Finding or Writing Poems on the Loss of a Sister

Alice Wisler
Sisters share a common bond.

Loss of a sister poems can bring healing for anyone who has suffered the death of a female sibling.

The Beauty of Poems for a Deceased Sister

Poetry speaks to us when we are in love, in awe and in sorrow. When a sister dies, we may turn to poetry to be the voice for us in the time of deep mourning. The words penned by someone else may resonate with us and evoke our emotions so that we can reflect upon our sentiments. If a poem is appropriate, we may choose to either read it or have it read at the funeral or memorial service.

Where to Find Poems About Losing a Sister

Well-known writers such as William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson may all come to mind when we focus on death in poetry. Via the Internet, you can do a search for a loss of a sister poem. Take some time to read over what you find. Not every poem will ignite the emotions you hope for, as some poetry might appear too trite, while others might sound too dark and dreary. When you find a poem that speaks to you, copy it down and make sure that you give credit to the author of the piece.

If you are unable to find what you want online, head over to your local library and peruse some poetry books about love or death.

Writing Your Own Poem

Writing your own poem in memory of your sister is a possibility. Death often makes us able to compose lines we never thought we could. Use this time of sorrow to stir your mind. Start with a few words about how you feel, and about what your sister meant to you. String some of the words together to form a verse or two. You may include some of these in your poem:

  • Longing
  • Sadness
  • Beauty
  • Friendship
  • Joy
  • Love
  • Contentment
  • Blessing
  • Memory
  • Appreciation

Presenting Loss of a Sister Poem

At the memorial service, you may have the opportunity to read a poem about your deceased sister. As you recite your poem, keep the following in mind:

  • Stand straight and tall
  • Read the lines slowly
  • Read with passion
  • Use a clear voice, projecting over the group

If emotion overcomes you as you read the poem you have selected, do not worry. Funerals or memorial services are proper places to show tears and sorrow. Should your voice start to break, stop reading and simply take your time until your speech is steady again. Others will be understanding.

If you and your sister were not too close at the time of her death, or if the two of you were in an estranged relationship, do not let this keep you from mourning her death. Many times relationships among family members are strained. In death, forgiveness can occur, as well as healing. Poems pertaining to your situation may help you during this time.

Grieving the Loss of a Sister

Regardless of your relationship with your sister, taking time to deal with her death is important. Hopefully other family members will want to recall memories from her life and you will have time to share what she meant to each of you. As holidays and other special occasions approach, they will be difficult to handle, so make sure that you are aware of the various components of grieving a death. Emotions that seem to be pronounced and feel like an out-of-control roller coaster ride are natural. Often when a loved one dies, we are thrown off guard as to when certain emotions will trigger tears. Take care of yourself as you mourn the death of your sister. Grieving is hard work, but necessary in order for healing. If you are fortunate, friends will be there to help you deal with your grief. Allow others to befriend you at this time of anguish.

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Finding or Writing Poems on the Loss of a Sister