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Poems Related to Grief

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Coping with loss can be very difficult, but it's important not to bottle up your feelings. Reading a thoughtful poem, and perhaps even writing one of your own, can help you express your grief and begin working through it.

Poems About Grieving

My Constant Companion

Grief is my companion,
It takes me by the hand,
And walks along beside me
in a dark and barren land.

How long will this lonesome journey last,
How much more can my weary heart bear?
Since your death, I've been lost in the fog,
Too burdened with sorrow and care.

People tell me my sadness will fade,
And my tears will reach their end.
Grief and I must complete our journey,
And then maybe I'll find happiness again.

Grief Haiku

Grief pours like water
Draining my heart and my soul
Leaving me empty...

I Miss My Furry Friend

Your footprints used to muddy my floor,
Now that you're gone, I'll see them no more.
They trail up the stairs to Heaven's gate,
Leaving me behind and filled with heartache.

You were more than a pet, my dear old friend,
Yet I knew that your life would eventually end.
The day that I've dreaded has come and gone,
I feel so alone, and the days seem so long.

Sometimes I think I can feel you near,
And if I listen closely, just maybe I'll hear
The sound of you barking, play growling and such.
The truth is I just miss you so very much.

How long will it take for my broken heart to mend?
When will I be ready for a new furry friend?
The answers to these questions I truly don't know,
I just know I'm not ready yet to let you go.

Grief-Related Poems for Specific Kinds of Loss

Poems for the Loss of a Parent

For the most part, everyone will experience the loss of a parent at some time in his or her life. The death may be sudden, or the parent may pass away after a long illness. Either way, poems can help ease the pain, even if only for a short time. Some very nice examples include:

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Loss of a Sibling Poems

Losing a brother or sister to death is unsettling for the entire family. Not only does a child (or adult) lose a sibling, a parent loses a child as well. Some touching poems for sibling loss include:

Poems for the Loss of a Grandparent

While it is sad to lose grandparents, you should take great pride in knowing they probably led a full and wonderful life. Some memorable poems include:

Loss of a Child Poems

It has been said there is no greater pain than the loss of a child. It doesn't matter if that child was still in the womb or 50 years old; the loss and pain will always stay with that parent. Some poignant poems about losing a child include:

Poems About the Loss of a Spouse, Friend or Companion

When your friend, lover, spouse or companion dies, a little bit of you dies as well because this was the person you shared everything with, including your thoughts, desires and dreams. Bereavement poems related to these passings include:

Pet-related Loss Poems

For many people, their pets are like children. There is a bond and a friendship so deep that those who do not have pets can hardly understand. Some poems related to grieving after losing a pet include:

Grieving Takes Time

Poetic words can help you release your feelings in times of sadness, but grieving still takes time. Losing a loved one is never easy, so give yourself as much time as you need to heal.

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Poems Related to Grief