3 Poems About Death that Will Give You a New Perspective

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Poets are known to say the words that others cannot. When dealing with a difficult situation, such as death, you can bet that there is a category of poems speaking of the same feelings and emotions. Poems about grief are not only therapeutic, but they also offer a variety of perspectives that may help you understand the situation better.

3 Poems About Loss That You Need to Read

Whether you are looking for a new outlook or wanting to feel less alone, we have provided 3 of our favourite poems about death that you can find and read online. If you are looking for some poetry that will give you a new perspective on death, read through these summaries and find a poem that resonates with you.

Poem #1: She is Gone by David Harkins

This is an exceptional poem about grief and addresses the sadness that consumes those left behind. When a loved one passes away, it can be so easy to lose oneself in the grief and hurt we are feeling, we forget to celebrate our loved one’s life and all that they achieved. If you are looking for a poem that is uplifting and positive, Harkins captures the typical thoughts and behaviour of mourners and channels a new take that will assist the healing process.


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 will come back

Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left


Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her

Or you can be full of the love that 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 and 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 would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.


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Poem #2: When I’m Gone by Lyman Hancock

This poem is especially comforting if you have had to watch a loved one suffer through sickness or fight for their lives in a hospital bed. Death after suffering often leaves a bitter feeling and impure memories of the once healthy and lively person. ‘When I’m Gone’ is a poem that speaks of memory after death and how one should forget all the memories of a loved one that is not their best. This poem is sure to have you reminiscing all the good times you shared together and undoubtedly bring a smile to your face.


When I come to the end of my journey

And I travel my last weary mile

Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned

And remember only the smile


Forget unkind words I have spoken

Remember some good I have done

Forget that I ever had heartache

And remember I’ve had loads of fun


Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered

And sometimes fell by the way

Remember I have fought some hard battles

And won, ere the close of the day


Then forget to grieve for my going

I would not have you sad for a day

But in summer just gather some flowers

And remember the place where I lay


And come in the shade of evening

When the sun paints the sky in the west

Stand for a few moments beside me

And remember only my best

Poem #3: Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye

This uplifting poem is one of our ultimate favourites, simply because of the positive perspective and comfort of the words. The poem speaks of how our lost loved ones do not lie underground for eternity, rather the poet lists all the places you will find your loved one; in the stars, the wind and snow. By linking lost loved ones to universal elements, Frye is giving those on earth a sense of comfort that our loved ones live on once they have left us.


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 sun 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.

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