Finding the appropriate words to express condolences during a time of loss can be difficult. A poem is an appropriate way to offer words of comfort and can be  included within a sympathy card and/or used during a funeral or memorial service. Below you can find poems of comfort.

  • Cycle of Life

    By Tirupathi Chandrupatla

    Life, like a cloud
    Rises from tree and sea
    Life, like a stream
    Rains from the cloud
    Life, like a river
    Collects from the stream
    Life, like the ocean
    Gathers from the river
    Over and underground
    Life, in an endless cycle
    Goes on round and round.

  • Death Happens Oh Too Quick

    By Melody Mepham

    Death came
    And now my brother is gone.
    Death took
    The happiest child around.
    Death cares
    about nothing at all
    Death thinks
    of only the pain it causes.
    Death happens
    oh too quick.

    Death came
    And tore my family apart.
    Death took
    our dreams of a family
    Death cares
    about the tears that fall.
    Death thinks
    our misery is it’s muse.
    death happens
    oh too quick

    Death came
    and now i must move on
    Death took
    my will to hold
    Death cares
    whether it drags you down or not
    Death thinks
    we can let go
    But sometimes

  • Remember

    by Christina Rossetti

    Remember me when I am gone away,
    Gone far away into the silent land;
    When you can go no more hold me by the hand,
    Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
    Remember me when no more day by day
    You tell me of our future that you planned:
    Only remember me; you understand
    It will be late to counsel then or pray.
    Yet if you should forget me for a while
    And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
    For if the darkness and corruption leave
    A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
    Better by far you should forget and smile
    Than that you should remember and be sad.

  • Life Goes On

    By Tirupathi Chandrupatla

    life takes birth
    in death does it end
    life life death death
    life death life death
    there’s balance
    life life life death
    life death death life
    population rises
    death life death death
    life death death death
    population drops
    life death life life
    death life life
    life number count must tally
    death number eventually
    in life we differ
    in death we all agree
    in life we’re many
    in death we’re all one
    life and death
    two sides of a coin
    tossed by unknown force
    is it head or tail…
    whatever outcome it is
    life goes on and on.

  • Passing On

    By Udiah (witness to Yah)

    To be absent from the body
    Is to be present with the Lord
    The dust returns to earth
    The spirit returns to God Who gave it

    (2 Cor 5: 8, Eccl 12: 7)

  • Life and Death

    By Alex Lewis

    Life was born when Death died
    Death to live had tried and tried
    but Life arrived smiling with glee
    Death’s death had set Life free
    Death’s funeral was a happy one
    too bad that Death’s death will be undone
    i know one day Death will live
    to Life will i not a funeral give
    let tears fall when Life decides to die
    in death maybe Life won’t be so shy
    all we can do is hope and pray
    that Life will postpone that sorrowful day
    and if that day will tomorrow come
    Life’s life and Death’s death will (surely) come undone

  • Angel of Death

    By Udiah (witness to Yah)

    In darkness of the night
    I spied him in a tree
    Sat I froze by the sight
    He was looking at me
    The summer’s heat became a chill
    The angel of death at his kill

    My heart skipped with the fright
    Blinked my eyes to bet’r see
    Glanced back with all my might
    Parted he my comp’ny
    My chest was quickly pounding still
    The angel of death at his kill

    I did rise and take flight
    The fear made me to flee
    From darkness into light
    To free captivity
    Unbinding my soul from his will
    The angel of death at his kill

    Many years since that night
    Gazed I on that braz’n be
    Mem’ries of still incite
    Fears of my slavery
    Existence of him makes me ill
    The angel of death at his kill

  • She’s Gone

    By Jessica Papp

    Death of Great Grandma Poem

    There’s this pain within my heart
    That makes me cry and weep
    Because my Grandma was very ill
    And now she is asleep
    The fond memories of her
    Has helped me to sustain
    Though this time of hardships
    And through this time of pain
    She always told me to be strong
    And don’t let the world win
    And those words I’ll cherish
    Right up to the very end

  • A Prayer for Dad

    By Udiah (witness to Yah)

    Lord, Shepherd my dad today
    In green pastures let him lay
    To still waters guide his way
    Restoreth his soul, I pray

    Lead him in the paths of right
    Through the valley give him light
    When he’s afraid ease his fright
    With Thy rod and staff lend might

    Prepare a table of spoil
    Annointest his head with oil
    Give to him a cup that’s royal
    Let goodness follow his toil

    And Thy mercy cease never
    May he dwell in Thy house forever
    This I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen
    (Psalm 23)

  • I Miss My Big Brother

    By Lora Sedell

    From day one,
    without knowing it,
    I loved you with all my heart.
    As I grew older I looked up to you and to no other.
    Yes, we fought many of times but you supported,
    and encouraged me in everything I did.
    You were my best friend and my hero.

    At night I miss the sound of your music,
    I miss you climbing through the window when you were late.
    I miss your comfort and the way you made me feel safe.
    I miss our nonsense arguments and all our wrestling matches just to pass time.
    I like to remember our times together good times and the bad.
    I regret the times I yelled at you when you were only trying to help,
    but you know I only did it because you did it to me.
    I wanted to do everything you did,
    because I wanted to be JUST like you!

    I miss your smile,
    and I miss the way our room smelt of your cologne.
    But most of all I miss your reassuring hugs and playful kisses.
    I wish I could go back and tell you how I felt,
    tell you that I really need you no matter what I said.
    I kept your favorite sweater and wear it every time I miss you
    like I did when I was little.
    I will always love you no matter how long its been,
    since the day your life came to an end.
    I miss my big brother.
    R.I.P Chris 1/8/90 – 1/4/04


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