33 Sympathy Poems

Sometimes, finding the right words to say to express your sympathy to someone who’s going through a lot of pain or struggle can be difficult. That’s why we collected some of the most touching sympathy poems to help ease the pain of someone you love. Some are long, some are short, but they all came from the poet’s heart.

Sympathy Poems


1. Please Don’t Cry

By: Joe Green


Please, don’t cry.

I’m not really gone.

When you look out the window,

I’ll be standing on the lawn.


Please, don’t cry.

I’ll see you again.

Don’t be sad,

Keep up your chin.


Please, don’t cry.

I’m not really dead.

When you cry yourself to sleep,

I’ll be by your bed.


Please, don’t cry.

Just because we had to part,

As long as you remember me,

I’ll live in your heart.


Please, don’t cry.

I’m not gone forever.

I’ll be a cool and gentle breeze

In hot summer weather.


Please, don’t cry.

Don’t run and hide.

When you need a shoulder to lean on,

I’ll be by your side.


Please, don’t cry.

When you’re sad and weak,

I’ll be there

To kiss you on the cheek.


Please, don’t cry.

This is just a goodbye.

So please, oh please,

Baby, do not cry.


2. Finally Home

By: Lynn Casstevens 


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, mom, you’re finally home.

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3. The Loss Of A Loved One

By: Kenya. H


The loss of a loved one is so hard to face.

You just want to hide, 

go somewhere and escape! 

But death is something

we all must go through.

I know it’s hard

when it’s someone you loved and knew. 


Just know now, 

he is in a better place.

No more hurt or pain shall he face. 

It seems unfair, and yes, this is true, 

but he is in heaven now

watching over me and you.


God has called him home to rest.

And he’s being well taken care of 

Because God knows best


4. The Little White Hearse

By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox 


Somebody’s baby was buried today

The empty white hearse from the grave rumbled back,

And the morning somehow seemed less smiling and gay

As I paused on the walk while it crossed on its way,

And a shadow seemed drawn o’er the sun’s golden track.

Somebody’s baby was laid out to rest,

White as a snowdrop, and fair to behold,

And the soft little hands were crossed over the breast,

And those hands and the lips and the eyelids were pressed

With kisses as hot as the eyelids were cold.


Somebody saw it go out of her sight,

Under the coffin lid out through the door,

Somebody finds only darkness and blight

All through the glory of summer sun light,

Somebody’s baby will waken no more.


Somebody’s sorrow is making me weep,

I know not her name, but I echo her cry,

For the dearly bought baby she longed so to keep,

The baby that rode to its long-lasting sleep

In the little white hearse that went rumbling by.


I know not her name, but her sorrow I know,

While I paused on the crossing I lived it once more,

And back to my heart surged that river of woe

That but in the breast of a mother can flow,

For the little white hearse has been, too, at my door.


5. The Return

By: Alora M. Knight


At a time of sorrow, it is hard to believe

That the sun will once again shine.

That’s when it seems you do nothing but grieve,

With all joy being left far behind.


Still, life has a way of starting anew, 

A gradual moving away

From heartaches that linger, as heartaches will do,

If you will allow them to stay.


As spring returns to the Earth every year,

Bringing all of its beauty in view,

So merciful time will heal everything,

Bringing peace of mind back to you.


Know in your heart that love never dies,

No matter whatever befalls.

The only ones who never have tears in their eyes

Are those who loved no one at all.


The greater the love, the greater the loss.

Still, it’s love that makes life worth living.

Few are the ones who will not bear the cost

To have shared in the joy of its giving

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6. Precious Boy

By: Ilona M. Blake  


I’d like to offer my condolences

With a poem I’d like to share.

To all those suffering in this difficult time, 

I say a little prayer.


It is so hard for everyone

To think that you’re not here,

Your happy face, your gorgeous eyes, 

Your beautiful smile so dear.


Little angel, precious boy, 

Please spread your wings and fly.

God picked you as his new angel

Up there in the sky.


It’s times like this we question just

How could he let this be?

But he has a plan for each of us.

Sometimes it’s just hard to see.


Who knows in heaven, there might’ve been

Little angels in need

Of a special friend just like you, 

Someone to play with or to lead.


My heart goes out to your family,

Especially your mum and dad.

I can’t imagine how they must feel.

It is just so terribly sad.


But rest assured they’ll think of you, 

Each day through and through,

And they will keep you close to their heart 

In all they say and do.


So I encourage them to keep their faith

In this time that they grieve

To have courage, strength and be brave, 

To continue to believe.


To see the signs you’ll send to them, 

To let them know you’re near,

To keep your love alive forever 

And bring them a little cheer.


So whenever they see a beautiful rainbow 

High up in the sky

Or in the garden when they see

A graceful butterfly flutter by,


They will think of you, little one, 

And you will all never be apart,

As you will always have a place

Nestled deep within their heart.


We’ll look to the sky on a starry night 

And search for the brightest star,

As we will know that will be you

Shining down from afar.


God bless you, our beautiful boy.

Fly high up above.

May you always keep on smiling, 

And look after all those you love.


Little Angel, precious boy, 

We all just want you to know

That you’ll be safe in God’s hands now

And be missed forever so.


7. Heaven’s Light

By: Ron Tranmer 


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.

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8. They Say

By: Ron Tranmer


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.


9. A Child Never Forgotten

By: Carolyn Autiello


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


10. Just Call On Me

By: Karl Fuchs


I can’t comprehend just how sad you must feel

For the loss of someone you love.

This sorrowful time must still feel unreal

And you’re looking for strength from above.


I hope, from my heart, that your pain will decrease,

That your spirit will gain strength again,

And I pray that your faith will create inner peace

And that God will send blessings, Amen.


Till then, if you need me to lighten your load,

I’m waiting to come to your aid.

Just call on me, and I’ll walk down that road,

Until the dark times start to fade.


Deep condolences.


11. Sending Sympathy

By: Joanna Fuchs


I’m so sorry to hear of your recent loss,

I’m sending my sympathy,

If you need someone to help you now,

Please, friend, call on me.


12. After They Are Gone

By: Joanna Fuchs


When someone we love passes away,

We ache, but we go on,

Our dear departed would want us to heal,

After they are gone.


Grief is a normal way to mend

The anguish and pain in our hearts,

We need time to remember and time to mourn,

Before the recovery starts.


Let’s draw together to recuperate,

As we go through this period of sorrow,

Let’s help each other, with tender care

To find a brighter tomorrow.

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15. If We Could Bring You Back Again

By: Joanna Fuchs


If we could bring you back again,

For one more hour or day,

We’d express all our unspoken love,

We’d have countless things to say.


If we could bring you back again,

We’d say we treasured you,

And that your presence in our lives

Meant more than we ever knew.


If we could bring you back again,

To tell you what we should,

You’d know how much we miss you now,

And if we could, we would.


15. A Better Place

By: Joanna Fuchs


She’s in a better place right now

Than she’s ever been before;

All pain is gone, she’s now at rest,

Nothing troubles her anymore.


It’s we who feel the burden of

Our sadness and our grief,

We have to cry, to mourn our loss,

Before we get relief.


We know we’ll reconnect with her

At the end of each life’s road,

We’ll see her cherished face again

When we release our earthly load.


16. William Morecomb

By: Victoria Bruce


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


17. Sympathy

By: Paul Laurence Dunbar


I know what the caged bird feels, alas! 

When the sun is bright on the upland slopes,

When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, 

And the river flows like a stream of glass, 

When the first bird sings and the first bud opes, 

And the faint perfume from its chalice steals

I know what the caged bird feels.


I know why the caged bird beats his wing 

Till its blood is red on the cruel bars,

For he must fly back to his perch and cling 

When he fain would be on the bough a swing,

And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars 

And they pulse again with a keener sting,

I know why he beats his wing.


I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, 

When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, 

When he beats his bars and he would be free, 

It is not a carol of joy or glee, 

But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core, 

But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings 

I know why the caged bird sings. 

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18. 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.


19. 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


21. I Have Not Gone


You think I’ve gone, that I am dead, and life has lost its will,

But look around, I am right there, living with you still

I watch your tears, I feel your pain I see the things you do

I weep as well, each time you cry, my soul, it lives with you


It gives such joy to hear you laugh, and do the things you do

And when you smile o’er by gone days, I smile right with you too

For we’re still one, just you and me, one mind, one soul, one being

Walking forward into life, though only you are seen


And in the stillness of the night, when the pain it really starts

Stretch out a little with your mind and draw me to your heart

For I am always right in there, always by your side

For you have been, all my life’s days, my joy, my love my pride.


22. I Wrote Your Name


I wrote your name in the sand,

but the waves washed it away.

I wrote your name in the sky,

but the wind blew it away.

So I wrote your name in my heart,

and that’s where it will stay, always.


23. 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.


24. High Flight

By: John Gillespie Magee, Jr


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.


Up, up the long, delirious burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or ever eagle flew,

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


25. A Stone I Died

By: J. Rumi


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?


26. My Secret and Sacred Bird

By: Sri Chinmoy


My secret and sacred bird now flies

To meet the Spirit’s vacancy.

All chaos of life today dissolved,

In me a surge of ecstasy.


Gold flames within my longing heart

Invoke the cosmos parent sun.

A tapestry of truth unseen

Bursts forth within, the play is begun.


27. Funeral Blues

By: W.H. Auden


Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,

Silence the pianos and with muffled drum

Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.


Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead

Scribbling on the sky the message he is dead.

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,

Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.


He was my North, my South, my East and West,

My working week and my Sunday rest,

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song,

I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.


The stars are not wanted now, put out every one,

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods,

For nothing now can ever come to any good.

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28. Traditional Irish Blessing


May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,


May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home

And may the hand of a friend always be near.


May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the skies above you,

May pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hearts that love you.


29. Give What’s Left Of Me Away

By: Merrit Malloy


When I die

Give what’s left of me away

To children

And old men that wait to die.


And if you need to cry,

Cry for your brother

Walking the street beside you

And when you need me,

Put your arms

Around anyone

And give to them

What you need to give to me.


I want to leave you something,

Something better

Than words

Or sounds.


Look for me

In the people I’ve known

Or loved,

And if you cannot give me away,

At least let me live in your eyes

And not on your mind.


You can love me most

By letting

Hands touch hands

By letting

Bodies touch bodies

And by letting go

Of children

That need to be free.


Love doesn’t die,

People do.

So, when all that’s left of me

Is love,

Give me away.


30. A Gardener’s Last Wish

By: Joyce Fothergill


Don’t carry me off in a brass handledcoffin

With a wreath on my chest I won’t be at rest


There’s nothing much worse than a ride in a hearse

To a hole in the ground with just strangers around


No! bury me deep in the compost heap

Or pop me right under a nice floribunda


Its really much wiser to become fertiliser

Then I can grow roses as I decomposes.


31. Death is a Journey

By: Sri Chinmoy


Death is at once

The end of the body’s

Old journey

And the beginning of the soul’s

New journey.


32. The Life That I Have

By: Leo Marks


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.


33. I Am Free


Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,

I’m following paths God made for me

I took his hand, I heard him call

Then turned, and bid farewell to all

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to sing, to play

Tasks left undone must stay that way

I found my peace at close of play

And if my parting left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss

Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened… deep with sorrow

I wish you sunshine of tomorrow

My life’s been full I’ve savoured much

Good friends, good times

A loved one’s touch

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee

God wanted me now

He set me free.


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