Infant Loss Poems


infant loss poemsI want to share these infant loss poems and words of sympathy for grieving parents with you. Moms and dads often feel like they are making everyone sad and uncomfortable.  It really helps when the people around you are fine with being uncomfortable and give you a change to share your memories or mention your child’s name.

First, a few quotes that I’ve come across. These are perfect if you need to write a message in a card.

Infant Loss Sympathy Card Messages & Quotes

“Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.”
-Author Unknown

“Each new life, no matter how brief, forever changes the world.”
-Author Unknown

“How very quietly you tiptoed into our world, silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts.”
-Author Unknown

Next, I have a great resource I have to share. I wish I had know about this when my friend was grieving the loss of her son.

There is a great place for baby loss gifts and e-Cards is the Earth Mama Angel Baby® Baby Loss Comfort Section.

Sympathy Poems for Miscarriage and Infant Loss

So, now you see,
What makes a Mother.
It’s the feeling in your heart.
It’s the love you had so much of,
Right from the very start.
-Author Unknown


A gift for such a little while,
your loss just seems so wrong,
you should not have left before us,
it’s with loved ones you belong.
Do not judge a song by it’s duration,
Nor by the number of it’s notes,
Judge it by the richness of it’s contents.
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant.
Do not judge a song by it’s duration,
Nor by the number of it’s notes,
Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul.
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful.
And when something has enriched your life.
And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart.
Is it unfinished?
Or is it endless?
-Author Unknown


Just Those Few Weeks 
by Susan Erlin

For those few weeks-
I had you to myself.
And that seems too short of time
To be changed so profoundly.
In those few weeks-
I came to know you…
And to love you.
You came to trust me with your life.
Oh, what a life I had planned for you!
Just those few weeks-
When I lost you, 
I lost a lifetime of hopes,plans, dreams, and aspirations…
A slice of my future simply vanished overnight.
Just those few weeks-
It wasn’t enough time to convince others
How special and important you were.
How odd, a truly unique person has recently died
And no one is mourning the passing.
Just a mere few weeks-
And no “normal” person would cry all night
Over a tiny, unfinished baby,
Or get depressed and withdraw day after endless day.
No one would, so why am I?
You were just those few weeks my little one
You darted in and out of my life too quickly.
But it seems that’s all the time you needed
To make my life so much richer-
And give me a small glimpse of eternity.


by Leonard Clark

I carried you in hope, the long nine months of my term,
remembered that close hour when we made you,
often felt you kick and move
 as slowly you grew within me,
wondered what you would look like
when your wet head emerged, girl or boy, and at what glad moment.
I should hear your birth cry, and I welcoming you,
with all you needed of warmth and food; we had a home waiting for you.
After my strong laborings, sweat cooled on my limbs, 
my small cries merging with the summer air,
you came. You did not cry. You did not breathe.
We had not expected this; it seems your birth had no meaning,
Or had you rejected us?
They will say that you did not live, register you as stillborn,
but you lived for me all that time in the dark chamber of my womb,
and when I think of you now, perfect in your little death,
I know that for me you are born still; I shall carry you with me forever,
my child, you were always mine,
you are mine now.
Death and life are the same mysteries.