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When My Daughter Died

When my 47 year old daughter died two years ago, a friend sent me this poem, it was a great comfort to me and I thought I would share it.

If tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind;
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, And all I've promised you."
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way,
There's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
You knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven, And now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand, And share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart.


mahler mahler 66-70, F 83 Responses May 10, 2008

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My daughter, Candace, passed 4/09/10. I belong to a grief sight, "Loss of a child". On my p.c. I have a picture of Candace and a poem very similiar to this, this is longer, starts and ends the same though. inb

Candace's birthday is February 11. She would've turned 35 yrs old. They have 3 little girls. They were 8, 7 and 2 when she left. The years go by, the pain is a bit less, just a bit mind you. The emptyness will forever remain. 2/03/15

Thanks for sharing this poem. Its very hard for me to read through it without crying because, this is the same age my twin sister was when she passed away. I miss her dearly, and if she was here, we would be turning 50 together on October 29th. Everything said in this poem was exactly true to her. My angel is in heaven. Thea Smith

I lost my daughter in September of 2002. When I'm feeling my worst, she is the only person I think of. I have 2 beautiful boys and so much to live for, but I always feel like it's incomplete without her. I don't have a lot of faith. I miss her terribly.

I just lost my 15 year old after a 3 year long battle with leukemia. It has been 4 days and this poem really touched my heart. Thank you so much for sharing this.

I just lost my 1 year old daughter on the 30th of may 2014. 20 days after she turned 1 this poem made me feel better but nothing will take the hole away thats forever in my heart

I lost my 3 year old Daughter Mia on 11/04/14 and this poem has brought me a lot of comfort thank you god bless to u all ♡♡♡

I lost my daughter Shannon 42, unexpectedly died, Monday April 28th. I have been moving in a fog trying to make funeral arrangements, fighting through the tears and grief, finding this poem has lightened my heart. Reading other comments from families who have gone through similar times of sorrow gives me faith just knowing that you are not alone and sharing these feelings is a blessing to us all.


This is beautiful. Just the right words to share with my grieving Uncle who lost his daughter. Thank you for sharing.

this is so inspiring, i lost my beautiful daughter a year and a half ago, she was only 36....tomorrow is her birthday, i needed this poem to comfort me....thanks for posting it...

I lost my 18 year old daughter on 29.11.2013. She is my first child. She was so beautiful, brave, intelligent strong and very independant. She was due to start medical school this year. she suddenly got sick and after 6 weeks she passed. i miss her dearly and the pain in my heart is so heavy. i feel like i can't breathe at times and i just want to scream and bury myself in a hole but i have two other children who needs me so i have to stay strong for them. i read this poem in the book "Proof of heaven" written by a neurologist. it is truly beautiful. i am now reading all these stories of people who have lost a young child and my heart goes out to you all. I share your pain and trust that God know's best.

beautiful poem I think poetry is a good way for us to express our pain. I am member on a group on facebook which helps me a lot mums and dads of angels its called. I get good support. I am so sorry for everyones loss here it has brought tears reading your sadness
bless you all

oh this seems so real as to how her leaving and entering into heaven would be...I cried reading this but I am so happy you sent it to me because I see a way her entering Heaven could have happened...I can imagine you Becky

I just lost my daughter October 21,2013 when I read this I couldn't help but cry amazing it is beautiful and the one writing the song I would to hear it.

Please permit me to use some of your lines for the lyrics of my song titled 'my daughter's tears'. Would be grateful cause it's a touching poem.

My beautiful daughter Aly passed away October 4th, 2013 at the age of 22. This poem was so comforting to find, I don't even have the words. Like the poem I pray every day and night that she knew she was loved. Myself and her sisters and brother will love her till the day we die, we miss her so much. Thank you for sharing this poem, I think I will type it up and frame it. Thank you again.

its a buetiful poem i lost my daughter to

My daughter and grandchildren were in a horrific car accident August 25, 2013 My granddaughter was killed instantly and my daughter passed away from her injuries on September 1st. My grandson is still in ICU with multiple injuries and possibly will have disabilities. My faith is strong! Thank you Jesus! But I wanted to say what a beautiful poem. Look to the Lord. Read the book "Heaven is for Real" Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. "

Thank you so much for this beautiful poem our daughter died 25th April 2010 she was 46 she was not just my daughter she was my best friend I loved her so much I cry for her everyday she left us 3 lovely grandchildren which has been a comfort to us and now she as a beautiful granddaughter of her own I so wish she could be here to see her. The poem as given us all a lot of comfort because it sounds just like her speaking thankyou

I am 74 years old and my daughter was 47 when she died February 23, 2013. I am hurting so much. I put into search that my daughter passed away and found your poem. Thank you for sharing. It is so appropriate.

that was so beautiful my blessed daughter leftus july 5 th will be two years we loved her more than words can say and miss her so much we still cry when we talk about her my precious precious daughter im 77 yrs old she was 46 when she left us i pray we ll meet agaain some day in heaven. thank you for this beautiful poem

Thank U so much for writing this poem. It will help my daughter very much.

This is a beautiful poem thanks for sharing it too

The 7th anniversary of my youngest daughter, then age 47, has just passed. I thank the person that originally sent this poem to me, so many of you have read it and it has brought some comfort to you all. It has drawn so many of us together and given us an opportunity to write down our feelings. It is so hard when a child of ours departs before we do, but I am sure that when our time comes they will be there waiting for us with a loving welcome. May God bless you all and help you in your grief. xx

This is a touching heart poem it says that we should love everyone before they past. I loved this poem because of my brother in law he pased for a bad dieases when he was feeling a pain i would relize that the life past some in some time so i most belive in life as adestiny

I lost my daughter Vanessa who had just turned 25 a couple of weeks before she passed away. She was killed in a sense less car crash. Not a day goes by I don't think of my daughter and miss her every moment of everyday. She has so many who love her so very much and miss her very much. I have never known such love and such loss in my years. Your poem touches my heart from the beginning to the very end. Thank you all for for sharing what is most definitely the most painful part of all our lives. May God watch over our sweet children and each of you.

I lost my only child at the age of 18 her name is Alexisjade <3
She passed 6/12/05 i was alone when i found her,that image is cemented in my mind. I miss her every second. I was a single parent i had her 6 days b4 my 19th birthday.We went 2 concerts did each other hair went 2 tha movies ... everything :'( she was n always will be my best friend.I find it harder 2 deal with as time goes on.All her friends n cousin are havin babies, goin 2 school n just straight up livin she should be here she had her whole life ahead of her.She did great in school , had a job n lots of friends... a very beautiful girl both inside n out.. she was caring n funny , helpful n smart n alot of fun 2 be around.Imiss her n look forward 2 that 1 sweet day that we reunite.She is my life and afterlife <3 2/8/87-6/12/05 <3

I\'m so sorry for your loss....I too lost my only child, my 19yo daughter who I gave birth to when I was only 19. Your story really touched me because its so similar to mine. I know everyone feels a different sense of loss....I believe in the case of you and I, we lost someone who was a child, a best-friend &amp; someone we \'grew up with\' essentially and NO ONE can ever replace THAT bond. 2moro will be 5years without her (she passed away on 8/18/08) and I still haven\'t went to bed ONE NIGHT without crying myself to sleep. When a mother buries a child, it leaves a whole in her soul that NOTHING can ever fill. God bless &amp; please know you are NOT ALONE. -Valeri

My Husband & I lost our Daughter she was only 18 & We also lost her very Best Friend in world they were like glue who I also called My Daughter & Loved hearing her come in my door looking at me with her sweet face & Hugs & hearing her say Hey Mama how are you doing today :o) She came to pick up my Daughter Brittany to took her shopping for new work shoes for my Daughters new Job that she started 10am the next morning. I know something didn't feel right when Britt walked out that door her & Candace always came back in the house to tell me bye & they loved me & see me later. Brittany got out the shower got dressed walked by me at the sink where I was cleaning & walked out the door, well I said to myself she is walking to her Nanny's house who lives right in front of us & when Candace get here they will come in to let me know they were going now. Well that never happen & if they didn't have time to walk in & tell me Britt would always send me a text saying Bye Momma love you see you later!!!! that also never happen. Well her & Candace went back to Candace's house as we know & both had went to sleep looking at a movie when Candace got a call from one of her friend needed a ride cause they had been drinking. Candace & Brittany got up to get that friend safely home but never made it Sept 3 2011 Candace's car went off the highway hitting a tree at 50mph in a 55 & Candace passed on the shot my Daughter passed 9 days later never too open her eyes again & went to be with her Best Friend on Sept 12 2011 at 7:31am. The person that got them up walked away & they passed saving him who has told friends time & time again when he was drinking a lot the he is why my girls are know longer with us because he pull the wheel & if he did so I can rest & my girls too would just let us know & help us from the pain from not knowing. My Daughter not only left me she had a 15mths old sweet baby boy who I have with me & always lived in this home with his His Sweet Mother Grandma & Dad, & his mama Sisters & brothers. It will be 15mths come Dec 12 2012 & I have dropped so much & now sickly at 42 not knowing what really happen to my girl & a Mother taking from her baby boy & Family the day before her sisters baby girl my Grandbaby 1st Birthday Sept 13 2011. I need some closer soon.

So many of you have had such sad losses, and my heart goes out to you all, I am so pleased however that you have all come across this poem, it was sent to me and I found comfort in it too. At least it makes each one of us feel that we are not alone. God Bless you all xx

I lost my 23 year old daughter on July 16, 2012 and tomorrow would have been her 24th birthday, she left behind a 3 year old son. I have read this poem many times and if my daughter could talk to me one last time I believe this is what she would say! Thanks for sharing!