A book of poems with flowers and reading glasses


Written by Jacob Terranova


Grief is so much more than simply sadness. It’s a roller coaster of emotions we experience. We feel anger, fear, frustration, isolation, longing, and heartbreak. These are just a few of the hundreds of emotions we feel when we lose someone we love.


To help better understand and express all the feelings associated with grief — and just in time for National Poetry Month — we’ve compiled poems that help encompass the many different feelings associated with grief.


Feelings of Sorrow

“Fair daffodils, we weep to see / You haste away so soon; / As yet the early-rising sun / Has not attain’d his noon. / Stay, stay / Until the hasting day” To Daffodils by Robert Herrick


Other poems for feelings of sorrow:

Feelings of Disorientation

Clouds spout upon her / Their waters amain / In ruthless disdain, / Her who but lately / Had shivered with pain / As at touch of dishonor / If there had lit on her / So coldly, so straightly / Such arrows of rain.” — Rain on a Grave by Thomas Hardy


Other poems for feelings of disorientation:

Feelings of Frustration

“What on Earth deserves our trust? / Youth and Beauty both are dust. / Long we gathering are with pain, / What one moment calls again.” Epitaph by Katherine Phillips


Other poems for feelings of frustration:

Feelings of Numbness & Shock

“The day is done, and the darkness / Falls from the wings of Night, / As a feather is wafted downward / From an eagle in his flight.” — The Day is Done by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Other poems for numbness and shock:

Feelings of Adjustment

“If we could bring you back again, / For one more hour or day, / We’d express all our unspoken love; / We’d have countless things to say.” If We Could Bring You Back Again by Joanna Fuchs


Other poems for feelings of adjustment:

Feelings of Renewal

“Let the rain kiss you / Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops / Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” April Rain Song by Langston Hughes


Other poems for feelings of renewal:

Which poems are your favorite? Share with us in the comment section!