I wrote this poem for my brother to read at his son's funeral. It was a very emotional day for us all. My nephew never got a chance to grow up; he was taken from us half an hour after he was born. We will always love him, and he will remain in our hearts forever.

    No words I write could ever say
    How sad and empty I feel today.
    The angels came for you
    Much sooner than I planned.

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    My nephew and his girlfriend robbed a vape shop. I’m not saying what he did was right, but I wish the store owner had tried shooting his legs or something else, not two shots straight in his...

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  11. 9. Until I Hold You Again

    • By Annette G. Mahan
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 19, 2021

    He was nearly twenty-two. Of course, he was my pride and joy--every mother says that. Daniel tried an opioid at a party. Six months later, after trying to get away from the drug with the help of his sister, he came to my husband and me and confessed that he needed help. We sent him to detox and rehab twice. He was fifty-four days sober and came home from rehab for Christmas. He was supposed to go back, but a "friend" left him a "Christmas present." He passed away that night.

    I should have held you longer,
    I should have held you tighter.
    When you were a baby, I rocked you to sleep
    and put you down because there was work to be done,

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    I lost both my sons in 2020. Joshua was 30 and died from gunshot in his head April 2nd. They called it a suicide. It was not. His older brother Chris, 33, died in June. He hung himself. Chris...

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  12. 10. Precious Boy

    My friend's child was just 6 years of age and drowned in a swimming pool. My poem is for him to know his mum, dad, and family will always love him and never forget him.

    I'd like to offer my condolences
    With a poem I'd like to share.
    To all those suffering in this difficult time,
    I say a little prayer.

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  13. 11. Long, Long Summer Day

    I write this poem with tears in my eyes and deep despair from the depths of my soul. I recently lost my youngest son suddenly on a summer morning this past July. Ever since, I am still existing in that same long day of sorrow and heart-piercing pain, a forever kind of grief that I now have come to know as a mother's grief. Although all grief is sorrowful and felt deeply, a mother's grief is so very different. I now know this to be true. I dedicate this for my loving Son, Chris. Love, Mom

    With angels on this summer day,
    you never woke; you slipped away.

    Now day just dims into the night.

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    Linda, You ask me how I go on, I wish I could tell you. I'm exactly where you are. I feel no peace in my son Chris's passing, Chris was long into recovery he was on a low dose antidepressant...

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  14. 12. Life Goes On

    My 26-year-old son died from injuries from an auto accident and was an organ donor. The organ donor bracelets phrase, "Life Goes On," inspired me to write this on the 3rd anniversary of his death.

    It's true what they say, when a child is born,
    a mother's heart is no longer her own.
    It runs and skips and giggles and grins,
    And crawls in her lap for a kiss on the chin,

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    My heart reaches out to you. I lost my youngest son, Shawn in December of 2013. He would have turned 30 this coming August 9th. Tears fall as I write this, it never gets easier. I talk to...

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  15. 13. A Letter To Brian

    • By Carol Cooper
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2016

    My son passed away tragically on July 15, 2016, at the age of 32. My life has forever changed. They say you should always write a letter to loved ones who pass, so this one is for you, Brian.

    Dear Brian,

    Can you see me when I cry?
    Do you know when I will die?

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  16. 14. Michael

    • By Bobbie J. Ripple
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A short comforting prayer written in memory of a child's death. He has gone home to You.

    Bless us Lord
    As we pray.
    You took our
    Little boy home today.

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    My son passed away 2 days ago. He was 30 years old. At 17, he dove off a boat dock and suffered a spinal cord injury. He was a high functioning quadriplegic. He never could find peace after...

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  17. 15. David, We Miss You!

    Our son David Jones died November 12, 2009. When it was the one year anniversary of his death, we wanted to do something for him, so in our local paper we put a picture of him, and I wrote this with the help of a friend. Thank you for allowing us to share.

    In your life you touched so many.
    In your death, many lives were changed.
    You were an amazing young man.
    Without you here, our lives will never be the same.

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    ...Our boys had become two very amazing people in the short time they had here on this planet. And I guess, they have been called upon for higher purposes. I am grateful for my part in my...

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  18. 16. Waiting For Heaven

    On this journey of life, we try to live our dreams within reason. One of my dreams was to fall in love, get married, and have a family. When that dream came true, I felt blessed with my two precious sons. I felt there was nothing more I could wish for other than to keep my family safe and happy, healthy and together. What I never imagined is that our youngest son would go to Heaven before me. It's never the natural order to lose our children before us. Now I wait for Heaven, for my Chris.

    Your very first breath of life, I was there.
    Tiny miracle of God, you appeared,
    overflowing with joy, my eyes cried a tear,
    outstretching my arms to hold you so near.

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  19. 17. Loss

    Dedicated to Patricia Scott

    It makes no sense,
    not in the normal cycle of life.
    "A child should never in death
    precede the parents," they tell me.

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    I lost my precious son and best friend 11 months ago. I don't know how much longer I can take the pain. It was sudden and a week after his 46th birthday. My only child. I miss your beautiful...

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  20. 18. Six Years Old Today

    • By Lareee
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2010

    I am a 44-year-old single mother with the last birdie about 3 years from flying the coop. I moved to Tennessee from Texas a year ago and have been inspired to write more than ever. Writing is a gift to me. It is not something that I have ever practiced, but a gift from God that he uses to tell other people.

    He would be 6 years old today, Daddy's little man,
    Mama's little cuddle bug and Grammy's little ham.
    I should be baking a cake today, chocolate's what he'd crave.
    Instead I'm buying flowers to place upon his grave.

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  21. 19. For The Need Of You

    This poem is another dedication to my son, Liam, who died tragically last September. Since his death, I have found little comfort in anything apart from putting my feeling down on paper and conveying my thoughts to him in this way. I will never forget him, and I look forward to the day we will be together again.

    I need you to touch,
    I need you to see,
    I need you so much,
    I need you with me.

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    He had just found the meaning of what life should be. A son of his own on the way when he taken from me. As a mother of others, I am not alone, but there's a place in my heart that only he...

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  22. 20. Passing Time

    I wrote this poem 8 months after my son's death. His story accompanies a poem I wrote that is as already on this web site called "Picture Of You." That poem along with this relays the feelings that only a grieving mother would understand. I hope you agree.

    I close the door on yet another day.
    It's been over eight years now since you went away.
    It now seems like forever since I last saw your face.
    Time ticks on at a startlingly pace.

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    Today would have been my son's 35th birthday. We had just lost my little sister suddenly on Nov 7, 2018. After her funeral, I flew to Norfolk, VA, to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter. I...

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