‘Grief!’ – A poem by Ms Vandana Mahajan

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The Indian Association of Palliative Care celebrated this year’s World Poetry Day by publishing ‘A symphony of Words: A collection of poems‘ penned by our very own friends from the palliative care community. We continue to share a poem, each week, for our friends to enjoy!

The poem for this week, Poem #23 of 25..

‘Grief!’ – A poem by Ms Vandana Mahajan, New Delhi, India

A sense of loss….
Of what was …
Or what could have been…
Grief is what you desire…
A strong emotion you feel
Grief is what shatters your soul
So many pieces of you scattered
that you struggle to hold…!!

Grief is feeling empty some days..
And on others (days) feeling full ….
Full of tears….
Full of fears….
Full of memories of those who were once so near….
Grief is love….
Love that makes you smile…
Love that reminds you of the loss
Love which is like a constant ache…

An emptiness created by pain
A feeling difficult to shake…
It’s Love that caresses your soul….
the love that squeezes the heart a bit more…..
Love that reminds us of memories and moments
Love that was…..and will always be..

It’s love that you alone can feel
Love that creates a void – a vacant space….

Grief is nothing but love
That your heart struggles to give…
……the love which is unspent..

A smile on your lips,
a twinkle in your eye,
a lump in your throat,
a tear in the eye,
an emptiness in your soul..

Grief then is the love which helps you pick up the shattered pieces …..
It’s the love, around the void, which makes you whole!


About the poet:
Ms Vandana Mahajan is a trained palliative care counsellor, with over 10 years of experience in working with cancer patients. 

To read poems from the entire collection, please click here.



  1. Lacey Barb

    Your poem is beautiful.
    I felt the gentleness and love it evoked. It was real and so easy to
    relate to, then enjoy.
    Thank you

  2. Lacey Barb

    Barb Lacey, BS, BSRN
    Cardiovascular ICU 3 yr,
    Head nurse 2 yr
    Oncology infusion RN – 9 yr
    Hospice in patient unit – 7 yr
    Hospice out patient – 2 yr

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