Nana Can’t Be With You

Nana Can’t Be With You


Original Bereavement Poem from Deceased Grandmother

bereavement poem from grandmotherWhile thinking back on my mother-in-law’s funeral and how it affected our children and grandchildren, I began wondering what parting message I would want to leave for those grieving my death. Our daughter Kari wrote a lovely funeral poem that I have shared with my visitors. My brother-in-law has it hanging on the living room wall, in a small way to keep Mom Mom near. As I sat here at the computer tonight, the following poem came to mind. I want my children and grandchildren to know that I am always with them in spirit, everywhere they go for we are all part of nature. I can’t imagine a nicer way to stay with those we leave behind.

Nana Can’t Be With You

Nana can’t be with you, but remember this…

When you are lonely, curl up your fingers
Feel my hand in yours…

When you are happy, look to the stars
See my shining eyes…

When you are sad, sit in the sun
Feel the warmth of my love…

When you need me, walk in the garden
See me everywhere…

Know that I am with you, always
Love forever, Nana

by Barbara R Johnson

About the Author:

Jersey Shore Grandmother of 5 great kids, retired special ed high school teacher, married since 1972 to Poppy...loves spoiling the grands, crocheting for whomever I can and charities, reading, crafts, outdoors, blogging...and retirement.


  1. nana 2009/12/04 at 8:15 pm

    I am sorry for your family’s loss. You have given me the kindest compliment by honoring Lilly’s relationship with her grandmother with one of my poems. My mother passed away when I was just 18…she was just 50. It may never make sense but we have the wonderful memories that will always be with us.

  2. Sandy Allard 2009/12/04 at 3:58 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that the poem is beautiful. My mother passed away in February and my granddaughter, although only 3 1/2, was involved with her care since she was 2. My Lilly misses her Mom-Mom very much. This sentiment will be perfect to put with a picture of the both of them for a keepsake. I wish you peace and comfort. I am still searching for peace and to make some sense over the loss of my mother.

  3. Peggy Hogg 2009/06/19 at 11:06 am

    Our Nana recently passed from this world to heaven. We know she is an angel watching over us all. We miss you Nana – but you will always live in our hearts.

    This poem is beautiful – See you one day Nana.

  4. Nana's Son 2009/05/07 at 8:26 am

    Mom, You will always be with me no matter what. I want to thank you for all you’ve done for me growing up and even still with the new house and dog and wedding. You are such a great mom that I couldn’t possibly ask for a better mother. You have really helped me grow as a person and helped teach me how to be a good person. Your guidance, love and support has always pointed in the right direction. I dont know where I would be without you.

    I just want to say, thank you.

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