Poem for Parents Who Are Grieving the Loss of a Child

A Poem for Parents Who Are Grieving the Loss of a Child

by Bob Olson

When I was a young man, my 5-year-old cousin, Matthew, was hit by a car and died. I rushed to the hospital when I got the news of the accident.

After the doctor delivered the news that Matthew had passed, he asked if anyone in the waiting room wanted to see Matthew's body. For some unknown reason, I went in with my cousins, Matthew's parents. I don't know why I did it, or why my parents didn't stop me. Nonetheless, it's a visual that has never left my memory.

That evening, I was unable to sleep as I was worrying about Matthew's parents. I got up at two o'clock in the morning and wrote this poem for them.

Matthew's mother said it was her saving grace during the coming days and weeks. They asked me to read it at Matthew's services.

For all of you who have lost children, or anyone for that matter dealing with grief, I thought I'd share it with you.

With love and heartfelt sympathy for your loss,

Bob Olson, AfterlifeTV.com & BestPsychicDirectory.com

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In Memory of Matthew 

by Bob Olson

Many happy times we shared,
Your smile will never leave me.
That smirk of love that showed you cared,
Was there whenever need be.

You brought to me five gifted years,
And now I long to hold you.
I think of you and drown in tears,
Because I know I told you…

"Please be careful, please go slow,
Do NOT run in the street."
But you so young, how could you know,
The danger you would meet.

They say don’t cry, be brave, be strong,
But they don’t know my sorrow.
Life seems unfair, so mean, so wrong,
How will I face tomorrow?

For you, my son, filled every day,
With sunshine, love and kindness.
Those memories now pave my way,
Through the shadows of my blindness.

You know that I am grateful,
God blessed my life with thee;
And now that you are ready,
You shall spend the rest with He.

I know it’s right that you so nice
Should rise through heaven’s gate,
And even if you had looked twice,
There’s no-escaping God’s planned fate.

I understand you’re with Him now,
And joy is yours forever.
He sent us you to teach us how
To take life lightly never.

And now I’ve learned,
And you shall see,
How all you taught
Will better me.

As you would want, life will go on,
But not without your spirit.
With you in mind, I’ll rise each dawn,
With a smile like you would wear it.

And one day too will I be blessed,
To rejoice with God as you do.
And on that day my prayers will rest,
To rejoin with you, my Matthew.


Bob Olson is the author of Answers About The Afterlife, host of Afterlife TV, and founder of BestPsychicDirectory.com.

© Copyright 1985 Bob Olson

A former skeptic & private investigator, and the author of ANSWERS ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE: A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR'S 15-YEAR RESEARCH UNLOCKS THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE AFTER DEATH, Bob Olson has been an Afterlife Investigator & Psychic Medium Researcher since 1999. In his search for evidence of life after death, Bob has tested hundreds of psychics, mediums & other afterlife-related practitioners. Bob is the host of AFTERLIFE TV, founder of BEST PSYCHIC DIRECTORY and BEST PSYCHIC MEDIUMS, and offers his PSYCHIC MEDIUM WORKSHOP to help psychics and mediums improve their abilities and business. Visit Bob on AFTERLIFE TV's FACEBOOK page & on TWITTER.