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83 Daughter To Father Poems After Death

Inside: 83 daughter to father poems after death.

Losing loved ones in any category is difficult, if not seemingly catastrophic, but losing a parent is the worst of them all. Seeing the one that loved you unconditionally and raised you and lifted you up when you were down in a state where you maybe felt helpless is a gut wrenching feeling that nothing can ever ease.

If you’re a daddy’s girl, and you’ve recently lost your father, first of all, I just want to say that my heart is with you. There’s nothing quite like this pain.

While there may be years that we took our parents for granted, they have always been number one in our lives and they know that we always loved and appreciated them beyond words and expression, even if we rarely expressed it.

It can definitely be too much to bear sometimes, but as you’re walking through these types of loss, it can be a big help to find words from others that have felt the same pain, been through the same loss, and seen the same turmoil. Poetry is the soul speaking, so as you seek healing words, find them here.

Find a community of others that want to help you through the pain you feel and help you to the other side.

Here are 83 poems from daughter to father after death.

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Funeral Tribute To Dad

The hardest part of the process of grieving a parent is different for everyone. There’s no right or wrong answer about when you should or should not feel the worst about the passing of someone you love. It hits us all differently, inconsistently, and in waves.

Grief is a weird thing.

But if you find yourself in the phase of denial or bargaining when time for the funeral comes around, this can be an especially jarring time. This wakes you up out of the reality in your head that you have created to say that it wasn’t real and that this isn’t actually happening.

Paying a tribute to your father after passing is going to be one of the biggest breakthrough moments, as you can say everything that you wish to say in his honor, and give tribute to the man that he was for you in your life.

Every family situation is different, and every one of us have different relationships with our fathers. Some were strained, some were the best of friends. It doesn’t necessarily make the process harder or easier if you were closer or farther from him. Rather, each has its own difficulties. But paying a heartfelt tribute to your father at his funeral is going to be a healing process for anyone. If you’re toying with the answer of yes or no to pay your public respects to your dad for this major event, consider what it could do for your own personal healing.

While you may want to use your own words, there are plenty of options for using the words of others. Reading scriptures if you’re religious is one common way, and reading a poem written from a daughter to her father is a beautiful way to utilize something so artistic and soulful for someone that really was your world in a sense. Your own words may not be able to be articulated and processed yet at this time, and that’s okay. Processing happens at different rates. If you find a poem here to read that encapsulates how you viewed and loved and cherished your father, there’s nothing wrong with reading it at his funeral.

Funeral Poems

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1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

by Dylan Thomas

2. The Greatest Man

I knew a man, he was the greatest man
I’ve known in all my days.
Then one day God called on him,
and now he’s gone away.

I loved this man with all my heart,
and in my heart he’ll stay.
Continuing to lift me up,
and lead me when I stray.

This great man he was my Dad,
he meant the world to me.
He was always there supporting me,
even when he disagreed.

He was my rock, my sounding board,
He could always make me see.
The things in life that matter most,
are truth and family.

Even though eye to eye,
we do not always see.
I promise Dad to live my life,
with love and honesty.

I miss you Dad so very much,
and deeply it pains me.
I can’t believe I won’t hear your voice,
your face no longer see.

I hope you know you’re my hero,
and this you’ll always be.
I will find strength, I’ll carry on,
I’ll make you proud of me.

Until the day we meet again,
I know waiting you will be.
In paradise, I’ll see you there,
with your arms wide open for me.

by Derick Revane

3. Dad, What’s It Like In Heaven?

If time exists in heaven,
Do you still rise with the sun?
Do you and Mom share breakfast
Before your day has begun?

Can the heavens hear your laughter
As you sit and reminisce
About the time we had together
And other people that you miss?

And Daddy, do you still take walks
Along heaven’s seas?
And when you gaze upon the surf,
Do you remember walks with me?

Are your standing with those brave young men
Upon its perfect shores?
Finally by their sides again,
Your comrades from the war.

Do you gather with your family
Beneath heaven’s glow?
And gaze upon those mountains still
That once you called your home.

Is music all around you,
All those songs you held so dear?
Do you and Mom still sing together,
The way you did when you were here?

Do you ever have long talks with God
About those left behind?
Do you tell him all the stories
Of all our grand and treasured times?

I think that heaven must be grateful
To have you there each day,
To bring your easy laughter
And your silly sense of play.

And I’m sure that God already knows
The special father you had been
And how I wish that you were here
To guide my way again.

But I carry you inside my heart.
You are never far from me.
I see you in my smile
And in who I grew to be.

And I’m sure that on this Father’s Day
God will help you celebrate
All those dads who changed the world with love.
What a party that will make!

by Patricia A Fleming

4. To My Daddy, On Your Birthday

Today was the day
So many years ago
You came into this world,
Bringing a special glow.

So full of love
And laughter so loud.
Thinking of you today,
You still make us proud.

Daddy, I know you’re watching,
I know your looking down.
Your birthday is today,
And although you’re not around,

It doesn’t stop our thoughts
And never stops our prayers.
I am sending birthday wishes
To my angel upstairs.

by Danniele Berkley

5. My Dad, My Angel

Your battle is now over; no more tears flowing down your cheek,
no more pain, no more suffering; now you are no longer weak.
I still do not understand why this had to happen to you,
but I am proud to say you are my dad, the greatest man I ever knew.
Although you will not be here to walk me down the aisle,
when that day comes, I know you will be by my side with a smile.
You were always there for me and never once made me cry
until the day you closed your eyes and had to say goodbye.
Now you are my Angel, so spread your wings out wide.
Please wrap them around me whenever you see me cry.
Our time together was memorable, and God took you way too fast,
But the most precious thing to me was your being there for my first breath
and me being there for your last.

by Jamie A. Cirello

6. Goodbye Dad

It’s never the right time
To say goodbye.
I will miss you, Dad,
And here is why.
You taught me so much:
To show no fear,
To always have fun,
And face the day with cheer.

You were always so able,
So fast and so strong.
In your little girl’s eyes
You could do no wrong.
You would always listen,
And you never pried.
You were the arms around me
When I cried.

You never looked for praises,
And you were never one to boast.
You were always there
For those you loved the most.

You worked so hard,
And those strong working hands
Led me through life
And helped me understand
That life can be hard,
And tough, and sad,
But through it all
I had my Dad.

And because of you,
I understood
That life was actually
Pretty good.
I believe in you
And will follow your path,
And when things go wrong,
I’ll look back and laugh.

I hope you can hear me
So I can let you know
That you were and will forever
Be my superhero.
So yes, today
I am full of sorrow,
But I will smile a little more
With each tomorrow.

So please, Dad, go
Be at rest
And know to me
You were always the best.

I love you so much and miss you every day!

by Leanne Brady

7. Can’t Accept That You’re Gone

I hate that I can’t see your face,
except for a picture on my mirror.

But I love that when I look at it,
I feel you are near.

I hate that you can’t speak to me
when I mention the word “DAD.”

But I love the way your voice is in my memory
from all the talks we had.

I hate that God took you so soon,
when I still needed you here.

But I love the thought of you at peace,
no more pain and no more fear.

I hate not knowing for sure
what happens when you die.

But I really love to believe
there is a heaven past the sky.

The thing I love to hate the most
is when people think I’m so strong.

But it actually only seems that way because
I can’t accept the fact that you really are gone!

by Jamie A. Cirello

8. For My Daddy

Have you seen my Daddy?
I don’t know where he’s gone.
Sometimes it hurts so much
I can’t seem to carry on.

I hear he doesn’t look quite the same.
He doesn’t need much rest.
The IV and medications are all gone;
In fact, he looks his best.

Is he playing tag with his parents
In that place way up high?
Or is he napping in God’s garden
Where the beautiful in hammocks lie?

Some say he is always watching.
I hope this to be true
And that one day he’ll return to me
And say, “I’ve come for you.”

Have you seen my Daddy?
I imagine he’s doing okay,
Though it hurts to know
I can’t call him every day.

I really miss my Daddy.
I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
It will never be the same.
Years from now, I know I’ll cry.

I bet God is with my Daddy,
Wrapped up in His arms,
Sheltered from all illness and sorrow,
Keeping him from harm.

I bet he sees us mourning
But would want us to smile
And tell us our time part
Is only a little while

I’ll never quite understand
Why your time here was so small,
But you said you’ll always be there
To catch me when I fall.

I miss you so much, Daddy,
But I hope and pray
That when it’s my time, you’ll come for me.
I’ll see you again someday.

I guess it was meant to be
That your work here on Earth was done.
Now your life in paradise
Has only just begun.

Tears that I weep and prayers
Will hopefully travel very far
To reach my loving daddy
Sitting among the stars.

by Christina Caburnay

9. Wish You Were Here

Three months have passed.
I’ll never forget the day
Someone rang to tell me
That you’d gone away.

The hurt is the same,
Like an open wound.
There are days
I don’t utter a sound.

Some days the pain is stronger.
It makes me sick and weak.
I can’t stand this much longer.
I just sit here and weep.

I’ve shut my private door
And let no one in,
Locking myself in a box.
They try, but I won’t give in.

You were like a rock,
Strong, faithful and true.
What worth has my life
Now that I don’t have you?

I was your first born,
Daddy’s little girl.
I took my own path
But was still part of your world.

I was not the best,
Guilty of neglect,
But you know, Daddy dearest,
I had so much respect.

I always loved you,
My dad, my star.
Now my pain is
To worship you from afar.

I love you now
As I did back then.
I just hope… one day
I will see you again.

I am so proud of you,
Brave and strong to the end.
Now when asked, “How are you?”
There is no need to pretend.

We all love and miss you so much; sleep well,
and take care of all who went before you.

Forever in my heart!

by Diana Doyle

10. My Dad

We miss your face; you were taken too soon.
Your beaming smile that lit up the room,
Them cheeky dimples and twinkle in your eye.
We keep asking ourselves why, oh why.

We miss your Daddy cuddles and kisses on the cheek,
The way you gave us strength when we were feeling weak.
We miss how you cared and protected us so.
But why, oh why, did you have to go?

We miss your voice and hearing you moan,
Watching your iPad or texting on your phone.
We miss you laughing and hearing you sing.
We even miss the microwave going ding ding.

We miss the jokes the banter you had at work
And cluttering the table, driving mum berserk,
Your coat and hat draped over the chair.
We just can’t understand why life is so unfair!

We love you Daddy; it’s unbelievably clear
That we would do anything to have you back here.
But untill the day we meet again,
Warm in our hearts is where you remain.

by Lisa34

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11. Father

Forever in my heart,
Always on my mind.
Together again we will be, all in God’s time.
Heaven gained another angel the day you left.
Eternity promises you much needed rest.
Rest now, Daddy, I’ll be okay because I carry you with me every single day.

by Jodi M. Kucera

12. Let Go Dad, Give In

My darling Dad, you suffered
More than we could bear to see.
“Please let go, Dad; give in.
Your soul then can be free.”

The morphine never touched you.
You would cry out loud with pain.
“Please let go, Dad; give in.”
Yet you fought and fought again.

“I’m scared to leave your Mother,”
You had said the week before.
“Please let go, Dad; give in.”
But you stayed to fight some more.

“I think the cancer’s winning.”
It was true, Dad, and you knew.
“Please let go, Dad; give in,”
And finally we got through.

A silent tear fell down your cheek
As you now took you last.
You let go, Dad; you gave in.
Your life then came to pass.

I’ve cried a million teardrops
And then a million more.
My heart is just so shattered.
My soul is on the floor.

When I am back within your arms
And I feel your warm embrace,
“Don’t let go, Dad; hold me, keep me
Your baby girl forevermore.”

by Denise N. Thorndale

13. Going Home

Today is the day
You’ve waited for so long.
Oh how we wish this was a dream.
Yesterday you seemed so strong.

You’re going home to Jesus.
Your eyes are homeward bound.
Our hearts shattered into pieces,
But we didn’t make a sound.

In our Father’s house are many mansions.
We know that to be true.
It hurts so much to say goodbye,
But it’s what we now must do.

We held your hand so tightly.
How could we ever let you go?
We softly whispered in your ear
How much we loved you so.

You’re going home to Jesus.
Daddy, you don’t have to be tough anymore.
We promise to be strong for you,
‘Til we see you again upon that golden shore.

by Melony M. Pryor

14. Always In My Heart

You have been gone one whole year and nothing is the same.
It seems like it was just yesterday that the angels called your name.
Every morning when I wake up, I think it was just a nightmare,
But when I go to look for you, I realize you’re not here.
My memories of you will never fade, and you are always on my mind.
I wish that there was such a way for the years to just rewind.
I wish I could see you and hear your voice once more.
I wish we could talk and laugh like we did before.
It makes me happy to think of all the good times that we had,
But it breaks my heart to know that’s all I have left of you, Dad.
I look at pictures, smell your cologne, and listen to your favorite song.
I know that you were sick, but it just seems so wrong.
As I sit here writing this I realize nothing in life is fair,
And there has not been one day that’s gone by that I haven’t shed a tear.
As my life moves forward without you, I will imagine you always by my side,
And you will always be in my heart…because in there you’re still alive.

by Jamie A. Cirello

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15. The Gift God Gave Me Was You

I will never say goodbye to you, my father,
because I know this is not the end for us to see each other.
You will only be going to a place where there’s no pain or suffering.
I am happy for you, for you will be with God.
For now we need to go separate ways.
I remember how your arms held me and gave me strength.
You were always there to listen, love, and defend me in everything.
You were my very best friend.
In my triumphs you were always proud.
I’m very grateful and proud to call you my dad.
Here, deep inside my heart you’ll always be.
I would give up everything I have just to hug you one more time.
I remember the last time I held your hand and how you looked at me in the eyes.
If only I could turn back the time I would have never let you go.
I felt the world stop and my heart stop beating when they told me you were gone.
How I wish I were only dreaming.
Just like the rain, tears fell down from my eyes; I couldn’t speak for a while.
Thank you, Dad,
For always understanding, listening, caring, and loving me your whole life.
The greatest gift God gave me was YOU…my dad
It’s difficult to let you go, but I must.
I must return the gift God gave me.

by Lea Gomez

16. Goodnight Dad, God Bless

You used to spoil me rotten
With all your love and care
But now each time I look for you
You suddenly aren’t there

I knew that it was coming
And that we’d have to say goodbye
But Dad, I wasn’t ready
And the sad day has arrived

I’ll no longer feel your arms around me tightly when I cry
Or be able to kiss you softly or wave to you goodbye

Because you are no longer here in spirit anyway
For God’s special angels have been sent to carry you away

I hope you’re watching over me the way you used to do
It really is the only way I think I might get through

Our tears and hurt consume us
As we lose you in our lives
But we have such happy memories behind these bloodshot eyes

I’ll always miss you, Daddy, and I’ll always love you, too
There’ll never be another daddy quite as loved as you

Goodnight, God bless

by Fiona Tunilla

17. I Hope I Make You Proud, Dad

I hope I make you proud, Dad; even though you’re no longer here,
Your memory grows stronger with every passing year.

At the end it was a battle, one you weren’t to win.
A fight against a demon, no choice but to give in.

I wish I could’ve said goodbye, that morning when you left,
Told you you were my hero and that you were the best.

Tears I cry in secret at night before I sleep,
Wishing you were beside me, you’d be forever here to keep.

The years don’t make it easier; they said the pain would go.
It seems I’ve just got better not letting my feelings show.

Wishing I could hold your hand to shout your name aloud.
You’re no longer here, Dad, but I hope I make you proud.

by Jodie Ogle

18. A Prayer For My Dad

can’t believe I’m standing here,
Saying my goodbyes
To a Dad who meant the world to me,
My Dad with big brown eyes.

Anyone who loved him
Will know how I feel today.
My Dad was the sunshine of my life
Who could light up the darkest days.

So goodbye, Dad, my only Dad,
Take your wings and fly
To eternal happiness and your reward,
Through the big gates in the sky.

by Danielle

19. I Love You Dad

I love you Dad with all my heart
And hate that we should be apart
Our love is a bond that can’t be broken
You may be gone but never forgotten

I remember the day you went away
The pain in my heart is every beat
But I know that eventually, one day
We will once again meet

The loss is something I can’t describe
I’m really going to miss you
One day I’ll be back by your side
So I can hug and kiss you

There are no words to tell you,
Just what I’m feeling inside
The shock, the hurt, the anger
One day, will gradually subside

Things will never again be the same
And though I’m hurting quite bad
I will smile whenever I hear your name
And be so proud to remember my Dad

Sleep well, darling Dad, forever in my heart and my thoughts

by Diana Doyle

20. Keeping My Daddy With Me

My heart changed when you left.
Time froze and I wanted to hide.
It was a moment that will stay with me forever…
the day my Daddy died.
I am remembering good times
and forgetting all of the bad…
holding onto special times and the laughter we had.
I am living for today,
because it is what I must do…
but that does not stop me from thinking about you.
I will love you always and forever.
One day, Heaven will bring us together.
So watch over us Daddy, as I know you do,
and I will keep remembering how much I love you.

by Lisa Gardner

21. No Longer Here

I’d tell you about my dad
if only I knew where to start.
No longer here to see me,
but forever in my heart

I’ll miss you, Dad, but I’ll never forget
such a fine, upstanding man.
No longer here to love me
as only a father can.

I miss you, Dad, and always will,
but I know you always knew.
No longer here for me to tell you
how much I love you.

by Jennifer English

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22. A Mighty Warrior

I didn’t leave you alone, Dad.
I stayed close to your bedside.
I held your hand and talked to you.
You were waiting to join your bride.

We talked about our Savior,
about heaven and pearly gates,
trying to imagine all the glory
that for us awaits.

I can’t begin to imagine
a life without my dad.
Tears mixed with memories.
How long will I be sad?

You always wore God’s armor.
You gave us all your best.
A mighty warrior for our Lord.
Be at peace, Dad; it’s time to rest.

I will be okay, Dad. I’m your daughter.
I wield a mighty sword.
I’m armed with what you taught me,
the Word of our Lord.

by Annette R. Hershey

23. Each And Every Day

Another year has come,
and you’re still so far away.
You’re always in my heart
each and every day.

I still cannot believe you’re gone.
I hurt so deep inside.
I cry a tear day after day,
Wishing you were by my side.

I never got to say goodbye.
Why did you have to go?
You left without me telling you
How much I love you so.

I will never forget you, Dad.
You’re the only father I knew.
Why did you have to leave so soon?
And leave my heart so blue?

I wish I had the chance to say
I love you, I miss you
Each and every day.

by Gloria

24. Happy Heavenly Birthday

No presents bought, no candles blown; this year you walk on streets of gold,
And it’s so much more than the stories you’ve been told.

The sun is shining on your face,
and you’re standing in all of God’s good grace.

There were people there to meet you at that pearly gate.
Promise for me there too you will wait.

The angels no longer sing from up above;
but hand in hand together, you sing about God’s love.

No more pain, no more strife,
but the gift of eternal life.

The sufferings of this world are left behind.
You made your mark; your life was not left undefined.

You told people of your Savior’s love and how he died for you and me
so we could spend our time praising him for all eternity.

Someday we’ll meet again,
for time is just a vapor in the wind.

But until that day comes, I will miss you every day.
I just wanted to wish you a happy heavenly birthday.

Published by Family Friend Poems January 2019 with permission of the author.

by Jodi M. Kucera

25. My Daddy

I can’t believe it’s been four years.
It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.
I wish you could come home,
But in the sky is where you belong.

It would make me so happy
If I could just visit for one day.
Just so I could talk to you,
And everything would be okay.

I remember the days we had together,
How you would pick me up every Friday.
All the fun things we did,
I especially remember my birthdays.

I remember all the trips to the mall,
And the days at the beach.
The times I did stuff wrong,
And the life lessons you would teach.

I loved you with all my heart,
And I wish you didn’t have to go.
All the good times we had,
But that seems like so long ago.

I miss you so much, Daddy,
And I wish I could have you back.
I’m lost without you, Daddy.
You’re the one thing my life lacks.

by Desiree Cantu

26. My Father, My Dad

Fathers, daughters, a timeless bond
Vaster than oceans, tranquil as ponds

My FATHER is gone
My DAD, will never leave
Intricate our relationship,
Our love, our own that we weave

Destroyed by the knowledge
My hero is gone
Knowing kept in my heart
He will always belong

Daddy, I love you
I wish you were here
Always, but always
Know in my heart, I keep you so dear

I miss you, DADDY
And will love you forever
The strength of your love
Will hold us together

by Kathleen A. Sorbellini

27. Goodbye To My Dad

Goodbye dad I had to say
A few months ago on a cold winter day
I’ll remember the good times and try not to be sad
But saying goodbye still hurts so bad

I miss you more then I can express
My love for you will never grow less
I keep trying to imagine how I will go on
I realize tomorrow is another dawn

I know you’re in heaven above
Looking down on us with all your love
Only to whisper in our ear
Remember that I’ll never stopped loving you dear

I’ll always remember the good times we had
Remember the man, my wonderful dad
I’ll remember you each and every day
And if I need to talk to you, I’ll just sit down and pray

One day we’ll be together again
To talk about all the places we been
Until the time I’ll always treasure
Having you for a dad was such a great pleasure

by Debra Marie

28. Love, Your Only Daughter

It’s only been 2 years 11 months and 26 days
Since my best friend went away.
You left, taking a piece of me,
A piece some people will now never see.
Memories are the only things that keep you alive,
And I will always regret not saying goodbye.
My heart is filled with pain and sorrow
Knowing I will never see you tomorrow.
I miss you more than anything, you see,
Because you always meant so much to me.
All I feel is pain.
And I know I will never be the same,
Because when I lost you,
I lost a friend, a teacher, and a hero too.
But most of all I lost a father…
Love, your only daughter

by Jenna

29. Mya’s Wish

Dear God,
My name is Mya Hailey Garcia,
and I live here on Earth,
and as far as I’ve been told,
whatever I want,
I should ask you first.
I really don’t know much about you,
only what I’ve heard grown-ups say.
They say you’re something really magical,
and whenever I’m sad,
you’ll make it go away.
Well, if you can really hear me,
there’s something I want to discuss,
but promise you won’t tell my mommy;
just keep it between the two of us.
I’ve been feeling a strange pain inside,
almost every single day.
It all started about a month ago
when my Daddy went away.
They said that you took him far away
to a very special place.
They said I shouldn’t cry or worry,
’cause someday
I’ll see my Daddy’s handsome face.
I don’t care what they say.
They don’t know what’s in my heart.
All I know is that my Daddy is gone,
and it’s tearing me apart.
Okay, let me take a deep breath
and tell you what I want to say.
Just be a little patient with me.
I’m just learning how to pray.
I want to make a deal with you,
and I hope that I’m not misunderstood.
I want you to give my Daddy back to me,
and I promise to always be good,
I know that sometimes I don’t listen
and I can behave very bad,
but I promise to stop now,
if you let me see my Dad.
I miss him so very much.
I just don’t know what to do.
I want to hug him,
kiss him,
play with him,
and wait for him after school.
What about when Christmas comes?
Who will buy my toys?
What about when I get to high school?
Who will keep me safe from bad boys?
If you can really hear me, can you help me.
’cause I don’t understand.
How can my Daddy be here with me one day,
and the next, his life is in your hands?
Who told you that you can have him?
Did you ever think of me?
Did you ever think of Mommy,
and how lonely she would be?
I don’t mean to yell at you
or disrespect you in any kind of way.
I’m just feeling very hurt and angry
’cause my Daddy’s gone away!
What was that you said?
I think I hear you speak.
You say my Daddy is in a beautiful place,
where only good people meet?
You say that you’ll watch over him
as he watches over me?
You say you’ll never leave him alone,
and by his side, you’ll always be?
Well, if that’s the case,
I guess it will be all right
that Daddy spends some time with you
until we reunite.
Although it’s still not clear to me,
the reason why he’s gone,
I feel a little better now,
knowing that he is safe in your arms.
Okay, it’s getting pretty late,
and I want to go to sleep,
but there’s just one wish I want to make,
and I pray you grant it just for me.
I know that it’s impossible.
for you to give me Daddy back right now,
but could you make it summertime again
when my Daddy was still around.

Amen, Love Mya

by Nancy Wright

30. Moments Before

Moments before our walk that afternoon,
I realized the path ended too soon.
Not long enough to hold his hand,
this amazing person, this loving man.
Not long enough to engage his eyes
and remember his always brimming with pride.
Not long enough to stand by his side,
as he was by mine after every rough tide.
Not long enough to laugh with him still,
after every bad joke,
after every tough hill.
Not long enough to walk with this man,
who has taught me to be the person I am.
Not long enough as we walked by his wife,
to thank them both for my wonderful life.
In all the walks I’ve taken in my life,
first as a girl and now as a wife,
I’ll remember that walk I took with my father
and always wish it could have been longer.

by Kelly Horn

31. I’m Standing On The Edge Of Silence

I’m standing at the edge of silence,
Waiting for you to come back.
The love I carry in my heart for you
Is something I will never lack.
I’m standing at the edge of silence,
Holding onto memories that I hope will never fade.
Thinking back on your accomplishments
And things that you once made,
I’m standing at the edge of silence,
Trying to find my way to you.
I’m lost, but soon I’ll follow through.
One day I’ll walk up heaven’s stairwell and see you again,
But until then,
I’ll stay on Planet Earth and make you proud.
Until I’m pulled up onto that big white cloud,
I’m standing on the edge of silence,
Feeling your presence with me.
I love you so much, and one day you will see
That I’m standing on the edge of silence until God wants me.

by Mariah Fuentes

A beautiful beach sunset

32. Not Ready For Goodbye

I’m not ready for goodbye,
Nor so long or see ya later.
Not ready for the end,
Not ready for this reality.
I’m not ready for this life,
one without you in it.
I’m not ready for your goodbye.
maybe someone else’s,
anyone else’s,
just not yours,
never ever yours.
Death doesn’t become you,
It isn’t your best color,
So could they change the prognosis,
Tell me it was just a mistake,
Just another misdiagnosis.
Please remind me you are indestructible,
just like we always used to believe,
Tell me you are still my guardian,
And still going to be living.
Please tell me daddy,
You will still always be my best friend.
Please tell me you will never leave me,
And you will be here till the end.
Tell me I’m having a nightmare,
And I will wake up in the morning,
With all these things being nothing but another forgotten dream.
Tell me you will always love me,
And stay with me,
My selfishness wants you to always stay by my side.
Knowing that you are going to be gone,
Won’t make your leaving any easier.
I love you too much daddy,
Infinity and Beyond.

by Megan Adams

33. My Darling Dad

I wrap my mouth to shut in the sound.
I cry so much, so deep, so profound.

I cannot comprehend that you are gone,
Gone forever, so cruel, so wrong.

I cannot live with so much pain,
My tears flow like never-ending rain.

I close my eyes, I cannot cope,
I am falling, I’m on a downward slope.

I cannot stop this hurt inside.
I cannot remember, I need to hide.

I picture you, I see your face,
But no longer near, just an empty space.

No more hugs or talks or time,
No more your voice saying all will be fine.

I have no one now to turn to,
I look, I search, but I cannot find you.

How do I get through this? It feels so surreal.
I am numb, I cannot feel.

I lose my breath, I cannot sleep.
My days are dark, and all I do is weep.

People say time will help, it will heal,
This is life, it is real.

There is now a hole; I am now brokenhearted.
It actually split the moment we parted.

I held your face, I saw you leave.
Now I am here alone to grieve.

My darling dad I miss you, it is true.
Forever and a day, I will always love you.

by Sandra Hearth

Funeral Tribute To Dad

34. Father

He never made a fortune, or a noise
In the world where men are seeking after fame;
But he had a healthy brood of girls and boys
Who loved the very ground on which he trod.
They thought him just little short of God;
Oh you should have heard the way they said his name –

There seemed to be a loving little prayer
In their voices, even when they called him ‘Dad.’
Though the man was never heard of anywhere,
As a hero, yet somehow understood
He was doing well his part and making good;
And you knew it, by the way his children had
Of saying ‘Father.’

He gave them neither eminence nor wealth,
But he gave them blood untainted with a vice,
And opulence of undiluted health.
He was honest, and unpurchable and kind;
He was clean in heart, and body, and in mind.
So he made them heirs to riches without price –
This father.

He never preached or scolded; and the rod –
Well, he used it as a turning pole in play.
But he showed the tender sympathy of God.
To his children in their troubles, and their joys.
He was always chum and comrade with his boys,
And his daughters – oh, you ought to hear them say

Now I think of all achievements ‘tis the least
To perpetuate the species; it is done

By the insect and the serpent, and the beast.
But the man who keeps his body, and his thought,
Worth bestowing on an offspring love-begot,
Then the highest earthly glory he was won,
When in pride a grown-up daughter or a son
Says ‘That’s Father.’

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

35. As We Look Back

As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering …..
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us …..
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?
We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We’re thanking you now.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.

by an Unknown Author

36. Dad

We’ll always remember
that special smile,
that caring heart,
that warm embrace,
you always gave us.
You being there
for Mom and us,
through good and bad times,
no matter what.
We’ll always remember
you Dad because
they’ll never be another one
to replace you in our hearts,
and the love we will always
have for you.

by an Unknown Author

37. A Successful Man

That man is a success –
who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love ofchildren;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better than he found it;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

by Bessie Anderson Stanley

38. Moments Before

Moments before our walk that afternoon,
I realized the path ended too soon.
Not long enough to hold his hand,
this amazing person, this loving man.
Not long enough to engage his eyes
and remember his always brimming with pride.
Not long enough to stand by his side,
as he was by mine after every rough tide.
Not long enough to laugh with him still,
after every bad joke,
after every tough hill.
Not long enough to walk with this man,
who has taught me to be the person I am.
Not long enough as we walked by his wife,
to thank them both for my wonderful life.
In all the walks I’ve taken in my life,
first as a girl and now as a wife,
I’ll remember that walk I took with my father
and always wish it could have been longer.

by Kelly Horn

39. My Father, My Father

My father, my father,
I love he,
my father, my father,
made me see,
how beautiful this world really can be.
My father, my father,
said to me,
my daughter my daughter,
come see me,
I wont be around forever, and I have things that must be.
My father, my father,
don’t die on me.

by Dakota Ellerton

40. Fathers are Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should…

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills…

And Father struggles daily
To live up to “HIS IMAGE”
As protector and provider
And “hero or the scrimmage” …

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad’s heart,
Where no one else can see
You’ll find he’s sentimental
And as “soft” as he can be…

But he’s so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife…

But Fathers are just WONDERFUL
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolade of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness…

He’s a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on

by Helen Steiner Rice

41. A Love Like No Other

From the time I was born
I guess you would know
Ten perfect fingers
Ten little toes
When you first put your finger in my tiny hand that’s when I first knew
You were my papa no one else would do
As I grow older
and reach for the sky
My Papa is still there
to keep that twinkle in my eye
When I need someone to hold me
you never say I’m too big
You pick me up and squeeze me
and whisper you’re my little kid
Most other people don’t understand me
or maybe just not as well
That’s why you’re the one I run to
when I have something to tell
I love you Papa
as you can see
I’m so glad
that you’re a part of me

by Paula M. Newman

42. Your Spirit – A Tribute to My Father

I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.
When life separates us
I’ll know it is only your soul
Saying goodbye to your body
But your spirit will be with me always.
When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch
I will know it is you singing to me.
When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely
I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.
When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention
I will know it is you reminding me
To appreciate the simple things in life.
When the sun shining through my window awakens me
I will feel the warmth of your love.
When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill
I will hear your words of wisdom
And will remember what you taught me so well
That without rain trees cannot grow
Without rain flowers cannot bloom
Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong.
When I look out to the sea
I will think of your endless love for your family.
When I think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence
I will think of your courage for your country.
No matter where I am
Your spirit will be beside me
For I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.

By Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

43. To My Father

A giant pine, magnificent and old
Stood staunch against the sky and all around
Shed beauty, grace and power.
Within its fold birds safely reared their young.
The velvet ground beneath was gentle,
and the cooling shade gave cheer to passers by.
Its towering arms a landmark stood, erect and unafraid,
As if to say, “Fear naught from life’s alarms”.

It fell one day.
Where it had dauntless stood was loneliness and void.
But men who passed paid tribute – and said,
“To know this life was good,
It left it’s mark on me. Its work stands fast”.
And so it lives. Such life no bonds can hold –
This giant pine, magnificent and old.

by Georgia Harkness

44. My Father

He was a jolly little man full of fun and laughter,
He played jokes on his fellow men
And to him it did not matter.
Education he had not,
But what he learned he never forgot.
He wrote what he knew all about cancer
so that someday, there will be an answer.
He joined the Canadian Medical Corps.
And served in the Second World War.
He risked his life, to save others,
This man, that I call my Father.
Seein’ my Father in me is the title of a song
Which I can relate to as I do see my Father in me.
I have a French accent just like my Father,
I love walking, just like my Father,
I love being with people, just like my father.
But most of all, is my love for children, like my Father.

by Anita Guindon

Daughter To Father Poetry

45. My Father

My dad, I miss you every day
My greatest love, my hero
My best memories in every way

The greatest man I knew
In every moment of my life I do remember you
I remember your strong yet tender features
I remember you as a role model and a great teacher
I remember looking up to you, jumping, hopping, and feeling safe

I always hid behind your existence
You taught me about patience and persistence
I felt safe, secure, and never worried when you were around
I always knew with you I was standing on a solid, safe ground

I remember your tear when I read for you my first poem
I remember when you waited for me after my late classes till I came home
I remember your daily hard work, dedication, and tender care
I remember all the love, fun, and thoughts that we used to share

I wanted you to be proud of me
I wanted to be the daughter that you wanted to see
I made sure everything I did was what you would approve
I am purely your daughter, there is nothing more to prove

My children hear about you every day
They always ask me why grandpa didn’t stay
I tell them he is in heaven now, looking and praying for us somehow
I love you so much, my dad, your memory will always be alive
I love you so much, my dad, your words and wisdom will always survive

by Shahinaz Soliman

46. Heaven’s Not That Far

I have no words that can express
How much love I have for you.
You taught me everything I know,
Through the years as I grew.

I know you had to leave this world;
I’ll try to understand.
It’s hard to get used to
Not having you here to hold my hand.

But I know when I look up in the sky,
You must be amongst those bright stars
Shining down from heaven.
It may seem a great distance,
But it’s really not that far.

So now that you’re an angel,
Please help me if you can
To continue growing while I’m here on earth,
In this strange, mysterious land.

You will always be my father
Forever in my heart.
Time seems to go so quickly.

It will not be much longer
That we will be apart.

by Julie A. Case

Pink and white graphic

47. Forever And Always

Life can change in a single breath.
Life can be crushed when we are faced with death.

It tears families apart,
It reaches in and pulls out your heart.

It leaves it hollow, cold and dark,
Shreds your life, leaves it stark!

Time stands still and the road has no end.
The hurt you feel, no one can mend.

Your loss is beyond understanding,
And great sadness is all that it will bring.

Taken away, forever, never to return,
It’s a life lesson we all one day must learn.

I miss my dad every single day.
I wipe away my tears as I fall to pray

For this pain to please pack its bag and leave.
I can’t cope and I hate that I must grieve.

He’s gone and my heart is lost.
It is cold, icy, and covered in frost.

Time does not stop this hell.
It’s not good to remember or to dwell.

Even if I scream and shout and cry myself to sleep,
Death still holds you tight, forever to keep.

I’ve lost you, never to hear your voice.
This was never your or our choice.

Sometimes it’s better to close off from the pain.
Sometimes it’s better to just stand in the rain.

No matter what you do or say,
Death will always find its way.

But here within my heart you’re there.
No one can take that; just let them try if they dare!

I miss you every single day, it’s true.
Forever and always, I will love you.

by Sandra Hearth

48. Daddy

Please hold me daddy
And don’t let me go
cause I really miss
you daddy
more then
you know.

You said that you
would always be here
by my side, Daddy why
did you go?
How come you lied?

Mummy won’t tell me
I see her cry real late
at night, She keeps
asking for you.
I cried today daddy so
I laid in your bed,
daddy what do they
mean when they say
that your dead.

I guess it’s ok and you’ll
tell me soon, I’m looking
out my window at your house
near the moon.

by Tia

49. Dad, I Promise In Your Memory

I promise to carry on your contagious smile.
The same one that would light up a room the minute you walked in.
I promise to laugh and never take myself to seriously.
I promise to love harder and forgive faster.
I promise to be content, in every sense of the word.
To be thankful for the air in my lungs,
and the nineteen years I was blessed to have with you.
I promise to try and have as big a heart as you did.
To be selfless.
To know what I have, and know what I can give to others who are not as fortunate.
I promise to grieve that absence of your physical being for only a moment.
And then I promise to set you free.
I promise to never give up on others,
even when I’m ready to give up on myself.
I promise to be a friend and a mentor as you were.
To be a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on or a set of ears to simply listen…
And I can promise you this…
I can promise to open my heart to you when I fall in love and when I fall apart.
When I become a Mrs. and when I become a mother.
I promise to let you hear every giggle and feel every hug.
To know every heartache,
and let you be there for every triumphant moment…
The most important promise I can make,
despite all my failures and all my losses.
A promise that carries the equivalence of all the rest combined is this…
I promise to make you proud.
With all that I am,
I love you.

by Bailey Fitch

50. Forever And Always Your Baby

The moment I heard the news that day,
My heart sunk and my soul ached.
It just felt so unreal to me.
It couldn’t be right; how could it be?

The next few days went by in a blur
Filled with tears, hugs and well-meaning words.
Nothing changed the facts, didn’t do a thing.
They couldn’t bring you back or take away the sting.

Like a hot blade to my heart
That time will never heal,
Understanding time still goes on
Somehow just doesn’t seem real.

I watch people go about their day,
Wondering how they’re so unaware.
One of God’s most beautiful creations
Forever is no longer there.

I know he’s up in heaven now,
And for that I should be glad,
But I am selfish; I’m his little girl,
So I am stark raving mad.

I want him back; this was too soon.
It couldn’t have been his time.
I need him here to give advice
And remind me I’ll be fine.

They tell me to be still
And trust in God’s plan,
That time will reveal all things
And I will understand.

So for you, my Dad,
I will heed their words,
I will calm my anger
And face my hurt.

I will love you for always.
You always took care of me
And forever and always
Your baby I’ll be.

by Michelle N. Ballard

51. Losing You

The day you left
Was the day my world came tumbling down.
I felt so alone…so empty…so angry!
I knew the second I heard the gun shot
That my daddy was gone.

It was hard to believe that you were gone.
Why did you have to take the easy way out?
Why did you have to leave me so suddenly?
I feel so numb.
I’m hoping, praying that one day
I’ll wake up and this will all be a dream.

Watching day turn to night
In a blink of an eye,
Sitting down thinking of you
Brings sudden tears to my eyes,
Just wishing for one more day with you.

My legs become weak, my body is numb,
My eyes are watery.
Mom collapses to the ground.
The walls are closing in on me.
I can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t speak.

I was Daddy’s Little Girl.
You would hold my hand and catch me if I fell.
You would reassure me that I was going to be okay.
Daddy, I promise I will remember everything you taught me.

Daddy, save me a place up in heaven,
Where we will someday be reunited.
Daddy, I want you to know that I will always love you.
I love you more than words can explain.
I wish you were here,
I wish you were alive.

by Kryshelle

52. The Chance

I didn’t get to see you before you left.
Didn’t get to say my goodbyes.
Didn’t get to hug you and kiss you goodnight.
Didn’t get to tell you how much I was proud to have you as a father.
Didn’t get the chance to tell you I was sorry for being stupid sometimes.
Didn’t get to dance with you at my wedding,
and you won’t get a chance to see your grandchildren,
and I won’t get the chance to say I love you one more time.
I wish I could have those chances,
but I am glad to have had the chance of having a father like you.
Thank you, Dad!

by Nichole S.

53. You’re Gone

I whisper
Your name
I whisper
My pain

I cry
My tears
I cry
For lost years

My sorrow
So deep
My sorrow
I weep

My heart
It aches
My heart
It breaks

You’re gone
No light
You’re gone
Lost the fight

by Michelle

54. Journey

My heart’s in pieces on the floor.
My brain, an electrical storm.
Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”
And yet, I try to smile.

Try to think of all the laughs,
The love, and all the lessons.
The long road trips and
All the late-night movie sessions.

The air is a thick, filmy haze,
But I still gasp and breathe.
There’s raging whirlwinds up ahead,
As far as I can see.

The path is ragged, twisted, snarled,
But I must follow through.
For if I journey long enough,
I may, one day, reach you.

by Alison J. Davis

55. Daddy’s Helping Jesus

Daddy just wants you to know
He loves you with all his heart.

Jesus asked for Daddy’s help
So Daddy for now must part.

Know that Daddy’s always with you
Each and every day.

Know that Daddy will always love you
In each and every way.

Mommy might be sad right now
And cry over this.

Please do Daddy a favor,
Give her a hug and kiss.

Daddy’s body might not be here
But know you’re never alone.

For Daddy’s with you always and forever,
Even though Daddy’s at Jesus’s home.

by Amanda Malecki

Dad’s Funeral Poetry

56. Happy Birthday Up Above

Looking at the calendar,
Today brings a tear to my eye,
Along with all this pain inside
That I am not ready to let resign.

You always liked your birthday,
You were like a kid inside.
Now we celebrate with root beer
To help keep your memory alive.

I really, really miss you.
Skyla does as well.
She always talks about you;
I’m glad she has stories to tell.

I know you’re with Uncle Ronnie.
I know you guys too well.
You’re probably stirring up all kinds of trouble,
And giving your dad lots of hell.

So on this day that I miss you,
I also want to wish
A Happy Birthday to you,
With lots of love just for you.
Happy Birthday, Dad!

by Jennifer Ratley

57. Faceless Name

I cried again today
Uncontrollable tears fell from my eyes
It seems like all I do is cry
And it’s getting harder for me to hide
I hate to cry and I hate my life
My heart feels like it’s been stabbed with a knife
Life looks like hell the rest way through
Life could be no worse cause I’ve lost you
In the morning when I wake tears of pain fall from my face
I have nothing to live for now
I feel worthless, not wanted, left out
I don’t belong here and I never will
If I were with you life might not be hell
Maybe one day and hopefully soon
I’ll see you again and no longer be blue
I miss you so much
Life will never be the same
Without you here I’m just another faceless name

by Shannon Krause

58. Dad’s Journey To The Other Side

Dad has taken his final journey,
And for him I still am yearning
He’d been sick several years,
And I’ve shed many tears,
But I know he’s like a new man,
And is resting in God’s hands,
Dad had more than his share of hurting,
If I could bring him back-I wouldn’t,
I hope one day to sit at his side,
Forever to be in heaven on high!

by Alice F. Dozier

59. Daddy

The day you answered God’s call
Left an empty space
My world came crashing down
I couldn’t breathe…couldn’t talk…
I felt so numb, I couldn’t walk.

It was so hard to believe
That you were gone.
Once so strong;
Where do I belong?
Why did you have to leave?
Why did you have to go?

Thinking of you brings tears to my eyes
I never thought I would see your demise
Who will teach me right from wrong?
Now that you are gone?

Daddy, you put me through varsity
You did that by working with your hands
You built big buildings and painted tall walls
Times were tough that I knew
You did what you could, to help me through

You could fixed anything you laid your hands on
There wasn’t a thing you couldn’t do
With a little cement or some glue
Just thinking about this, is making me blue!

You made me so proud on my wedding day
When you so unselfishly gave me away
You hugged me and wished me well
And I think a saw a tear

It was so hard for you to let me go
To let your “little girl” venture into a world unknown
Without you holding my hand or to catch me if I fall
But don’t worry daddy
I remember everything you taught me
If I forget, it’s a pity I can’t call

Now its time for me to let you go
The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do
But before I do,
I want you to know, I’m so sorry for all I put you through
I Love you Daddy
More than words can describe
I wish you were here, I wish you were alive!

by Shariefa Hendricks

60. My Father, Today You Left Me

oday You Left Me
Today has been a month
But, it only seems like yesterday,
That, you left me.

I made the promise not to leave you
And to stay at your side.

I was just so tired
I needed to close my eyes,
I went to take a nap because the days that passed
I only slept a bit, so I could stay at your side.

When the call came to get back up there,
I came as fast as I could.
Only to find you had left me.
To this day I regret that I left your side
Because, I promised you I wouldn’t leave your side.

I didn’t get to say good-bye
But I did tell you I loved you before I left.
Dad I miss you and need you,
I know I have to let you go.
So you could rest in peace

You’re, in a better place
Sitting, next to the lord
Where you once said,
You were ready to take your place
Next, to the lords in his heavenly grace.

You said miss me,
But let me go, for I have fulfilled my journey here on earth.
Now the lord is taking you home to start a new journey.

I think of you daily
It’s, so hard not to cry,
I know I will be okay,
Because, I feel you near by.

Rest in Peace Dad for I will see you soon.
God has blessed me with a father like you.
All that you taught me will live on in my children and I thank the Lord for having you as my father.

I love you Dad, It was an honor to have you as my father.

by Carla Lovan

61.I Called You Dad

It was a month ago on a warm spring day,
When you said “Goodbye Sugar” then slowly slipped away.
A giant of a man to which no one could compare,
Handsome and tall with silver gray hair.
No one can deny, you were one of a kind,
That gentle sweet man and daddy of mine.
They say time eases grief but it’s simply not true,
For time only brings sweet memories of you.
My eyes yearn for that face I will no longer see,
My heart breaks for your presence that will no longer be.
You gave me values, the kind money cannot buy,
You gave me love and kindness when even I wondered why.
You had a heart as big as a mountain and shoulders broad and strong,
So many times I leaned on you when life did me wrong.
Somehow I know in God’s Great Plan,
He’s made a special place for such a great man.
For if anyone deserves God’s loving grace,
When life is over and he’s run his race,
It’s you, Daddy, so rest well your reward is near,
Your long hours of suffering are over down here.
Mine are just beginning for my heart is heavy still,
For that special pair of shoes no one will ever fill.
The greatest fortune any woman has ever had,
Is held by me, ’cause I called you DAD.

by Virginia Wesson

A little girl and her dad

62. You Had To Go Too Soon

During the day I have to be strong
I try so hard to show that nothing is wrong.
But at night my tears will flow,
it was just so sudden you had to go.
People keep asking if I’m ok,
the answer is no but its yes I say.
I’m trying to move on,
but it’s just not fair that you are gone.
I do not have any hate in my heart,
but I was not ready for a new start.
It started out a normal day
And with one phone call it all went gray.
As I packed you a bag I said you would not die,
when the doctors piled in I said it was a lie.
All I wanted was to see my dad,
all those doctors made me so mad.
I didn’t want anyone else to see you that way,
but no matter what I had no say.
Your skin was so cold as I gave you one last kiss,
you dad are the one that I will always miss.

by Natasha

63. My Dad

I miss you more every day
I love you in every single way

I hope now you can rest
Even though you had so much zest

I hope your ok in the sky
One day I will try not to cry

I hope your watching down on me
I do wish I could see

Why did you have to go?
But I guess we’ll never know

It wasn’t your time to die
I never got a chance to say goodbye

I hope I see you very soon
Maybe when I look up to the moon

One day we will again say hi
When I fly to you up in the sky

I never got a chance to explain to you
How much I did care for you

I love you dad,
I’ll try not to be too sad

I love and miss you so much
Goodbye for now until I see you in my dreams

by Adele

64. Father, What Do You See?

Look at me father
Do accept what you see
The other side of me
Your little girl so sweet
Has no more dignity
I am weak
As only you can see
A heart that only beats
No hope within me
A shadow of reality
Even though I close my eyes
The dead never sleep
Darkness all around
Joyful music has no sound
I float in a womb
That has no life to bear
Aborted by the illusion
You would always be there
So now where can I run
You were the only one
Torn away from me
From the loving God that I believed
Yet by his hand
He took you from me
Exchanging you for me
Look upon me father,
How ashamed are you of me
That I have crumbled
Your expectations of me
From your princess to a pauper
Unworthy to be
A part of you
I am just a shadow
Rarely ever seen
And as I follow behind you
Worthy of your love
I shall never be

by Adicastellano

65. My Bestfriend, My Father Died

No one can hear my screams
In my thoughts or in my dreams
As I lie here waiting patiently
I wait for the day you come back to me

God took you away
He made me let you go
It happened for a reason
That’s all I care to know

Lately I have been thinking
Thinking about the past
The laughs and cries we shared together
You died too young, too fast

I will always think back
Back to that horrible day
The day I found out
That you, my friend, my father died.

by Jera Mossalli

66. Missing You In The Memories

I count down the days
every single year.
I try to forget,
but it brings back the tears.

I’ve never missed someone more in my life.
I try fill this hole,
I try to find you through all this I fight.

I fight through the thoughts,
the memories we shared.
The things I remember are things I can’t even bear.

Your voice slowly fades away in the dark,
but I don’t want to forget,
even though it’s hard.

It’s hard to remember everything that you’ve lost,
the person you were before it was gone.

I’ve come so far
and changed so much.
The memories are a blessing.
My heart they touch.

If my heart could talk, it’d say I miss you.
If it had emotion, it’d cry and kiss you

I hope you’re safe
and soon I’ll see,
and then we can share a new memory.

by Ambere Holley

67. Daddy Help Me

Daddy what do I do your not here to hold me as I cry
The tears falling down my face as I think of you hurts
You left me all alone and all I have left is memories
Pictures of you and me as I grow up in your loving care

You left me here to fend for myself with only the words I love you
I miss you with all of my heart and sometimes it feels like no one else cares
Watching as mom meets someone new acting like you were never here
As if you never loved us and took care of us when we needed you

Daddy I don’t know what to do I don’t want to live without you
No matter how many times I think I will go through a day without feeling so bad
Now I know I wasn’t meant to live without you and will always be alone
I hate seeing mom with another guy knowing how much you loved her

You haven’t been gone six months and yet she’s seeing someone new
Someone who reminds me of you in all different ways
Someone who she spends all her time with as if he was everything
She laughs and teases as if this man was you

What am I supposed to do daddy I don’t want him to stay
I want mom to be happy but not if it means someone new in our lives
I miss you so much it hurts to see her this way knowing you’re watching
I wait for the day I get to see you again and you hold me like you used to

The tears I cry fall down my cheeks memories of you making it hard to breathe
I know I should be happy but the tears keep falling and the pain is still to hard to bear
I know I’m being selfish but it hurts so much to see her this way
Daddy help me what am I supposed to do

by Jean Kennedy

68. Saying Goodbye

Daddy is in no shape
And there no time to wait
So I am not going to waste no time
So I am going to say what’s on my mind
I am Daddy’s girl and you are my world
You are my heart and soul and I have
a fear of letting go
Even though you leave this place
I will have you in my heart to stay
I know it will be hard to say goodbye
but we will see each other at the pearly gates

by Ashley

69. The Beginning

Walking down the hospital corridor
I grip hold of my mum’s hand,
Fighting against the tears.

Because, only an hour ago,
I had been told my father had cancer.
And only an hour ago,
My life came to a screeching halt.
Somehow, my hair isn’t a priority
Make-up doesn’t even cross my mind.
I just feel a raging, overwhelming need to be with my

The rain is dripping off the window pane.
Tip-tap, Tip-tap, Tip.
I can hear my sister’s tiny shoes pound the hospital floor
Bless her little soul.
She’s clinging onto my mum’s hands.
Unable to walk independently
At a mere 7 months old.

Her infectious giggle is echoing in the
Deathly silent corridors
She points to a passing car outside
“Ooooh!” She squeals.

Her delicate, innocent, angel face
Puts a sorrowful smile on mine.
Would she be so content if she knew what was going on?

by Natalie Parkinson

Funeral Tribute To Dad

70. My Daddy

I miss you Daddy.
I don’t mean to disturb you, and I hope I’m not. I just want to vent.
Today I needed comfort and I thought of calling you.
It wasn’t a detailed thought, only an urge……and then I remembered.
I ache, I hurt, I miss.
Who am I now that you are gone?
Do I still have “the magic” to make it through hard times?
I don’t know.
How I wish I could feel you hug me, and kiss my face;
encourage me and tell me I am “perfect”.
Who am I now that you are gone?
I look at your picture each night before I go to bed;
I tell you “goodnight”.
My lipstick prints cover the glass;
I say, “I love you” to a piece of paper.
Do you hear me?
I hope you do,
but I fear you do.

by Janette

71. Oh Father

Oh Father…
I wish you could know
How much I love you
Things change,
People change
And season change
But your love
Will never change…

Oh Father…
I wish you could know
How much I miss you
Brothers love me,
Uncles love me
And teachers love me
But your love
Will always hug me…

by Iliya

72. As My Tear Softly Falls

And he puts his boat in the water for the last time
A tear will fall for the last time
I wipe the tears from my face with your old shirt for the last time
I cry about the last time I said goodbye to you

More then oceans separate us
More then continents themselves
But in my heart you will remain
Along with everything you taught me

Memories seep from my veins
Vivid pictures of you lay softly in the back of my mind
But you now rest in the arms of the angels
Everyday I wish you were here to hold me in your arms
And comfort me threw every obstacle in life
And such a thought brings me weeping on my knees

And everyday I picture you
I remember you
And everyday I struggle with the reality that you’re gone
And with that struggle I make it threw another day

Everything happens for a reason
Yours was to build me up
And no one can ever tear me down
You taught me all you could in your short time with me
And now my only job is to remember and never forget

Rain is nothing but tears to me
Tears from a man who wasn’t good at sharing his emotions
Although going on without you upsets me
Everything reminds me
I’m not afraid to cry
I pretend to be ok everyday
And it’s always hard to deal with the pain of loosing you
And force that smile when it just won’t come.

The wake comes off the bow
The anchor is reeled in

Another tear softly falls for him

by Breton Delayne White

73. The Calling

Hope remained as the battle began
The love we shared shone through
Our faith in all around us
The pride we have in you.

A man brought down, destroyed by pain
The suffering clearly showed
We held your hand and shed our tears
Hearts broke as you lay
Drawing each delicate breath
Silently we prayed.

Day and night the fight wore on
Our prayers grew stronger too
We lived and breathed your very soul
And to the Lord we asked of him
If it should come to this
To please hold you dear and love you too
That was our final wish.

Silently the angels came and stood at either side
Of the bravest, kindest man we knew
And carried you to the skies of heaven
Where pain does not exist

We hold you close, relief as well as pain
But knowledge in the truth
That we may meet again

Worlds apart but hearts remain
Memories we treasure
Of the man I am so proud to say
Was my dad, my father.

by Maihri Patrick

74. What Was Best? (Feathers)

Rain drops from the sky,
Like feathers from your wings,
Daddy you always you loved me,
But daddy where could you be?

Are these your feathers falling from the sky,
Or are they the tears of regret that you cry,
You promised to never leave me,
You said we would never be apart.

But daddy your in heaven,
Was I ever in you heart?
You said that you wanted what was best,
That you would do whatever it took.

Daddy your in the ground now,
Mommy says that you can rest,
But daddy I’m alone now,
Is this really what was best?

by Sara Deal

75. Miss You, Daddy

Still confused that you were taken away
January 13th was the day
Hard to move on with everyday life
Wishing you were here to make things right
Trying to finish what you started
But your passing just left me broken hearted
Never thought I’d feel this much pain
Just tell me, why does it have to be this way?
God had plans for you
Plans that I just can’t understand
Still we have to go on with this pain and sorrow
Can only hope for a better day tomorrow
Even though we seem to be apart
I know you’re still with us in our hearts
You help us get through our fears
And you’re there to wipe away our tears
All I can do is be strong
It’s the only way I’ll be able to move on
Just know that you will never be replaced
Even though we won’t get to see your face
We’ll always have your love
Because you are forever resting in Heaven above.

by Jennifer

76. Will The Memories Survive? -Daughter to father poems after death

One week ago I got the hardest news
I’ve ever had to hear,
My friend, My hero, My Dad
Had died aged just 43 years.

I’ve never felt so alone
In all my years alive,
I didn’t understand it
And wondered how I’d survive.

Then I thought about
Jaime’s, Steph and Jess,
And just how they were coping
In this heart breaking mess.

I thought about your grand-kids
And the fact they’d never know,
The gentle man their Poppy was
Or how much you loved them so!

I thought about all you’d miss
With every milestone that we made,
And I pray with every bone in my body Dad
The memories I have will never fade.

I hope that you’re beside me
When I walk down the aisle,
I hope that when it happens
I’ve made you proud enough to smile.

by Stacey

77. Ten Short Years

Only ten short years I got to spend
With you as my daddy
And as a friend.
You were always there for me.
You would never yell, just breathe.

I lost you too early,
For you will never see
The things I will accomplish
Just from the little things you taught me.

You never got to question
My first date,
Never got to see me get my
Diploma and graduate.

To make all my dreams come true,
I have to do that without you.
I know you will always be by my side,
Give me a little push
And be my guide.

Weak or strong,
I have to move on.
That’s what you would want me to do.
To laugh and smile
At the memories that will last a while.

I can only wait till the day comes
When I will be reunited
With my daddy and my friend.
When that day happens, I will be forever happy
Once again.

by Syd

78. Happy the Man

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.

by John Dryden

79. Not How Did He Die

Not how did he die, but how did he live?

Not what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units to measure the worth

Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?

But had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,

To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,

But how many were sorry when he passed away.

by Summer Sandercox

Dad’s Funeral Poems

80. If Tears Could Build A Stairway

If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say “Goodbye”.
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness,
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you –
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want me
to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times
life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today
A hollowed place within my heart
is where you’ll always stay.

By Unknown

81. He Only Takes the Best

God saw that he was getting tired,
A cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around him
and whispered, “Come with Me.”
With tearful eyes, we watched him suffer,
And saw him fade away.
Although we loved him dearly,
We could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes “the best”.

by Unknown

82. Dad

We’ll always remember
That special smile,
That caring heart,
That warm embrace,
You always gave us.
You being there
For Mom and us
Through good and bad times,
No matter what.
We’ll always remember
You Dad because
They’ll never be another one
To replace you in our hearts,
And the love we will always
Have for you

by Unknown

Black and pink graphic

83. He is Gone

You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,
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 him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

by David Harkins

Poetry is always the first place I turn when I need a helping hand, a hopeful hand, and someone to make me feel seen. To read poems and to listen to songs that remind me that I’m not alone and that I will always have people that have felt the same as me is a reminder that it does get better, or at least easier, and that I can always live with, regardless of the circumstance.

Grief and pain looks different for everyone, but it doesn’t have to be so different that you’re completely on your own. Memories, kind words, and sometimes a little distraction can go a long way, but today, if what you need are the words of poetry that draw you in and show you how many people are surrounding you with hope and healing, then dig into that today and process what you feel here.

While the healing and grieving process is never an easy one, I hope that you at least find what you need in these daughter to father poems after death to make it an inspiring moment. And remember that one day, someone will need you and your wisdom from this time in life, just like you need someone else.

Here are 53 grief poems to continue the process if you just need a few more.

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