Poems about Death to Start Moving Forward

American writer Chuck Palahniuk once said: “Art never comes from happiness”. When you are happy, you don’t feel the need to be heard and understood. On the opposite, whenever we feel down the necessity of emotional release is much higher. In the time of grief and sorrow, we often search for the right words to say. That’s how poems about dealing with death are being created. We look for something that could comfort us or our close ones.

There are no such words that can heal the wounds in our hearts or fill in the emptiness in our souls when someone close passes away. But at least with the help of poems for deceased, it is possible to slightly ease suffering and sadness caused by the loss.

Death is an inevitable part of life. However, we are rarely ready to accept decease. Dramatic poetry about mother’s death or emotional RIP poems for father might help you in the darkest times so you could move on. If it isn’t you who is dealing with the loss, choose from our collection of funeral poems to express your sincere condolences.

The thing is, even if there were all the prerequisites leading to the death of a beloved one, you’d never be ready. Rhyming poems about a loved one dying may give you strength and bring peace to your grieving soul.

Remember, time won’t heal the scars but it can make you stronger. We sincerely hope that you will find comfort in the poems we’ve found for you.

Sad Poems about Death

The day God called you home

God looked around his garden
And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw that the road was getting rough.
And the hills are hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine”.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
That day that God called you home

Do not stand at my grave and weep

By: Mary Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

Tears on My Pillow

By: Kelly Roper

Tears on my pillow,
I can’t count how many I’ve cried.
I feel so awfully hollow,
Almost like it’s me that died.
How long will I feel so empty,
Will this heartache ever end?
How long will I have to wait,
Until we meet in Heaven, my friend?

When I Am Gone

When I am gone release me
Let me go, I have so many things to see and do
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that we had so many beautiful years
I gave to you my love
You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness
I thank you for the love you each have shown
But now it’s time I travel alone
So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by my trust
It’s only for awhile that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart
I won’t be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near
And if you listen within your heart you’ll hear
All my love around you soft and clear
And then when you must come this way alone
I’ll greet you with a smile and say
“Welcome Home.”

Touching RIP Poems for Father

Daddy’s Little Girl

If I had my life to do over,
I’d have chosen you to be my dad
once more.
Even if it meant losing you again,
It’s worth all the tears in the
You were my sunshine when skies
were gray.
I loved you and honored you;
You took all my tears away.
I was happy to be with you,
Proud to be your little girl.
Sometimes we would argue,
But to me you meant the world.
Your love was always pure;
You treated me as your own.
Your time seemed all too short and
I feel so alone.
What can I take from this?
My heart is completely crushed.
But nothing loved is ever lost –
And you are loved so much.

As We Look Back

As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering …..
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us …..
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?
We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We’re thanking you now.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.

Goodbye Dad

By: Leanne Brady

It’s never the right time
To say goodbye.
I will miss you, Dad,
And here is why.
You taught me so much:
To show no fear,
To always have fun,
And face the day with cheer.

You were always so able,
So fast and so strong.
In your little girl’s eyes
You could do no wrong.
You would always listen,
And you never pried.
You were the arms around me
When I cried.

You never looked for praises,
And you were never one to boast.
You were always there
For those you loved the most.

You worked so hard,
And those strong working hands
Led me through life
And helped me understand
That life can be hard,
And tough, and sad,
But through it all
I had my Dad.

And because of you,
I understood
That life was actually
Pretty good.
I believe in you
And will follow your path,
And when things go wrong,
I’ll look back and laugh.

I hope you can hear me
So I can let you know
That you were and will forever
Be my superhero.
So yes, today
I am full of sorrow,
But I will smile a little more
With each tomorrow.

So please, Dad, go
Be at rest
And know to me
You were always the best.

Not Enough Time

The time we had, Dad,
Wasn’t nearly enough
To pack in an entire
Lifetime of love.
There are so many questions
That I need answers to,
But now that you’re gone
There’s no way to ask you.
But there are still photos
To remember you by,
Each time I look at them,
I still want to cry.
They say grief is easier
to bear as time goes by,
But the doesn’t stop me
from wondering why?
Why my dear, sweet dad
Was taken so soon,
When he was my guiding star,
My sun and my moon.
There are no answers
To a question like this,
So I’ll cherish your memory,
And mourn the years we’ll miss.

Mourning Dramatic Poetry about Mother’s Death


By: James Whitcomb Riley

I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
She has wandered into an unknown land;
And left us dreaming how very fair
Its needs must be, since she lingers there.
And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn
From the old-time step and the glad return-
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of there, as the love of here
Think of her still the same way, I say;
She is not dead, she is just away.

I Never Saw Your Wings

How is it that I never saw your wings
when you were here with me?
When you closed your eyes and soared
to the Heavens I could hear the
faint flutter of you wings as you left.
Your body no longer on this side
your spirit here eternally I see your halo shine.
I close my eyes and see the multi-colored wings
surround me in my saddest moments and my happiest times.
Mother my angel God has given you your assignment
always my mother forever my angel.
You fly into my dreams and when I am asleep
I feel your wings brush against my face wiping away
the tears I shed since I can no longer hold
you in my arms but in my heart.
You earned those wings dear mother
and you will always be me angel eternal.

I’m Here

By: James P. Graham

Sleep now, my angel, and rest your eyes.
Mommy must say her last goodbyes.
Please don’t be sad, and please don’t cry.
Mommy will give you the wings to fly.

If you don’t want to say goodbye,
Mommy will watch you and stand by your side.
Life is not fair, but please understand
Mommy’s not far, I’m holding your hand.

I’ll kiss you goodnight, chase monsters away,
Warm up your heart on a cold winter day,
Be the sun on your skin, the wind in your hair.
I’m never too far, I’m standing right there.

My time spent with you will long be a treasure
Of infinite leagues no ruler could measure.
Mommy must go, it’s time to fly.
Take a deep breath and let out a sigh.

Live out your life and bid me farewell.
Find in your heart the strength to excel.
Your future is bright, you’ll go far, my dear.
Don’t get too sad, don’t worry.
I’m here.

We Had a Wonderful Mother

We had a wonderful mother,
One who never really grew old;
Her smile was made of sunshine,
And her heart was solid gold;
Her eyes were as bright as shining stars,
And in her cheeks fair roses you see.
We had a wonderful mother,
And that’s the way it will always be.
But take heed, because
She’s still keeping an eye on all of us,
So let’s make sure
She will like what she sees.

Powerful Poems for the Deceased

Silent tear

Each night we shed a silent tear,
As we speak to you in prayer.
To let you know we love you,
And just how much we care.
Take our million teardrops,
Wrap them up in love,
Then ask the wind to carry them,
To you in heaven above.

To those I love

By: Isla Paschal Richardson

If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not,
Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you there,
(I’d come… I’d come, could I but find a way!
But would not tears and grief be barriers?)
And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved,
Please do not let the thought of me be sad…
For I am loving you just as I always have…
You were so good to me!
There are so many things I wanted still to do…
So many things to say to you…
Remember that I did not fear…
It was just leaving you that was so hard to face…
We cannot see Beyond… But this I know;
I loved you so…
‘Twas heaven here with you!

On the Death of Anne Brontë

By: Charlotte Brontë

There’s little joy in life for me,
And little terror in the grave;
I’ve lived the parting hour to see
Of one I would have died to save.
Calmly to watch the failing breath,
Wishing each sigh might be the last;
Longing to see the shade of death
O’er those belovèd features cast.
The cloud, the stillness that must part
The darling of my life from me;
And then to thank God from my heart,
To thank Him well and fervently;
Although I knew that we had lost
The hope and glory of our life;
And now, benighted, tempest-tossed,
Must bear alone the weary strife.

Turn again to life

By: Mary Lee Hall

If I should die and leave you here a while,
be not like others sore undone,
who keep long vigil by the silent dust.
For my sake turn again to life and smile,
nerving thy heart and trembling hand
to do something to comfort other hearts than mine.
Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine
and I perchance may therein comfort you.

Woeful Poems about Lost Family

You Never Said Goodbye

You never said I’m leaving
You never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why.

A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill.

It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.

Until We Meet Again

Each morning when we awake
we know that you are gone.
And no one knows the heartache
As we try to carry on.

Our hearts still ache with sadness
and many tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you,
No one will ever know.

Our thoughts are always with you,
your place no one can fill.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.

There will always be a heartache,
and often a silent tear,
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here.

If tears could make a staircase,
And heartaches make a lane,
We’d walk the path to heaven
And bring you home again.

We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.

Our family chain is broken now,
And nothing will be the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

Change of Address

By: Dónall Dempsey

You didn’t die you just changed shape
became invisible to the naked eye
became this grief
it’s sharpness more real
than your presence was
before you were separate to me entire to yourself
now you are a part of me
you are inside my self
I call you by your new name
although I still call you ‘Love.’

Don’t Cry for Me

By: Deborah Garcia Gaitan

Don’t cry for me.
I will be okay.
Heaven is my home now,
and this is where I’ll stay.
Don’t cry for me.
I’m where I belong.
I want you to be happy
and try to stay strong.
Don’t cry for me.
It was just my time,
but I will see you someday
on the other side.
Don’t cry for me.
I am not alone.
The angels are with me
to welcome me home.
Don’t cry for me,
for I have no fear.
All my pain is gone,
and Jesus took my tears.
Don’t cry for me.
This is not the end.
I’ll be waiting here for you
when we meet again.

Sorrowful Rhyming Poems about Loved Ones that Dying


When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little–but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me–but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me–But Let me Go.

It’s Ok to Go

By: Lori Daoust

You were sick and tired and we all knew,
that God would soon come to take you.
You fought so hard, so very long,
but through the pain, you stayed strong.

We all knew there would come a day,
when God would come to carry you away.
It doesn’t make it easier to say goodbye,
and I try so hard not to cry.

I can’t help but feel defeated,
or even maybe a little cheated.
But how very selfish would I be,
to hope and pray you could stay with me.

So as you laid there tubes running to and fro,
I had to tell you “It’s ok to go”.
Say “Hi” to loved ones waiting on the other side.
I know some day; you’ll be there when I take that ride.

The Final Flight

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the end of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’ touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

The Broken Chain

By: Ron Tranmer

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Uplifting Poem about Dealing with Death

Uplifting Poem about Dealing with Death

My Angel

I wake up in the morning
And I look up to the sky
I wonder why he took you
before I said good-bye

I look up to the stars at night
And know you’re looking down
I’d like to think you’re proud of me
But I’m just stumbling round

I crawl in bed and close my eyes
And realize that you’re gone
Then comes the fears and then the tears
And life just seems so wrong

I glance up at the heavens
And I know you’re flying by
My Angels watching over me
I’m happy as I cry

To Heaven’s Gates

By: Maria Kraus

To heaven’s gates
we wish to fly
out of this world
across the sky

To heaven’s gates
our souls are seeking
the angel’s lyres
and voices speaking.

To heaven’s gates
our lifelong journey
not through these halls
atop a gurney.

To heaven’s gates
you start to weep,
I was never yours to keep.

To heaven’s gates
why mourn with sorrow?
Morning shall come;
there will be a tomorrow.

To heaven’s gates
I view their glory,
glancing behind
I close my story.

At heaven’s gates
I find myself
not bruised, not broken,
nor on the shelf

At heaven’s gates
I hear you cry
and remind you:
this isn’t really goodbye.

Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me”.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again.

Touching Funeral Poems to Relieve Sadness

How Grateful I Would Be to Have Just One More Day

By: Kathy J Parenteau

If I could have just one more day and
wishes did come true,
I’d spend every glorious moment
side by side with you.
Recalling all the years we shared
and memories we made,
how grateful I would be
to have just one more day.
Where the tears I’ve shed are
not in vain and only fall in bliss,
so many things I’d let you know
about the days you’ve missed.
I wouldn’t have to make pretend
you never went away,
how grateful I would be to
have just one more day.
When that day came to a close
and the sun began to set,
a million times I’d let you know
I never will forget.
The heart of gold you left behind
when you entered Heaven’s gate,
how grateful I would be to
have just one more day.

Touching Funeral Poems to Relieve Sadness

We Remember Him (We Remember Her)

When we are weary and in need of strength,
When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember him.
When we have a joy we crave to share
When we have decisions that are difficult to make
When we have achievements that are based on his
We remember him.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember him.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember him.
At the rising of the sun and at its setting,
We remember him.
As long as we live, he too will live
For he is now a part of us,
As we remember him.

There is no night without a dawning

No winter without a spring
And beyond the dark horizon
Our hearts will once more sing ….
For those who leave us for a while
Have only gone away
Out of a restless, care worn world
Into a brighter day
Helen Steiner Rice

Fight Suicide with Meaningful Poems

A Silent War

By: Lisa Miktuk

Leaving us without word, nothing left to say,
Mom and me are never going to forget that day.
Something must have hurt so bad and I simply turned my back,
There’s so many things I want to say, but it seems the right words I lack.

I never got to say goodbye or tell you that I care,
You must have felt all alone, desperate, hurt, and scared.
I wonder why you felt so bad that your pain engulfed your life,
I wonder if you thought of us, your daughter and your wife.
If I could go back in time and try to ease your pain,
I would dry all your tears when they fell like rain.
It must have been a place so dark that you could not see the light,
But here I am, your pain I feel, I cry myself to sleep at night.

So Daddy please forgive me, I was only 15 at the time,
I didn’t realize how lucky I was that you were all mine.

Life Is a Prison

Life is a prison,
Oh God let me out.
No one to listen,
To hear when you shout.

Climb the walls of insanity,
Ride the waves of despair.
If you fall it don’t matter,
There’s no one to care.

Used to wish for a window,
To see birds, trees and sky,
But you’re better without one –
Stops you aiming too high.

Watching freedom is painful,
For those locked away.
Seeing joy, love and happiness,
Another price that you pay.

Strong is good, weak is bad.
Be it false, be it true.
Your mind makes the choice,
And enforces it too.

Cell walls built by society,
With rules to adhere.
If you breach the acceptable,
You had better beware.

Hide the pain, carry on,
Routine is the key.
Don’t let on that you’re not,
What you’re pretending to be.

Lock it all up inside you,
How badly that bodes.
Look out for that one day,
When it all just explodes.

Leaving naught but a shell,
Base functionality too.
But killing all else,
That was uniquely you.

So how do you grow,
With a timebomb inside?
Or how to defuse it,
Without destroying its ride?

You can’t.

Troubled Heart

By: Ron Tranmer

The moment you took your life
I felt mine ended too.
If I could only turn back time
there’s so much I would undo.

I didn’t see the warning signs.
You held them deep inside.
Struggles you were going through
you did so well to hide.

I’m left with guilt and sorrow,
and confusion as to why
you didn’t tell me of your pain
and felt you had to die.

Every soul is precious
in the eyes of God above.
He will heal your troubled heart
with His never ending love.

I’ll put my faith in Him,
as I pray my heart will mend,
and keep you in my memory
’till I’m with you once again.

Gone Too Soon

By: Lisa Milczarski

I know you’re in heaven dancing and free
but there’s so much more you should be here to see.

So many things I never got to say
because I never thought that you would go away.

I never told you cause I thought that you knew
but would that have changed what you planned to do?

I am glad that you are free from the fears you held inside
but I wish you had come to me and put aside your pride.

The world is a lonelier place without you
I guess that you thought this was all you could do.

When I see you again I’ll tell you that you were wrong
and how much I’ve missed you everyday you’ve been gone.

Grief Poems about Husband Death

Now That You’re Gone

By: Roselyn Dj. Sarmiento

You’re gone, and all that’s left is nothing but memories,
Memories that lead me to silence and tears.
I miss your arms that hold me tight,
Your snore that fills our room at night.

You’re gone, and I can no longer stare at you as you sleep,
But thank God, He lets me see you as I weep.
In dreams we talk and laugh together.
There I can say I love you more than ever.

You’re gone, and I feel so weary when I’m alone.
Wish you were here and would come back home.
I’m hurting and longing for your touch.
Why parting had to hurt this much?

You’re gone forever, and we are now apart.
I’m filled with pain that breaks my heart.
You used to playfully sneak behind the door.
Those lovely eyes I see no more.

You’re gone, and I terribly miss your voice,
Your laughter that fills the house with noise.
Your absence makes me feel so blue.
My life is empty without you.

You’re gone, but I know I shouldn’t be so awful,
For you left me a treasure to cherish and to nurture.
Our precious little angel; she’s all that I’ve got,
A constant reminder that once I had your love.

Moving Forward

I woke up this morning
And reached over for you.
You weren’t there, I remembered
Now what will I do?

As I remembered the events
I started to cry
I lift my eyes upward
And scream to the sky

Why did you take him?
What did we do wrong?
We were finally making it
We had tried for so long

As I lay there and think
I remember the times we had
The memories flow
I’m no longer as sad.

A warm feeling spreads through
Like sun on my face
I feel light in body
Like I’m floating in space.

I lay there and wonder
What could the warmth be?
Not something I can touch
And surely not able to see

I picture his hand on mine
Warmth spreads to my fingers
I smile and laugh some
The feeling still lingers

The warmth is him
Letting me know
Everything will be okay
I am never alone

On those cold winter nights
When I long for his touch
When I feel so desperate
I haven’t wanted anything so much

He will be there to lift me up
To show me I still have his love
I still have the memories
We always spoke of

As our children grow and learn
They accomplish new things
I can feel his joy
Oh, the warmth that it brings

My memories are great
But his touch is better
When I can’t feel it
I just write him a letter

For I know he is watching
He’s helping me learn
How to live in the world alone
And for him not yearn

I have felt his touch less
Over the last several days
I have met someone who
Is like him in many ways

He will always be with me
This I’ve come to believe
But now I have found someone
A new love to receive

I look to the skies
And raise my voice
Is it okay, I ask
And hear a joyful noise

I feel the warmth on my skin
And know that he is near
Not just on the outside
But from somewhere within

He’s telling me it’s okay
To move on with my life
And not to let it create
Any emotional strife

So, now when I think
The memories are clear
They don’t hurt anymore
Because I know he is near

He is in my heart
In our daughter, our son
We weren’t separated
Our souls are still one

I place a letter to him
On the stone with his name
Telling him I’m okay
That here he must remain

As I walk to the car
An eagle flies overhead
He tips his wings as if to say
I’m still alive, I am not dead.

My Lost Love

By: Anne Spiller

I have only just lost you; the pain is hard to bear.
Do I have to go through life knowing you’re not there?
Please, someone explain to me why he had to go.
Are there any reasons I really need to know?
I sit here and remember all the lovely times we shared,
the talks, the laughter, of everyone you cared.
I am told the pain will ease in time
and I will think of him without a tear,
but that will be impossible as I need to have him here.
He was my very world, my ever guiding star.
Just kiss me softly on the cheek and tell me where you are.


By: Stacy Knasel

I get so sad, now that you’ve died,
Sometimes I pretend it’s all just a lie.
You saved my life in so many ways,
I tried to save yours day after day.
When God came to get you, and take
you home,
I tried to hold on, I tried not to let you go.
Why would God take you from me?
When your all that I had,
My life fills so empty without
you here,
I feel so alone,
I know I’m not whole,
The world’s not right without you here,
I try to remember how blessed I was,
To have been able to look at your smiling face,
To have felt your arms in a loving embrace.
I still feel cheated
And feel it’s unfair, that you’re not here.
Only God knows his plan,
And I do thank him for the time we had,
I’m still so sad, now that you’ve died,
Sometimes I will still pretend it’s all
just a lie.

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