Prayers for grandma poem

My grandmother, Margaret Alice Van Wyk, née Puth in South Africa, was the only daughter in a family of 7 brothers. She took care of us,5 children, as both my parents worked and I never realised how wonderful she was until the end of her life – and as I was ill, I did not show her love with my presence in her life.
My name ‘Marilese’ is a contraction of ‘Margaret Alice’ and I chose this ‘nom de plume’ to honour and commemorate my grandmother who was the best cook, seamstress, care-taker and helper there ever was. So I wish her spirit to feel the love and admiration I have for her as she felt lonely and rejected in life. She will never ever be rejected while my spirit exists to give her the love she missed in life!
My alias for my mother is ‘Queen of Hearts’ – obviously, she was imperial, and for my grandmother it is ‘Cinderella’ who served everyone – but who never went to the ball. So in the afterlife I’m going to take grandma Alice to a ball of admiration and delight – starting with my poetry!

prayers for grandma poem

We have assembled a collection of 17 of the most beautiful funeral poems for Grandma to help you celebrate her life and her enduring love.

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This first poem is perfect to recite at a funeral service for a beloved Grandmother.

If your Grandma suffered from an illness that left her in pain before her passing, this beautiful poem offers some comfort; she is no longer in any pain and is in God’s loving arms.

God Saw You Getting Tired

Unknown Author

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you and whispered,
“Come to Me”

With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best

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This next poem reminds us that Grandma will always be with us.  It is suitable for a traditional funeral, memorial service, as well as a celebration of life ceremony.

She’s in the Sun, the Wind, the Rain

By Christy Ann Martine

She’s in the sun, the wind, the rain,
she’s in the air you breathe
with every breath you take.
She sings a song of hope and cheer,
there’s no more pain, no more fear.
You’ll see her in the clouds above,
hear her whisper words of love,
you’ll be together before long,
until then, listen for her song.

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We love this next funeral poem as it highlights the importance of celebrating your Grandma’s life and legacy.  This funeral poem invites us to not focus on her death, but to find comfort in all the wonderful things that she did her time with us.

She Is Gone

By David Harkins

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

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We may find comfort is picturing our beautiful Grandma being welcomed in heaven and being reunited with loved ones who have passed before her.  This sweet and simple funeral poem captures this sentiment.


By Laura White

Such wonderful memories of Nanny
The Nanny we all used to know
We kept you too long and there waiting
The angels have said you can go
Bright golden gates that are shining
Full of family to bid you hello
So blow us a kiss as you’re leaving
Our sadness we’ll try not to show
Such wonderful memories of Nanny
We all have our favourites you see
As you enter those gates you’ll be thinking
They’re all there thinking of me!

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This beautiful funeral poem articulates how lucky we feel to have been given the best Grandma in the world.

A Wonderful Grandmother

Unknown Author

We had a wonderful grandmother,
One who never really grew old;
Her smile was made of sunshine,
And her heart was solid gold;
Her eyes were as bright as shining stars,
And in her cheeks fair roses you see.

We had a wonderful grandmother,
And that’s the way it will always be.
But take heed, because
She’s still keeping an eye on all of us,
So let’s make sure
She will like what she sees.

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This next funeral poem is the perfect way to express the special relationship we had with Grandma, to thank her for all of the lessons she passed down, and to let her know how much she is missed.

My Grandmother

By Victoria L. Payne

In my Rose Garden of memories
I see you standing there
An angel in disguise
Who taught me how to care
I long to hear your voice
for real not in my dreams
I am missing you so much these days
how empty my world seems
People say time heals all wounds
that someday the pain will subside
But Grandma I can tell you
I think they must have lied
The emptiness I am feeling now
is strong and I am weak
These days go by without you
so dreary and so bleak
In my Rose Garden of memories
I know you’ll always be
for though you’re gone
from this mortal world
In my heart you’ll always be

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If you are one of those lucky people who were fortunate enough to consider your Grandma to be your best friend, this beautiful poem is the perfect tribute for her funeral, memorial service, or celebration of life ceremony.


By Rob

The words you spoke so wisely
Have never been so clear.
All the lessons that you taught me
Still remain right here.

I am left here wishing
To hear your voice one last time,
Once more to hear you sing
That I am your sunshine.

You told me it would be all right,
But I feel that isn’t true.
The only thing to make this better
Is if I was there with you.

I know this isn’t possible,
But it’s hard to think it so.
I know you’re now not suffering,
But I hate to see you go.

I’d let you wear that fanny pack,
I swear I wouldn’t care,
Just to have you back one more time,
Just to have you there.

I’d give a million dollars,
To read one last email,
To decode that secret message
About treasures from a sale.

I know the pain will slowly leave,
And your memories will stay,
Your time with us was special,
And it is often replayed.

My sunshine was taken,
Now my skies are left grey.
Oh, the things that I would give
For only one more day.

You were more than just a Grandma,
You were my best friend.
My life has changed forever,
But I’ll still love you ’til the end.

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This funeral poem for Grandma celebrates her unconditional, enduring love, along with the profound influence she had on our lives.

My Loving Grandmother

By Nivedeeta Pereira

When I had no shoulder to lean on,
and my eyes were filled with tears.
I had my Nana to count on,
to drive away my fears.

Despite all the wrong I’d done,
when the light I couldn’t see,
Nana was my shining sun,
who gently consoled me.

She always encouraged and inspired me,
to follow my every dream,
she’d tell me that I was not alone,
cause she was my team.

She’d tell everyone about me,
what I was doing, when and how,
she preserved everything I ever gave her,
from the time I was little till now.

Without you nana I am so lost,
my tears just won’t dry,
but I believe your one of gods angels,
you spread your wings and fly.

We are sure you are around us,
in every thing we do,
your one of Gods angels we do trust,
we can see all are wishes come true.

Dear Nana we really miss you,
and wish with us you’d always be,
but since God wants you too,
I’ll keep your memories alive in me.

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It gives us comfort to think of our Grandmas enjoying a beautiful, garden-like dreamland after their passing.  This touching funeral poem provides us with that.


Author Unknown

God looked around his garden
and found an empty space.
Then he looked down upon this earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best.

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This touching funeral poem for Grandma celebrates the woman who showered us with unconditional love and valuable life lessons that will forever be cherish.

Unknown Title

Unknown Author

Grandma, your life was full of loving deeds,
forever thoughtful of our special needs.
Today and tomorrow, my whole life through,
I will always love and cherish you.

There was magic in grandmother’s touch,
and sunshine in her smile.
There was love in everything she did
to make our lives worthwhile.

We found both hope and courage
just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter was a source of joy,
her words warm and wise.

There was a kindness and compassion
found in her embrace,
And shining down from Heaven above
we see the glow of Grandma’s face.

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This next funeral poem for Grandma captures how wonderful and magical her love was.  There is no one in the world quite like our Grandma.

The Magic of a Grandmother

Unknown Author

There was magic in grandmother’s touch,
and sunshine in her smile.
There was love in everything she did
to make our lives worthwhile.
We found both hope and courage
just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter was a source of joy,
her words warm and wise.
There was a kindness and compassion
found in her embrace,
And shining down from Heaven above
we see the glow of Grandma’s face.

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This next funeral poem for Grandma is a simple, but heartfelt tribute.  This would be the perfect poem for a young person to recite or read at a funeral service, memorial service, or a celebration of life service.

Her Smile

Unknown Author

Though her smile is gone forever
and her hand I cannot touch
I still have so many memories
Of the one I loved so much.
Her memory is now my keepsake
Which with I’ll never part.
God has her in his keeping
I have her in my heart.
Sadly missed but never forgotten.

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This beautiful funeral poem is very popular, even though it is simple, because it perfectly captures how much we love our Grandma, even after her passing.

If Flowers Grow In Heaven (Modified)

By Dolores M. Garcia

If flowers grow in heaven Lord,
then pick a bunch for me then
place them in my Grandma’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek and
hold her for awhile.

prayers for grandma poem


Many of us have fond memories of our Grandmother reading to us.  We explored the world through books, while snuggling close to Grandma. 

This is an easy funeral poem to learn to recite from memory.  It would be a wonderful funeral poem for a child who wants to be involved in the funeral service.

Richer Than Gold (Modified)

By Strickland Gillilan

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I had a Grandmother who read to me.

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These bible verses from the New International Version (NIV) honours grandmothers and mothers everywhere.  They are beautiful verses to read at a Christian funeral service.

She Shall Be Praised

Proverbs 31: 10, 25-31

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth no the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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When we reach adulthood, we are able to see our Grandma more fully, as a person with a lifetime of her own hopes and dreams, and as a friend.  This next funeral poem is very moving.

A Poem for Grandma

Unknown Author 

Grandma, you were just a girl, So many years ago.
You had your loves and had your dreams,
You watched us come and go.

You watched us make the same mistakes,
That you had made before,
But that just made you hold us tight,
And love us all the more.

We haven’t always thought about
The things that you have seen.
To us you’ve just been ‘Grandma’,
No thought of who you’ve been.

But we remember now in love,
Your life from start to end,
And we’re just glad we knew you,
As Grandma, and as Friend.

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This poem is appropriate for all types of funeral services for a Grandma, from traditional, religious ceremonies, to celebrations of life ceremonies.

Weep Not For Me

Unknown Author

Weep not for me though I have gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul’s sweet flight

I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years

There is no pain, I suffer not
The fear is now all gone
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on

Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life.

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This funeral poem eloquently articulates how difficult it is to accept that Grandma has passed away.  A life without our Grandma is difficult to imagine.


By James Whitcomb Riley

I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
She has wandered into an unknown land;
And left us dreaming how very fair
Its needs must be, since she lingers there.
And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn
From the old-time step and the glad return-
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of there, as the love of here
Think of her still the same way, I say.

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by Elizabeth (Brooklyn, NY)

Lord I pray that you heal my Grandmother Lucille Hunt who is currently in the hospital fighting for her life. Lord I pray for all those who are sick in addition to my Grandmother and in need of your gifts of healing and prayer. Lord there is nothing too impossible for you to perform, and healing from any disease or illness is what you will and can do if we believe and trust in your Holy word. Lord I believe, my Grandmother believes, all those who are ill believe, and those who may not believe….Lord give them the strength, understanding and knowledge they need to believe.

Lord my eyes are open, help those with eyes closed shut to no longer be blind to you and your gifts as you have done for me. You are a magnificent healer amongst many things and an Awesome God.

I have been blessed to be a living witness and testimony of all that you can do, especially how you can heal anyone of your children from things that the world deemed as impossible to be healed from….and Lord I ask that you continue to do the same for me, my Grandmother, and others who are ill as well as need your protection and covering to be healed forever from their sicknesses.

Thank you lord for the gift of Prayer, Healing, Tongues, Discernment, Love, Strength, Holy Spirit, your word, truth and light (bible), Holy Ghost, and a host of other gifts that are a blessing to us daily. We are forever grateful. We love you for all you have and will do. In the name of Jesus we pray…Amen, Amen, And Amen!

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