It's only natural to want to send some comforting words to a friend, family member or acquaintance that has just lost a loved one. Sympathy cards are filled with verses meant to give strength and encouragement, but you can also send a personal sympathy note if you wish. The following poems are examples of ways to offer comfort and compassion through poetry.
Poems of Sympathy and Comfort
After a death, friends and family members can only offer words and signs of support and comfort to help the grieving process.
We'll See This Through
They say this, too, shall pass,
They say grief eventually fades.
But those sayings are of little comfort
When you're living through such sad days.
They say that time heals all,
And this much I know is true.
So hang in there, my dearest friend,
And together we'll see this through
Time brings perspective.
Time eases the pain.
Time heals the heart.
Time revives hope.
In time, you'll learn to embrace life again.
Whatever You Need
Whatever you need,
Whatever we can do.
We want you to know
That we're here for you.
If you just want to talk
Or need a shoulder to cry on,
We want you to know that
We're here for you to rely on.
However lonely you feel,
You definitely are not alone.
We are only as far away
As the nearest phone.
So don't hesitate to call,
No matter what you need.
We'll rush to your side
With all Heaven's speed.
Our Deepest Sympathy
To send our deepest sympathy
Just doesn't seem like enough.
We know how your grief must burden you,
How this time must be so rough.
But try to believe in your heart of hearts,
That your pain won't last forever,
That sadness will lighten a little each day,
and you'll eventually feel much better.
When that day comes, your memories
Will focus on the good, not the bad.
Instead of feeling burdened by tears,
You'll cherish the happy times you had.
He's Only Gone on Ahead
He's only gone on ahead of you,
Not just left you behind.
Although you can't be with him right now,
He lives on in your heart and mind.
The day will come when you'll meet again
On Heaven's distant shore,
And the two of you will walk hand in hand
Together forever more.
Trust in God's Plan
It's hard to understand
Why God takes those we love.
Does He need them more than we do,
In Heaven up above?
No one on earth can pretend
To know what's in God's plan.
All we can do is take it on faith
And trust we'll see our loved ones again.
Poems for Specific Loss
Words bring comfort especially when they use specific language to capture a unique relationship.
Marriage Is Forever
This poem relays the lasting bond of a husband and wife and explores the feeling of grieving a spouse.
I take you
From this day forward,
To love and to miss,
For better or for worse,
For emptiness or joyful memory,
In sadness and in grief,
Even after death has made us part.
I take you as my husband/wife
In death as I did in life,
Because our love is forever.
Explore grief through the eyes of a sibling in this poem about brotherhood. Poems about the loss of a sister or brother can often be used interchangeably.
My secret keeper.
You showed me how to live.
You taught me how to love.
You showed me when to give.
You taught me to rise above.
Although you've gone away,
These lessons will all stay.
They are a part of me,
Just as you will always be.
Heartbroken I will cry
Every day until I heal.
A life unlived here on Earth
Little one, you are loved.
In sadness, I'll find joy
Now I see you are always with me.
God's love holds my hand with yours.
A Loyal Companion
For a dog lover, the death of dog feels similar to the loss of a family member or friend.
Loyalty was the priority,
From me to him
And him to me.
A companion by my side,
He ran and jumped and played
Always ready for a ride.
Under all that fur and fluff,
My doggy trained me well
That no amount of joy is ever enough.
Love is the priority,
From me to him
And him to me.
Words From the Heart
People grieve in different ways, and it can be difficult to choose just the right words to express your sympathy and support. Whether you write a poem you wrote or send one written by someone else, make sure the sentiment rings true. If the verse touches your heart, it will likely touch the heart of the person who is bereaved and bring a little comfort to ease her loss.