The loss of a grandad is a sad occasion which can often happen for children at quite a young age. There are lots of funeral poems for a grandad on this page and several of them are suitable to be read out by a child at the service or sent as a message if the children are not attending.
The last poem on this page was written by my nephew Jamie when my Dad died. We are all very proud of it.
The love we have for Grandfather
Will never fade away.
We’ll think of him, our special friend
Throughout each passing day.
We’ll walk into the room
And see his empty chair;
Although we know he’s resting,
We’ll feel his presence there.
The memories of his laughter,
His warm and loving smile,
His eyes so full of happiness,
His heart that of a child.
Memories are forever
Be they laughter or of tears,
Memories we will treasure
Through all the forthcoming years.
The following is an older poem about a grandpa teaching his grandson good manners:
We had a wonderful grandfather,
One who never really grew old;
His smile was made of sunshine,
And his heart was solid gold;
His eyes were as bright as shining stars,
And in his cheeks fair roses you see.
We had a wonderful grandfather,
And that’s the way it will always be.
But take heed, because
He’s still keeping an eye on all of us,
So let’s make sure
He will like what he sees.
Granddad, you were just a lad,
So many years ago.
You had your loves and had your dreams,
You watched us come and go.
You watched us make the same mistakes,
That you had made before,
But that just made you hold us tight,
And love us all the more.
We haven’t always thought about
The things that you have seen.
To us you’ve just been ‘Granddad’,
No thought of who you’ve been.
But we remember now in love,
Your life from start to end,
And we’re just glad we knew you,
As Granddad, and as Friend.
This lovely song by The Judds expresses how things have changed since Grandpa's day. It is often played at funerals, and is a lovely one that you could sing along with.
The following song 'Grandad' by Clive Dunn of Dad's Army fame brings back memories from my childhood (Lesley writing here). I remember this song being on Top of the Pops when I was about 9 years old. It is often played at a funeral for a grandad nowadays.
My Nanny rang at ten past seven,
To tell my Daddy, that you’d gone to heaven.
To play with Josh, and Luke and Jake,
Take them for a walk, by a beautiful lake.
But there were tears in Daddy’s eyes,
As he remembered you, as you were in life.
He told me of the time, when he came round with Mummy,
How you wiped a tear, when he said I was in her tummy.
He told me how proud, he was to see me,
Sit for the first time, upon your knee.
How your wonderful smile, would light up the room,
When I came around, on Friday afternoons.
There’s no-one like you,
There will never be another.
I’m sorry that you’ll not meet, my new sister or brother.
I’m so happy I knew you.
But now I’m sad that you’re gone.
My dearest, sweet, Great-Granddad Tom.
Lesley here. This special poem for grief was written by Jamie about the experience of losing his Grandad, when he was 12. He read it out at the Celebration of Life that we held for my father who had died very suddenly.
When my Dad died, one of the most difficult things we had to do was to explain to his grandchildren what had happened. We are lucky that we live near the beach, and my brother, my mother and myself decided to pick up the teenaged children, my nephew Jamie (12) and his sister (14) and go for a walk with them.
Walking along the beach, none of us really knew what to say, how to start. Then Jamie started drawing shapes with a stick in the sand. I don't know where the idea came from, but I said to Jamie, why don't we write Grandad's name in the sand, and then as the waves wash away his name, we can say goodbye.
It was a moving
tribute, and will always be a very special memory for our family. Jamie
then went home and wrote this poem about the experience. We are so
proud of him, and his strength in reading it out at the celebration of
Dad's life. We are also very proud of Jamie's sister and my brother's
new stepson who also read at the ceremony. Thank you guys, your
Grandad would have been so pleased and proud of you all.
This will be our family's all time favourite poem, which has more meaning than any poem written by Keats, Wordsworth or any of the greats! I even have a tear in my eye now as I write these words. But as we said to the children, a good cry is worth a five pound note, you feel much better afterwards.
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