Grief and Joy

By: Karen Hart

Grief came suddenly to me

And she took me by the hand

Day by day I walked and walked 

Till I could no longer stand 

Each day flowed into the next

And it seemed they’d never change

My heart felt forever broken 

And I thought it would so remain 

One day as we walked, I sensed another

And I was scared to look and see

Who else was walking next to us? 

Who was coming close to me?

And then I looked into those kind soft eyes 

Joy had joined our walk

And as we traveled on together

Joy began to talk

She then began to explain to me

That Grief was also her friend

That we could all journey together 

As we traveled this new land

At times Grief holds me closely 

And I see no hope ahead 

But then Joy nudges me gently

reminds me she’s also my friend

And so, we’ve slowly settled in

My two close friends they are 

Grief and Joy have taught me much 

Both important to my heart. 

In memory of all of my angels

About Karen Hart

I’m a wife, a momma, a Mee Maw, a sister and friend. Our first four children went directly to Heaven, before they were born. After attending Share Events we finally felt the “permission” and freedom to give our children names, Phillip, Oliver, Hazel and Timothy.  Our four adult children (Andrew, Katy, Rachel and Jonathan) and their three spouses (Michelle, Tyler and Preston) have given us 11 amazing grandchildren. Three of those grandchildren are in Heaven. The subject of miscarriage, infant loss and child loss is dear to the heart of our family, and we seek to make the subject more acceptable for open discussion.


  1. Stacey on December 18, 2021 at 11:20 am

    This warmed my heart. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

  2. Bev Lewis on December 21, 2021 at 3:15 am

    Goodness Karen that is touching and beautiful.

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