Poem – Grieve Well, Dear Heart

This poem is just as much for me as for anyone else. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling a lot of grief recently. Our lives have been turned upside down and the future is uncertain. I have been grieving for the loss of many things – plans carefully set with hope and excitement, dear people I have been forced to say goodbye to, the premature end of my school year…

One emotion I have been wrestling with alongside the grief is guilt over feeling grief at all. What right have I to grieve? – this thought has been swirling around in my head these past few days. After all, I have a place to live, food to eat, family that care, and the privilege to continue my learning online. There are so many others whose situation is far, far worse than mine is. 

So I wrote this poem in response to all the emotions I have been grappling with recently – the grief that this virus has brought me, as well as the guilt I have felt over feeling grief in the first place. I don’t know where you are emotionally, or how exactly this pandemic has affected you. But I hope that this poem may in some way encourage you today.

What right have I to grieve?

You ask yourself again and again,

heart heavy with guilt over your grief.


Guilt over your grief?

‘Tis a strange place to be, you precious soul.

Why burden yourself further when you

are already aching and weary and restless

from this grief that has burdened your heart.


Don’t rush yourself, don’t push your grief down,

don’t swallow your tears – instead

let yourself sit in your sorrow and


feel the weight and breath in the bitter.


You are allowed this grief.

You have permission to grieve this loss

of many precious things.


It won’t always be like this –

you won’t always be grieving.

Moments will become lighter and

the sun will shine again.


But for now,

grieve well, dear heart.

Joy and hope will come, indeed they are already

blooming amidst the shadow.


I’d love to chat in the comments! How has this crazy pandemic affected you emotionally? Does this poem ring true with you at all in your current situation?

Author: Hannah

Jesus follower. writer. bibliophile. dreamer.

4 thoughts on “Poem – Grieve Well, Dear Heart”

  1. Your thoughts are so timely, Hannah, especially when plans take an ubrupt change. Thank you for sharing. I feel your pain. You’re so right: ‘we have permission to grieve’ – “there is a time to grieve and a time to dance” (Eccl. 3:4b). Jeremiah grieved in Lam. 3:20, but his hope remained in the Lord’s love, mercies, and faithfulness. (Lam. 3:21-23)

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  2. Yes I too have many many blessings from our Lord, yet I am a broken man watching the love of my life suffer seemingly endlessly.


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