Poetry & Prose

Poetry & Prose

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Many bereaved parents find it helpful to share their experiences with others and to hear from parents in similar positions to themselves. As part of this process, we are building a database of stories, meaningful poems or prose that have helped you or others through the grieving process. Bereavement poetry such as this can be an excellent tool in connecting with others’. As well as personal reflection, these meaningful words make powerful poems for funerals.

Lewis’ Poem

My footprints trail from where I stand,

Yet no such trace where you should be,

I long for you to hold my hand,

Wherever I am, come fine me.

Each raindrop bites like piercing stone,

And through the haze, I fight, I flee,

But if you’re here I’, not alone,

When I call your name, come find me.

You are the sun’s embracing glow,

The shadow cast behind each tree,

I feel you in the winds that blow,

When I need you near, come find me.

You are the swift and bracing rush

Of crashing waves that break at sea,

You whisper through the twilight’s hush,

When I hear your voice, come find me.

My footprints trail from where I stand,

Yet no such trace I need to see,

To know you’re here to hold my hand,

Wherever I am, you’re with me.

Author: Rachel Mead & Charlotte Toms

Lewis Fraser died aged 17 on 19 April 2010 from Diabetic Ketoacidosis.  This poem was written by two of his friends also aged 17.

Poem for my Mum

The moment you found out I was in your tummy,

Growing each day as your love cradled me.

Month 1 Month 2 Month 3 Month 4,

As the days went by I loved you even more.

When you felt the first kicks I saw your beautiful smile,

The thought we would be meeting in such a little while!

We have finally met, I’m wrapped up warm and cosy.

I stared at your brown curly hair your cheeks all rosy.

Blinking softly as you gave me tiny kisses,

I want to be with you forever, over a thousand wishes.

Time goes by, why are you sad Mummy?

I’m a part of you now, there’s no need to worry.

I never went away and I never will.

My wish came true! I am here with you still.

Now I’m luck enough to be living in your heart,

The warmest most beautiful place, we’ll never be apart.

Author: Jessica