Bereavement Sorry Poems

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Details | Rhyme |

Best of friends, for countless years,
we had the best of times.
Now as my eyes are filled with tears,
your soul to Heaven climbs.
The path we take, not always clear,
I feel so lost without you here.
Your last words, prophetic now,
“I’ll be home soon”- you knew somehow.
You left me here, I’m so alone,
but I dreamed Heaven had a phone.
We talked all night, you fell asleep,
I held the line to hear you breathe…  

 

   Copyright © 2013



Copyright © Cole Banner | Year Posted 2013




Details | Couplet |
Things were difficult enough, before things had changed,
My mind rushed to deal with things that just got rearranged.

It's been so long and I'm not sure what to say,
My life took a turn on me, back on that day.

My eyes were covered with pain so deep,
Nothing had prepared me for this painful trip.

Things were moving along so smooth,
then one phone call, made my earth move.

I cared about nothing, but what was in front,
expecting you to be mad, for pulling this stunt,

Ashamed of myself for not being better,
Not sure I could say how in this letter.

But I want you to know, I missed you all so much,
Hopefully, I'm back and haven't lost my touch.

I speak to you now, from deep within my heart,
I'm not the same person, simply just one part.

Part of my soul has died and will never be the same,
I must grieve and move forward now without any shame.

I am so sorry that I left you all my dear friends,
All I can say, is that I will try to make amends.

I'm not sure what to expect, from pouring my heart out like this,
You should know that you all deserve better, I give you one big kiss.


Copyright © Donald Williams | Year Posted 2014

Details | Sonnet |
The day I woke up
I will never forget
Confusion
An enormous pang of guilt hits me in the solar plexus
I curl up into the foetal position
As I remember

The guilt
How can I face it?
Them
Explanations will be expected
I will say it was accidental?
I didn't mean it
But I did 
And they found the note

I speak to a doctor
How do you feel? He enquires
I feel ok I lie
But he sees through my deceit
He is trained to discover my thoughts
He has a kind face
But can I trust him
I don’t want to be locked away

Can I tell him I feel angry?
That it didn't work and I don’t want to be here
In a world I am not good enough for
And a burden to those close
Can I tell him I am disappointed?
That no one will miss me
No one will care
So what if I die?
You don’t know me

Can I tell him I’m a terrible mother?
I did it to give my kids a better life
My depression clearly affects them
They deserve better than me
A life of happiness and joy
My state of mind prevents that
I feel so much guilt it kills inside
I have no money, our house second hand
I did it for them, my darling children
It is them I now have to face
 
Can I tell him I was happy?
The moment my decision was made
End my life and the constant pain
Peace for me  
Relief for my family
Knowing the end was near
I felt organised
A resolution found


Can I tell him I miss my loved ones?
Those who passed over the years
I felt that I needed them
To be near
To be loved
As I was
I feel alone
I imagined them all waiting for me
With open arms, smiles and big hugs

Can I tell him the guilt is too much?
I want to run as fast as I can
Jump of a bridge 
Or under a bus
I am gutted I’m here
I need to escape
I feel trapped like a wild animal
Awaiting my fate

But I will bide my time
Until no one suspects
“She’s fine just down in the dumps”
A cry for help
She just needs pills
Maybe therapy
Or just to talk 

No one will ever know
The misery and torture inside
That rips me to pieces 
Thwarts any chance of happiness
No light at the end of the tunnel
No hope of ending this suffering
A solitary silence I will hold
Until the time I get my wish
To be free, at peace, at last

So please don’t judge me
I tried my best but failed
I am not like you
I am weak
I am fragile
I cannot cope with what life gives
Many years wounded
Pain and suffering
In the dark and alone
I am damaged beyond repair

Copyright © Sarah Bryant | Year Posted 2015




Details | Ballad |
Seven sorry soldiers
Hiding in a ditch
Errol caught some shrapnel
And then there were six

Six sorry soldiers
Barely glad to be alive
Barrett took a bullet
And then there were five

Five sorry soldiers
As brave as trained to be
Geoff and Tom stood on a bomb
That left only three

Three sorry soldiers
Curt and Blare and Ron
Blare was scalped from a turret
The other two went on

Two sorry soldiers
Ronald T and Curt
Curtis had to press right on
When Ronald B got hurt

Just one sorry soldier:
Curtis M McGee
One of seven not yet in heaven
That sorry soul is me

Copyright © Andrew Holt | Year Posted 2016

Details | Elegy |
Denied an unspoken moment
If I were only "granted" the chance
The right suspiciously stolen
Upon your untimely-you left
My heart pierced, laden with leftover guilt
A wound not completely healed
Tears descend out of broken windows 
My troubled essence hardly feels
Anguish I refused to admit
Looking past my face
Avoiding my reflection's gaze
Attempting to ignore my personal distaste
I remember clearly the fourth day
Though it was truly my first
More enraged at being the last to know
I wallowed in a selfish hurt
So ANGRY
 Praying it an unpleasant joke, deflecting
Snatching the band of trust off my non-right hand
I've beseeched to be forgiven
Feeling no "You are"
Wish strongly time could reverse
To days before you resigned from existing
residing in the seed of my grief
So you, I can release you to peace
Exit the abyss that consumed me
Get over the growing mountain before me
Now I apologized hauntingly
I must traverse around to get past
What I naught gotten over
 Loved you so much so
Must let you go
Uncertain if you knew
My apology, my sable shade, love unexpressed
Never received the chance
Foe the truth of my words
To embrace your final ears
I'm sorry. Goodbye.

Copyright © Jelani Hall | Year Posted 2017

Details | Free verse |

Life at times just doesn’t seem fair,

When a loved one embraced just hours ago, suddenly is no longer there.

If only we could make life at times in retrospect, just stand still,

Then captured moments of joy, wouldn’t need decades for a broken heart to heal.

Life at times marches only to the beat of its self-proclaimed drum.

Life at times leaves us bewildered and dismayed at the sudden loss of a special someone.

Life at times creates an emptiness in our heart and soul, making it sometimes difficult to start anew.

The dark cloud of pain and sorrow will no doubt hover, until life at times naturally lets the radiance 
of sunlight through.

With sincere sympathy, I am truly sorry for your loss and at times the piercing loneliness that may 
engulf you.

We are thankful that life at this time lets us celebrate your loved one with you.  It’s the least we can do.

Al Johnson 

Copyright © Al Johnson | Year Posted 2014

Details | Rhyme |
The morning sunlight flooded into the room,
From far away a cuckoo could be heard -
Heralding the advent of spring
When flowers would bloom.

The sky was a bright blue,
The fields were lush green,
And the colourful houses
All of varied hues.

At one corner of the room lay -
A pair of "Painted" Spectacles,
In the shadow of an almirah
Throughout the day.

Oh! What a thing are the Painted Spectacles!
When the sky looks gloomy, it seems so blue,
When the fields are barren, they look green
Really, they cause such miracles!

However, life is not SUCH a spectacle -
It is instead the decision whether,
We want them or not,
Whether, we want to get rid of our obstacles.

And then comes a time,
When life is pulled away from life;
And we, reduced to certain despair -
Life becomes nothing but grime.

So, although the jolly day inflicted no pain,
But the mind could not find any hope;
At a corner, the Painted Spectacles lay,
Perhaps never to be put on again.

Copyright © SOHOM GUPTA | Year Posted 2015

Details | Couplet |
It is already dark, for the earth and for me -
Night has fallen, and little can I see.
But I feel you by me, tears in your eye;
Now just forget it all and look up at the sky.
Look at those stars, don't they seem to call
Me, to their abode, with nightfall?
Now don't cry and let me go;
I forgive you, you're no longer my foe.
I am dying in comfort, I have no pain,
My death knell is ringing, I can hear the strain.
I no longer feel, the sufferings I got,
For at the cost of your happiness, arrogance I bought.
And you betrayed, you did what was right;
I needed a lesson -"The Lesson of Life".
Now don't think of what, fate did to my life,
Leave me and go, set your destiny right.
And as I ebb, with the light breeze,
I won't curse you, for I am in peace.
Now let me close my eyes and make my way,
To the doors of peace, where forever I may stay.

Copyright © SOHOM GUPTA | Year Posted 2015

Details | Verse |
I thought I was fully drowned in this trip
 I’ve gotten into far, far away
I thought I was fully hooked up in your love
 so dearly, fairly and sweetly
I thought I am happy and contented 
of the years we built and years made
I thought I’d never look for someone else 	
and find the same happiness
I thought It will just be fine to sometimes play 
some good-old-boy thing
I thought I was going to enjoy it just once 
but did it several times
I thought I was going to get rid of it so easily
		for it is as easy as one, two, three
I thought I’d never fall for someone else
		Because you alone is more than anything else
I thought I could just easily go from here to there
		Without even hurting or injuring
I thought it was going to be easy now, 
		Now that I’ve gotten resources and experience
I thought I can manage everything
		And put everything under my control
I thought, I thought, I thought……
		I thought, they are all true
I thought I was strong, indestructible, untouchable
		Indomitable and courageous
I thought I won’t be hurt and can bear any pain
		
But all these assumptions have come to pass
		I made my wrong judgments for those that I thought of
It all came down, crushed me into millions of pieces
		I thought, I can easily bring them together into one piece
But not it is, and only time can tell as to when
		I thought……..

Copyright © Freddie Aragon | Year Posted 2017

Details | Couplet |
With each breath their love grew a love like no other;
the world seem to vanish when they were together.

She's charming and quick-witted, working class student, 
a passion love for music, caring, and prudent.

He's a "preppy jock ", heir to family fortune.
She became his wife without his father's support. 

Dealing with life struggles, wanting a family, 
her struggle with knowledge she was dying quickly. 

On her dying bed her wish was to be embraced, 
she told him she had no regrets, she had been graced.

With the love they had shared as she took her last breath.
Aware it was imminent she did not fear death.

His father arrived too late, and said, "I'm sorry."
His son's response,
"Love, Love means never having to say you're sorry."

He looked down into her face, no matter how hard
he stares, she didn't move, his essence and body marred.

He found a woman he loved, truly loved, and she
has been taken from him, never again to be.

A tear rolled down his check while watching the sky chant
alive with color of lavender to vibrant, 
pink, lustrous orange as the sun descends into 
the skyline, vanishing into the deepest hue.


10/1/2017

Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2017

Details | Rhyme |
I'm so sorry I wasn't there when you slipped away,
I battle with my guilt every single day.
I did come to see you, so I could kiss you goodbye,
I felt your soul had already left, I couldn't watch the rest of you die.
You had the stronger ones around you, they were there to hold your hand,
The pain of losing you, was more than I could stand.
I know you don't think any less of me,
You know that I will love you for all eternity.
The world lost a gentleman, the best I've ever known,
I carry our memories in my heart, so I never feel alone.
With your love for life and your Lion's heart,
As an influence on my life, you still have the leading part.
I miss your smile and laughter, your stories too,
I think about you every day, no matter what I do.
I know you walk beside me, to guide me on my way,
Grandad there's so much more, I would like to say.
You already know this and you know it's true,
I Love You with all my heart and I Miss You Too!

Copyright © Kay Roberts | Year Posted 2017

Details | Free verse |
I'M NOT PERFECT BUT I AM FORGIVEN

Oh, Lord there's many, many, many things that I've driven;
Angry, hopelessness, self-righteousness, given;
Sin ran through my blood as I breath the air of hell;
As I listened to the third father, the father of lies, Satan;
The use to be an Arch angel Lucifer;
Until Michael by God's orders kicked him out the door;
Come falling, he's falling
In sin and shame I'm dawning, I'm calling, I too am falling;
But that, that remains is;
All the sins I've committed;
I've been forgiven;
For I have repented;
And...
I'm not perfect but I am forgiven

Oh, Lord I don't need a shoulder to cry on;
Father God you leant me a body to die on;
Jesus hung on the cross for me;
Long, long, long ago on that tree;
And I so sorry for that, that I've done;
Father God, I thank you always for your saving Son;
And I know His works are never done;
In sin and shame I'm dawning, I'm calling, I too am falling;
But that, that remains is;
All the sins I've committed;
I've been forgiven;
For I have repented;
And...
I'm not perfect but I am forgiven
Care not if the world believes or even forgives me;
For you see no MAN has a heaven or hell to place me;
God please forgive me for those sins that run..
Through the cord, the marrow, spirit, soul body;
I am so, so, so, very gladly, glad....
They can only put me in the grave;
I've repented sincerely and turned around;
Walk these streets with my head up high, world...
I'm not perfect but I am forgiven
I'm not perfect but I'm forgiven;
Matters not if you believe it, brother, sister...
I'M NOT PERFECT BUT I AM FORGIVEN
AMEN

12/22/17
written by James Edward Lee Sr.
from anthology "Strong Faith"

Copyright © James Edward Lee Sr. | Year Posted 2017

Details | Rhyme |
Kilroy Was Here, etched in sand on the shore
Waves wash over the inscription till it’s seen no more
The sea crashes over castles built by children at play
To commemorate a beautiful day.
It’s my fault, too. 
Sand dollars with stars in place of Ceasar’s face
Most are in pieces, but a few managed not to break 
Shark teeth that can no longer bite are fun to find
And seagulls shed feathers that can no longer fly 
But might look good in a cap to wear with pride
There are corroded pieces of wood, remnants of the tree
Empty pearls float on the surface; others sink unseen
A vagabond rests in peace under the sun taking in heat and rays
A vacationer reads a book beneath an umbrella shading her place
A dead fish, a scallop, bread thrown to birds, remnants of a net, they wash up each day
With rice from a wedding and ashes that had been strewn into the ocean to stay
Shells shining from the sea’s refining on the inside
But unsightly and unidentified on their hide to the outside
Under the sand there is lost treasure to be found
Kilroy Was Here, I remember, but he’s gone now
It’s my fault, too. 
The tide at times seems ominously high and at times ominously low
But the shore will always be there I know
And Kilroy was there but is gone and forgotten now
It’s my fault, too. 

Copyright © Amy Sell | Year Posted 2018