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 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:
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:
- Little Sister by Michael D.
- To a Stillborn Sister by Andrea Gabrielli
- Brother by Hannah Jane Spittle
- Gone by Christina A. Covarrubia
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:
- To Grandpa by Lauren Meredith Gould
- Grandma's Last Rainy Day by Divya Anne Joseph
- Grandfather by unknown author
- So Long for Now by Yvonne Legge
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:
- Death of a Child by Sandy Eakle
- Walk to Remember by Kathie Rataj Mayo
- When God Calls by Cindy O'Connor
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:
- My Soulmate by Cathy Wierman
- The House is Empty Now by The Rev. William E. Gramley
- To My Beloved by Celia Wenig
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:
- Barren by Kit McCallum
- Four Feet in Heaven by Alice E. Chase
- Rainbow Bridge (Death of a Pet) by unknown author
- Your Pets in Heaven by Ken D. Conover
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.