Grief Poems for Solace and Comfort

In times of grief poems can be of great comfort.  Reading poems written by others who have been able to express the sentiments and emotions we are feeling can be of benefit to us in our grieving process. These pages include some famous poems and some written by myself and visitors to the site.  

Often people find writing themselves a help in expressing their emotions and working through their grief, and grief poetry can be an inspiration. Getting in touch with our emotions and feelings, and realising that writers through the centuries have felt the same emotions can help us in coming to terms with what are universal experiences for all mankind. 

I wrote the following poem when I lost my husband and it really expressed how I was feeling at that time:

A light went out of my life

Shadows were everywhere

Daylight eventually came

The brightness was never the same.  

Sleep on my loved one

Peace is yours. 

Your life's work is done. 

All who knew you can only say

Well Done! 

Some stars shine so brightly

They are never dull. 

Their light shines on all our lives

Just as yours had done.  

© Elizabeth Postle - Author of 

Whether you are reading grief poems for your own solace, looking for something to write in a card for a friend, or choosing some verses to read at a funeral, there are hundreds of bereavement poems from the earliest times, right through to the 20th century. 

My all time favourite poem for grief was written by my Grandson, who read his poem at his Grandad's Celebration of Life ceremony and then won a school prize for his poem.  You can read it here:  Poem for Grief by Jamie. 

Another very special poem was written by a university friend of Lesley's from way back - Remembrance Poem by Roger Quick. 

Here are a couple of my favourite well-known grief poems:

Though I am Dead: A poem of hope and uplifting sentiment which encourages us to continue to enjoy life for the sake of our lost loved one. 

Though I am dead grieve not for me with tears
think not of death with sorrowing and tears;
I am so near that every tear you shed
touches and tortures me, though you think me dead.

But when you laugh and sing in glad delight,
my soul is lifted upward to the light.
Laugh and be glad for all that life is giving
and I, though dead, will share your joy in living.

Grief Poem - Though I am Dead

This Heritage, Anon - A poem celebrating the precious memories we have of our lost loved ones. 

This Heritage

They are not dead,
Who leave us this great heritage
Of remembered joy.
They still live in our hearts,
In the happiness we knew,
In the dreams we shared.

They still breathe,
In the lingering fragrance windblown
From their favourite flowers. 
They still smile in the moonlight's silver
And laugh in the sunlight's sparkling gold.
They still speak in the echoes of words
We've heard them say again and again. 
They still move,
In the rhythm of waving grasses,
In the dance of the tossing branches.

They are not dead;
Their memory is warm in our hearts,
Comfort in our sorrow. 

They are not apart from us,
But a part of us
For love is eternal,
And those we love shall be with us
Throughout all eternity. 

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Share your poignant grief poem with us all

Have you found writing poetry a comfort in your grief? Why not share your creativity with us here on your very own page. It will be a lasting memorial to your loved one. You can write a dedication, or tell us the background to why you wrote the poem. Or you could just enter the poem on it's own. All up to you. You can even add a photo or two if you like. All we ask is that it is all your own work.

Poetry and Dedications from Other Visitors

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Four More Grieving Poems by Our Readers 
Happy Birthday All thru out my life, I have never even given it a thought. Not even in my darkest dreams, That I would ever be alone. …

One Last Time/On the Wings of a Dove 
I just want one more last time. One more last touch, I just want to feel your love. ONE more last time, I want to feel your face, your hands on my …

Click here to write your own.

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