Sickness Poems

Sickness Poems

Poems for when a Loved One is Sick

When a family member has an illness, the entire family can be affected. The way that the illness is dealt with has an affect on the entire family. Some mothers or fathers feel that it is best to discuss the illness as little as possible with their children because they don't want to worry them. This can often have the opposite effect. Because the children know something is going on, but they don't know what, it often feels more scary for them. It is often best to give them as much information as they ask for. In this way they will feel part of what is going on.

39 Poems About Sickness and Pain

  1. 1. Living With Dementia

    Dedicated to every family whose parent is suffering with dementia or alzheimer's disease.

    She's trapped inside the prison walls
    That used to be her mind.
    The woman that she used to be,
    Has long been left behind.

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    Would love to read some of your experiences. I am currently caring for and have two care givers looking after my 80 year old mother.

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  3. 2. I'm A Person Too

    I'm a CNA in a nursing/rehab center, and love what I do. I've been in the medical field for 14 years and couldn't ask for a more rewarding job. I wrote this poem by putting myself in a patients shoes while writing.

    Here I lie in bed again, Awaiting my next meal.
    A worker barges in my room, As if it's no big deal.

    What ever happened to courtesy? Just a little knock.

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    I too worked as a CNA for 15 plus years and then I choose to do private home health care. I always respected my residents and my private clients and demanded that everyone else did. They each...

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  5. 3. In His Hands

    This was just how I felt when I found out my dad had cancer, just my thoughts and feelings.

    I heard some bad news today, something that made me scared,
    Today I found out my dad has cancer; it was something I had always feared.
    I knew many people that passed away because of this evil cell,
    Yet I know of some that beat it, and of course turned out well.

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    I have a friend. Her 8-year-old girl is diagnosed with a brain tumor. I want a poem to comfort her and tell her everything will be fine. This will be her second operation. She is still young.

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  6. 4. Changing Places

    I always felt that of the over 500 poems that I have written, this one was the most insightful as it was written when my older sister started through this pattern. Now, at 92, I am watching myself carefully and thanking God I am still OK. I'm also glad that I lived through the era when music was music and poetry was rhythm and rhyme. I am grateful for my file of special letters from people from all over the world who read my poetry and let me know they were amused, comforted, or inspired.

    I see the sadness in your eyes,
    The times that you are knowing
    What's happening to your wondrous mind,
    The symptoms you are showing.

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    Memories! I was 53, he 54 when the complications of Alzheimer's took him. At his prime as an exporter, his secretary fell for him. I left and visited Canada for 3 months, but on my return,...

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  7. 5. Living With Dementia

    • By Emma L. Buckley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 27, 2021

    I wrote this poem to raise awareness of people suffering from dementia. I work as a caregiver, and until starting this job, I didn't understand much about dementia or how it affected people. I would like to share my newfound knowledge with others and ensure that everyone knows that it isn't just "being forgetful" or "being difficult" and that it is just as distressing for those suffering as it is for those around them.

    My mind is not what it once was:
    wilting like a rose.
    One thing you must remember:
    this is not the life I chose.

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    Sometimes you just NEED a break. My parents' assisted living center is short on staff, and I'm trying to be there more. Last night I fed them BOTH and then (with my horrible back with tumors...

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  8. 6. Past, Present, Future

    • By Hali
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2016

    I never go to sleep at night without the fear that tomorrow may bring pain. This is life as an Epileptic.

    My eyes glistening with tears,
    But not yet fallen.
    I'm crying, but they're silent tears.
    I'm crying on the inside so you are unable to see

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    My dad had epilepsy, and i remember waking up in the middle of the night to hear him crying because of his seizures, because he had accidentally hurt one of us. As a kid I was always having...

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  9. 7. Stay Strong

    • By Samantha
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    I am 17 years old. I have been very sick for the last 7 years. I have something called NF1, it makes you very sick at times. I go to a lot of doctors, I have had brain surgery, I can't get out in the heat it makes me really sick. The bad thing about this is my older sister is 18 years old and she's has the same thing. She's always sick, but she loves to draw and can very well. We both are very sick, but the Lord blessed us with other things we can do. I write poems.....and she draws, and we both are living and have a great family...so what more could we ask for?

    I have this illness
    that I've suffered from for so long
    and I don't know how,
    but I've got to find a way to stay strong,

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    Stay strong you'll make it through it's so hard I know it's true, but think of what it will be at the end, a story to tell. You've been through thick and thin and you ask yourself will it...

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  10. 8. Grandpa I Love You

    • By Keali B. Wilbur
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    We don't want to let go of our loved ones even when it's time.

    Grandpa I love you and I always will.
    It makes me so sad to see you so sick,
    I wonder why you were god's pick?
    maybe because you were such a good man ...

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    My grandad is currently in hospital with a worsening case of cancer! it isn't certain he is going to die but he is not it a good place at all! We live far away and I don't see him often at...

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  11. 9. One Wish

    • By Lindsey N. Smith
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A woman prays to God to heal her sick mother and make her pain and suffering go away.

    If I had one last wish to make it would have to be,
    that God would heal my mom and give her pain to me.
    For I've never seen my mom hurt so bad in all my life,
    I'd do anything and everything to take her pain and strife.

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    To my mother, Virginia Galvan, from her firstborn. I love you, Mommy, and I pray to God that you will be all right. I pray that he will be with you and make you strong like the person he...

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  12. 10. Shell Of A Person I Once Knew

    This poem is about losing someone without them being dead. My family has suffered a lot of loss. My father passed away suddenly in 2012 from congestive heart failure. Shortly thereafter my mother became quite ill and has never been the same. When we were growing up, my mother was extremely bubbly. She was a friend to everyone she met. She is extremely limited now. Due to her extreme illness, she does not talk much anymore. She does not communicate. She lies in her bed and listens to the TV all day long. She's no longer the mother I always knew and loved.

    You're the shell of the person I once knew.
    When I talk, I know you can hear,
    But I barely feel your spirit lingering near.

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    I hear what you are saying. It hurts a lot I know. When I was born my mothers lung both collapsed and when the doctor put a tube of oxygen into her lungs, it had golden staff on it. For the...

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  13. 11. Grandma

    • By Jessica K. Riley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    As her grandmother lays sick, she pleads to her to hold on and live to get better for there are so many whom she is precious to.

    O Grandma, O Grandma, don't ever give up hope.
    All you family and friends are learning to cope.
    Please stay strong and never stop praying.
    You will get better soon; that's what everyone is saying.

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    Beautiful poem. I love it. One of my favorite poems on this website.

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  14. 12. My Father

    • By Lizzette Cambron
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A boy watches his father in wallow in sickness. He is torn between his desire for his father to escape the pain, and his desire to continue to see his father live.

    My father is ill
    And fading away
    Still here for a while
    And a few more days...

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    This made me cry, such a great poem. My dad has multiple sclerosis and has lived in a nursing home for 16 years. I'm only 20 so almost my whole life he has been in there. I know once he dies...

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  15. 13. Last Embers Verse I

    • By BGW
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 5, 2022

    This poem is about the pain of watching someone loved so very much just slowly fade away.

    The clarity of my mind has faded.
    Those vibrant thoughts, slowly washed away.
    Memories once so strong, are now so distant.
    Names of those I held so dear, escape me now.

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    I and (I'm guessing many hundreds of thousands of) others know exactly what you mean first-hand.

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  16. 14. 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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  17. 15. Losing Me...Finding Me

    In February 2010, at the age of 42, after a year of pain, confusion, and frustration, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Having always been a healthy, active, and energetic person, I struggled to adjust to a life of pain and uncertainty, and I had to come to terms with the loss of the person I had always been.
    Gradually, with God at my side, supporting or sometimes even carrying me, I began to accept the new path I was required to tread.

    I look in the mirror and the person I see
    Is someone who used to be me.
    That person was strong and healthy, rarely ill,
    And her energy was endless; she never sat still.

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    Sorry to hear that, Paul. Keep your head up, and I would love to hear more of your poetry and share some of your future journey. Sharing helps. Keep fighting

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  18. 16. Hush-A-By Baby, Don't Cry

    This poem is dedicated to my little brother who has been very sick since the day he was born but he knows how to 'keep moving forward.'

    He grows everyday
    And thinks 'never die'
    Life he will live his way
    Hush-a-by baby, don't cry...

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    This poem makes me sit here and just bawl because my baby brother is very sick. I know on my heart that I am going to out live him. It kills me to admit that but it is true. But this little...

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  19. 17. Dementia

    I am dealing with a sister who has been diagnosed with dementia. The whole experience has been scary and devastating to watch her mind deteriorate while there is so little I can do to but keep her company and help her days by doing things with her. We try to enjoy the days and we try not to dwell on what we know is inevitable. It seems I have grown closer than I was with her before, and maybe that is because I know what is yet to come.

    There are times when things seem normal again
    We laugh and talk about trivial things
    We enjoy each other's company
    But we can't deny the thought in our minds

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    Thank you so much for both of your comments on two of my poems. I wrote both from my heart and experience as I do all my poems. It is rewarding to know that I was able to convey my feelings...

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  20. 18. Dementia

    • By Debbie Bell
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2020

    My beautiful mum passed away on the January 20, 2020. I looked after mum at home for 10 years and then mum was placed in a care facility where she was for 3 years.

    Help me to remember
    What I forget each day.
    Don't let the dementia
    Take my memories away.

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    My friends Dad has this. She would love this poem.

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  21. 19. Can He See Me?

    • By Marian Shapcott
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2011

    My husband had a brain hemorrhage nine years ago that left him in a vegetative state. We have been married for forty one years. I go to see him every week, but he doesn't know me. Even though his eyes are open, he can't see and he can't move. He is in the royal hospital in Putney. He is in limbo and so am I. Life does go on, but it's not the same, and he will never get any better than he is now.

    Can he see me?
    Can he hear me?
    Does he know I'm there?
    When I am standing at his bedside or sitting in a chair.

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    I have a friend that's keeping their illness/sickness a secret. Not telling family or friends. Just struggling to deal with it alone. So I'm trying to encourage her and help in any way I can.

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  22. 20. A Forgotten Life

    My mum has been suffering from dementia for 4 years and is now in a residential home. She is 84, and up until the age of 78, she was still working and driving. She doesn't remember her husband or myself and my 2 sisters. In fact, there is no recognition in her memory of the life she had before the dementia. It seems such a cruel disease to wipe out a person's life completely that it inspired me to write this poem. I am sure it will relate to a lot of people experiencing this "loss" of a loved one.

    She resides in a home, sits in a chair,
    Nothing to bother her, make her worry or care.
    Caretakers to help her wash and dress,
    Doing all that they can not to cause her distress.

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    Hello. I can so relate to what you have said. and of course more than what you have said. My Dad got dementia when he was 83. He wouldn't accept that he needed help and I would take weeks...

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