18 Short Poems for a Pet Hamster’s Funeral

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You may not be surprised to learn that there isn’t an abundance of hamster funeral poems available online. However, if you would like to read a poem about the loss of a pet, we can help. 

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Here are a few poems that would be appropriate for a hamster’s funeral. But, of course, most of these pieces would work for any animal. 

Uplifting Hamster Funeral Poems

Are you looking for a poem that celebrates the life of an animal? We’ll start with the most popular pet loss poem. 

You might also look through lists of funeral poems to find words of comfort. 

1. “The Rainbow Bridge” by Paul C. Dahm

One of the most famous poems about the loss of a pet is “The Rainbow Bridge.” This poem describes a pet afterlife, where pets wait for their owners to join them after their deaths. 

Paul C. Dahm is a grief counselor who wrote and published this poem. The phrase “rainbow bridge” is a common euphemism to describe the death of a pet. 

2. “There’s an Empty Space Where You Used to Lay” by Christy Ann Martine

This poem is along the same theme as “The Rainbow Bridge.” The last two lines state:

“Meet me at the rainbow when the time is right.
Run into my arms again, walk with me into the light.”

Both “The Rainbow Bridge” and this poem are popular choices for pet owners because neither states a specific type of pet that died.

3. “Forever Is Too Far to See” by Unknown

This poem isn’t specifically about the death of an animal. However, we added it to our list because it has a similar theme to the Rainbow Bridge. 

The poem reads in its entirety:

“Forever is too far to see from where we are today,
But loved ones who have reached a higher view
Have found a perfect home where every sorrow goes away,
And there they wait to welcome me and you…

And though they go ahead of us to that Eternal Land,
We can be sure they’ve found a happy place,
And someday in the future, at our own life’s journey’s end,
We’ll greet each other gladly face-to-face.”

4. “Ode to a Lost Pet” by Unknown

We often run across the work of amateur poets that makes us smile. In particular, this is one of the only poems about pet loss that we found that mentions “poo.”

It begins:

“We do not mourn the messes you made
Or miss all the work we had to do
To make sure you did not get lost when we played
Or train you about where to poo.”

Sad Hamster Funeral Poems

Are you looking for ideas of poems to read for a hamster funeral? Here are some melancholy pieces that talk about grief and loss. 

5. “Paw Prints on Your Heart” by Unknown

This poem is often used on sympathy gifts for pet owners. Because no specific type of pet is named in the poem, you can use it to describe the grief one feels when losing a hamster.

The poem ends:

“You’ll never be forgotten, 
You left paw prints on my heart.”

6. “God Only Takes the Best” by Unknown

Like the previous poem, this one also does not talk specifically about one kind of animal. However, the poem does refer to an animal’s illness leading up to its death.

The poem ends:

“A golden heart has stopped beating 
And you were finally at rest. 
God broke our hearts to prove to us 
That he only takes the best.”

7. “Four Feet in Heaven” by Unknown

Some phrases in this poem might need to be edited to work for a hamster’s funeral. However, we love how this poem speaks plainly about missing a pet:

“But I will miss you little friend, for I could never measure the happiness you brought me, the comfort and the pleasure.”

8. “My Forever Pet” by Unknown

Those who have lost a pet describe how strange it feels to return home without receiving a welcome from their pet. You might connect with this poem if you have experienced this since losing your hamster. 

It begins:

“There’s something missing in my home, 
I feel it day and night. 
I know it will take time and strength 
Before things feel quite right.”

9. “A Loved Companion” by Unknown

Here’s another poem that describes how strange it feels to return home and not have your pet welcome you.

It begins:

“You no longer greet me
As I walk through the door.
You’re not there to make me smile
To make me laugh anymore.”

More Hamster Funeral Poems 

As you may have noticed, it is much easier to find poems about losing a pet than poems specifically about the loss of a hamster. However, here are some additional pieces about a pet’s death that might comfort you following your loss.

10. “They Will Not Go Quietly” by Unknown

While this poem doesn’t specifically name a pet, it has some phrases that make a reader think it is about a dog or a cat. However, the theme of this poem will speak to any pet owner. 

It begins:

“They will not go quietly,
The pets that shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
Their spirit still survives.”

11. “Her Journey’s Just Begun” by Ellen Brenneman

This poem isn’t specifically about the death of an animal. It includes the soothing stanza:

“Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.”

12. “May I Go Now?” by Susan A. Jackson

Here’s another poem about death that doesn’t specifically speak about pets. 

It includes this passage:

“I’ll not be far,
I promise that, and hope you’ll always know
That my spirit will be close to you
Wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too,
That’s why it’s hard to say goodbye
And end this life with you.”

13. “The Last Battle” by Unknown

This poem is about having to euthanize a pet. 

“If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this—the last battle—can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.”

14. “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Ce­cil F. Al­ex­an­der

This “poem” is an Anglican hymn written by Cecil Frances Alexander. It was initially published in Hymns for Little Children

You are probably familiar with the first stanza of this song/poem:

“All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.” 

However, besides praising the beauty of creatures, the lyrics to this song celebrates the entire natural world.

It concludes with the following lines:

“He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.”

15. “A Silent Thought” by Unknown

Here’s a four-lined piece that is used on epitaphs and urns:

“A silent thought, a secret tear,
Keeps his memory ever dear.
Time eases the edge of grief,
Memory turns back every leaf.”

16. “Missing Your Playful Paws” by Unknown

Here’s another four-lined poem – this one specifically about the death of an animal.

“Missing your unconditional love and playful paws,
We are now apart.
You’re gone from our lives,
But never from our heart.”

17. “My Forever Pet” by Unknown

Some pet owners become hurt and frustrated when others fail to take their grief seriously. This poem speaks to this frustration. It includes the lines:

“Though some may say, ‘It’s just a pet,’
I know I’ve lost a friend.”

18. Job 12:7-10

Are you looking for beautiful scripture to read following the death of your pet? Consider this passage from Job:

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.”

Consider Writing Your Own Poem

We must apologize for not finding many poems explicitly written about the death of a hamster. However, we would like to suggest that you write one on your own. 

Writing is a wonderful way to process grief. Even if you haven’t written a poem since your high school English class, consider giving it a try. Remember – poems don’t have to rhyme or be written in stanzas. 

You might start with a piece that describes the characteristics of your pet. Perhaps you can use your poem to tell a funny story about your hamster. Or you might want to write about how you felt following the death of your pet.

You can write your poem for your own personal use or share it online. There are a lot of amateur poetry websites and pet grief websites that will allow you to share your piece.

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