Sympathy Poems

Posted by Andrew on January 14, 2019

The sympathy poems can help two people at the same time. They’ll help you express your condolences and say “sorry for your loss”, and at the same time, they’ll help a mourning person to feel at least a little bit better about his or her loss. They are not a panacea, of course — only time will help to recover from what was happened — but they are still good if you want to help a person with his or her journey through grief.
Here we’ve collected both short and long poems, the verses for loss of a loved one and the ones you can write on a sympathy cards. There are no names here, but you can easily adapt each of these rhymes to the situation — just replace the pronouns like “he/she” with the names.
Of course, we understand that nothing will soothe the pain immediately. However, we sincerely hope that these verses will help you (or the person who’s grieving). They are really touching and beautiful, so all of them will work great if you need to express your deepest condolences in writing. Let’s start.

Short sympathy poems for funerals

Sympathy poems are often called “eulogies” — in other words, they are the dedications to the deceased from a close friend or from a family member. They should be brief and personal… but after all, the choice is only up to you.
Here we’ve collected five short sympathy poems you can read at a funeral. We haven’t added long ones here, because, according to the unwritten rules, the eulogy shouldn’t take longer than 5-10 minutes — so we have found only the verses that will take no longer than 1-2 minutes here. Of course, you have to state the basic information about deceased and, maybe, some specific examples to describe him or her before you’ll start reading a rhyme — in this case, it won’t take more than, like, 5 minutes.

  • Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.
  • You can shed tears that she is gone,
    or you can smile because she has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
    or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
    or you can be full of the love you shared.
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember her only that she is gone,
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back.
    Or you can do what she’d want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
  • Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
    I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
    I have run and leaped with the rain,
    I have taken the wind to my breast.
    My cheek like a drowsy child
    to the face of the earth I have pressed.
    Because I have loved life,
    I shall have no sorrow to die.
  • Life can never stay the same
    No matter how we try
    Our hands can never stop
    The clock of life from ticking by
    But love remains, unchanging
    In the care of sorrowing hearts
    For as the love of life is stilled
    The love of memory starts
  • I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
    I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done.
    I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
    Of happy times and laughing times
    And bright and sunny days.
    I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
    To dry before the sun
    Of happy memories that I leave
    When life is done

Sympathy poems with comforting words

It makes sense that you want to send some comforting words to the person who’s grieving. We collected these sympathy poems here in order to help you — now you don’t need to write your own poems (because, well, we understand that it’s extremely difficult for you to find the right words right now). All you have to do is to choose one of them and to send it. That’s all.

  • If roses grow in heaven,
    Lord please pick a bunch for me,
    Place them in my Mother’s arms
    and tell her they’re from me.
    Tell her I love her and miss her,
    and when she turns to smile,
    place a kiss upon her cheek
    and hold her for awhile.
    Because remembering her is easy,
    I do it every day,
    but there’s an ache within my heart
    that will never go away.
  • 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.
  • The life that I have
    Is all that I have
    And the life that I have
    Is yours
    The love that I have
    Of the life that I have
    Is yours and yours and yours.
    A sleep I shall have
    A rest I shall have
    Yet death will be but a pause
    For the peace of my years
    In the long green grass
    Will be yours and yours and yours.
  • If I should go before you,
    I’ll still be there with you,
    As every golden memory
    Gives comfort, to see you through.
    If I should go before you,
    You’ll always have my love,
    And we’ll be together again,
    We two, in heaven above.
  • When loved ones have to part
    To help us feel were with them still
    And soothe a grieving heart
    They span the years and warm our lives
    Preserving ties that bind
    Our memories build a special bridge
    And bring us peace of mind

Poems to express words of sympathy

The poems here will work great if you are looking for the best way to express your deepest condolences and compassion. They will also give strength to the person who has just lost his or her loved one — so if you don’t know what to say at a time like this, well, here you can find the words that’ll help you.

  • Those we love remain with us
    For love itself lives on,
    And cherished memories never fade
    Because a loved one’s gone.
    Those we love can never be
    More than a thought apart,
    Far as long as there is memory,
    They’ll live on in the heart.
  • At this time of sorrow,
    may these truths sustain you…
    Your loved one will always
    be as close as a memory,
    and the God of all comfort
    will always be as
    close as a prayer.
    may these truths sustain you…
    Your loved one will always
    be as close as a memory,
    and the God of all comfort
    will always be as
    close as a prayer.
  • You are forever loved
    though this life fades away
    and all mortal bodies decay.
    You will forever be my beloved,
    my immortal betrothed,
    my enduring flame,
    my guiding light,
    my compass rose.
  • They say I’m sorry for your loss.
    They say your heart will mend.
    They say you’re in a better place
    and death is not the end.
    They say you’re reunited
    with loved ones gone before.
    They say that you’ll be waiting
    when I walk through heaven’s door.
    I feel their love in every word
    of comfort they impart
    and know that each is spoken
    from deep within the heart.
    But all the words of comfort,
    though kind, sincere, and true,
    can’t take away the emptiness
    I’m feeling without you.
  • Although your work on earth is done,
    Your life in heaven has just begun.
    Your struggles here were hard and long,
    But they’re over now; you’re finally home.
    Life wasn’t easy, by choice or fate.
    A decision made, sometimes too late.
    A fight to the finish, always strong.
    Rest easy, father, you’re finally home.

Short condolences poems

Whether you are going to send a message or write the right words in a sympathy card, you’ll have to be brief. It’s one of those unwritten rules — you don’t have to write a long, 100+ line verses to express your feelings and your deep sorrow. Check these five short and beautiful condolences poems!

  • A light went out on Earth for me
    The day we said goodbye
    And on that day a star was born,
    The brightest in the sky
    Reaching through the darkness
    With its rays of purest white
    Lighting up the Heavens
    As it once lit up my life
    With beams of love to heal
    The broken heart you left behind
    Where always in my memory
    Your lovely star will shine
  • 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
  • We thought of you with love today,
    But that is nothing new.
    We thought about you yesterday.
    And days before that too.
    We think of you in silence.
    We often speak your name.
    Now all we have is memories.
    And your picture in a frame.
    Your memory is our keepsake.
    With which we’ll never part.
    God has you in his keeping.
    We have you in our heart.
  • our heart was broken
    without a warning, no words spoken
    you were taken away
    someone said you could not stay
    empty and lonely is what we are
    we lost a precious shining star
    our family torn apart
    your world began with a promising start
    life is unfair
    this difficult cross we must bear
    strength and courage we will find
    our special child always in our mind
    a place in heaven is where you sit
    looking at that star you lit
    in our thoughts forever you will be
    never knowing why someone set you free
  • The sun shines down upon us
    and gives us warmth and light.
    Then when the day has ended,
    it disappears from sight.
    Though we’re left in darkness,
    we know the sun has not died,
    for it is shining brightly
    on the world’s other side.
    So it is when one we love
    comes to their end of days.
    They just go to the other side
    to shine their loving rays.
    That’s why heaven is a place
    that glows beyond compare.
    The lights of those who’ve left us
    are all brightly shining there.

Condolences poetry for sympathy card

Looking for some meaningful, thoughtful and really deep words to write in a sympathy card? Then take a look at these short poems. Here you’ll find only the best condolences poetry pieces!

  • The sorrow we feel
    No words can explain
    The ache in our hearts
    Will always remain
    There is a special Husband
    Up there in Heaven above
    There will never be another
    With a heart so full of love
    Wherever I go
    Whatever I do
    Those I love don’t go away
    They walk beside me everyday
    “Unseen, unheard but always near”
    Still loved and missed and very dear
  • I will always love
    Till we meet again
    As we know we will
    There’s a hole in our hearts
    Only you can fill
    Beautiful memories treasured forever
    Of the happy times we spent together
    “Life is eternal, love will remain”
    In Gods own time we shall meet again
  • May you take comfort in knowing
    An angel is watching over you
    May it help you in thought now
    And the things yet to do
  • 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 thine.
    Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine
    And I perchance may there in comfort you.
  • The tide recedes but leaves behind
    bright seashells on the sand.
    The sun goes down, but gentle
    warmth still lingers on the land.
    The music stops, and yet it echoes
    on in sweet refrains…
    For every joy that passes,
    something beautiful remains.

Sorry for your loss poems

Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry for your loss” phrase is enough, but more often it isn’t. If you need something deeper, check these beautiful “sorry for your loss” poems. They will certainly help the person who has lost a loved one.

  • Tear drops run down our faces
    While our loved one takes her place
    In the land of dreams and faith
    She waits for the day when life will wake
    The sun will rise and the clouds will clear
    Her smile we show she is near
    We’ll feel her strength when a new day is here
    And her heart when it’s too hard to bear
    My angel is one with the bluest eyes
    The honest voice and generous spirit
    Her love is there whenever we need it
    All we have to do is believe it
    She may be gone, but that doesn’t change
    The way she makes us feel every day
    When the wind blows by and the trees shake
    We hear every word she makes
    No matter where we go
    She will be there
    Always willing to show she cares
    She’s sitting on her cloud above
    Watching all of those she loves
  • The sorrow of the faithful
    is not that of permanent loss,
    but the tender sense of sadness
    that comes in saying good-bye for now
    to someone we love.
    May today’s sorrow give way
    to the peace and
    comfort of God’s love.
  • For a second you were flying
    Like you always wanted to
    Now you’ll fly forever
    In skies of azure blue
    We’ll see your smile in every ray
    Of sunshine after rain
    And hear the echo of your laughter
    Over all the pain
    The world’s a little quieter now
    The colours have lost their hue
    The birds are singing softly
    And our hearts are missing you
    Each time we see a little cloud
    Or a rainbow soaring high
    We’ll think of you and gently
    Wipe a tear from our eye
  • A stone I died and rose again a plant;
    A plant I died and rose an animal;
    I died an animal and was born a man.
    Why should I fear? What have I lost by death?
  • And I’ve got to understand
    You must release the ones you love
    And let go of their hand.
    I try and cope the best I can
    But I’m missing you so much
    If I could only see you
    And once more feel your touch.
    Yes, you’ve just walked on ahead of me
    Don’t worry I’ll be fine
    But now and then I swear I feel
    Your hand slip into mine.

Sympathy poems to comfort the grieving

There are several things you can do to comfort the grieving person, and a good sympathy poem is one of those things (maybe it isn’t the best thing, but they still work). Choose the best sympathy verse here:

  • At this time of sorrow,
    may these truths sustain you…
    Your loved one will always
    be as close as a memory,
    and the God of all comfort
    will always be as
    close as a prayer.
    may these truths sustain you…
    Your loved one will always
    be as close as a memory,
    and the God of all comfort
    will always be as
    close as a prayer.
  • Remember them like they’re still here
    Even though they are not
    They have gone to a better place
    Somewhere we are not
    The feeling of loss we get
    Some people don’t understand
    Just to get one more day
    When our parent walked this land
    I wasn’t there that morning
    When my father passed away
    I didn’t get to tell him
    All the things I had to say
    You and your mum where best of friends
    Remember that’s what you told me
    So speak like she’s still here
    Tell your kids the stories
    They won’t think your queer
    So don’t be ashamed
    Because I am not
    To talk about them
    They gave us a lot
  • You never have to say goodbye
    He will never leave you alone
    When you’re sad, just look to the sky
    And feel the love that has grown
    Soul mates are what you truly are
    Purer love I have never known
    For now you will have to love from afar
    But you will never be on your own
    Just smile when you think of Dad
    You will make it through
    Even though sometimes you are sad
    Just know that he will never leave you
  • Your loss is your whole world today;
    Your hurt feelings will not go away;
    If you’re needing a friend,
    On whom you’ll depend,
    Call me anytime, any day.
    I’m thinking of you, and I care;
    If you have feelings you’re wanting to share,
    Just give me a ring;
    We’ll discuss everything;
    When you need me, I’ll always be there.
  • Though nothing can bring back the hour
    of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower,
    We will grieve not, rather find
    Strength in what remains behind.

Sympathy poems for loss of a loved one

People who lose their loved ones have extremely difficult time. Sympathy poems can help them (at least a little) — basically, sending or reading such a verse is the easiest thing you can do. Take a look:

  • Words, however kind,
    can’t mend your heartache:
    but those who care and
    share your loss wish you
    comfort and peace of mind.
  • When you miss him/her,
    we’re with you in spirit,
    wondering how you feel,
    hoping you’re coping,
    and getting a little better each day.
    We understand. We care.
    When you’re grieving,
    we’re beside you,
    in our hearts, in our thoughts,
    we’re sending you sympathy,
    encouragement, affection,
    and strength to carry on with life.
    He/she would want it that way.
  • 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.
  • It will be the little things
    that you will remember,
    the quiet moments,
    the smiles, the laughter.
    And although it may seem
    hard right now,
    it will be the memories
    of these little things
    that help to push
    away the pain
    and bring the smiles
    back again.
  • It’s strange we don’t appreciate
    The things we see each day
    We never know their value
    Till they’re cruelly snatched away
    Things I took for granted then
    Her voice, her smile, her touch
    I always knew I loved her
    But I never knew how much

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