Losing a loved one is always rough. Your friends and co-workers may send quick sympathy messages on Facebook, or you may receive condolence cards in the mail. While it can be nice to receive thoughts and prayers of others, sometimes none of those messages can add comfort to the sharp grief of losing your grandfather.
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- Read a Quote that Says “Happy Birthday in Heaven, Grandpa”
- Find a “Happy Birthday, Grandpa” Poem
- Acknowledge Grandpa’s 100th Birthday on Social Media or Public Tribute
If you find yourself struggling with the death of your grandpa, seeking advice on dealing with your pain can be helpful. You can read some books on grief, talk with a counselor or a member of the clergy.
If your grandfather's birthday is approaching, think about how you would like to honor your family member as he celebrates his birthday in heaven. Here are some ways you can say happy birthday to your grandpa, even though he is no longer on Earth.
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Read a Quote that Says "Happy Birthday in Heaven, Grandpa"
Sometimes it helps to realize that other people are hurting too. Read these quotes about grandparents. You may consider using some of them for your grandfather's eulogy, or you may reflect on the quote as your grandpa's birthday approaches.
- When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window." - Ogden Nash, Poet
- "A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart." - Author Unknown
- "Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things." - Author Unknown
- "The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap." - Author Unknown
- "Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." - Alex Haley, Author
- "One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather." - Joy Hargrove
- "Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers." - Lewis Mumford, Historian
- "A grandfather is someone you can look up to no matter how tall you grow." – Author Unknown
- "Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven't thought of yet." - Gene Perret, Writer
Find a "Happy Birthday in Heaven, Grandpa" Poem
Many poems celebrate grandparents, and perhaps can give you solace to read and reflect upon as you approach your grandfather's birthday. Consider posting some of these poems to your social media accounts so others can reminisce and think about the special grandparent in their lives.
"Manners" by Elizabeth Bishop
In this poem by American poet Elizabeth Bishop, a grandfather teaches his grandson manners during a short wagon ride. Grandparents may often act as guides on what is wrong and what is right.
"My Granddaddy, My Best Friend" by Lauren E. Garner
In this poem, Lauren E. Garner describes her granddaddy as her friend and guide. Think about what you learned from your grandfather. Perhaps he taught you how to change a tire, or maybe he taught you how to be a good citizen.
"I Was Thinking Of Love And You Came To Mind" by April Johnson
April Johnson thinks of specific moments she spent with her grandfather. Those moments were tender and sweet, even though the speaker of the poem remembers being a difficult child. Perhaps others regret their past behaviors with their grandparents.
"A D-Day Tale" by Tammy L. Privitera
Do you know how your grandfather met your grandmother? It's important to know your family stories. Ask your parents about the details of how your family started. Record the stories so future generations can enjoy them someday.
"A True Hero" by Julie Mills
If you said that your grandfather was a hero, others might assume that you mean that he was a military hero. This poem, “A True Hero,” speaks about a man who shows heroism in his everyday life.
"Great Grandpa" by Alan Balter
You may have been lucky enough to have a relationship with a great grandparent. Alan Balter writes about the great sense of humor of the patriarch of his family. If your grandpa shared a lot of good jokes, spend time sharing those jokes with others on his birthday. Perhaps this would be good to share on social media.
"Northern Star" by Kelly Graham
This poem doesn't specifically mention a grandfather, but it does speak about someone in your life who offers guidance. Perhaps you often sought your grandfather's advice when you needed help making decisions.
"My Last Visit" by Alexis Abraham
When was the last time you saw your grandfather alive? Alexis Abraham reflects on the last visit she had with this special man in her life. While saying goodbye is hard, some wish they had a chance to have a special moment with a person they loved before they died.
"Up Above" by Brianna Martins
Brianna Martins thinks about her loved one who has passed on into eternal life. Even though she misses her family member, she finds comfort in knowing that this person is no longer in pain. She writes, "God decided he needed you now so he brought you up, up past the sun to a place where all your pain is gone."
"The Grandfather Clock" by James Sielschott
This poet compares his grandfather to a grandfather clock. Just like a clock, his grandfather was always present, watching over the members of the family and guiding them.
Acknowledge Grandpa's 100th Birthday on Social Media or Public Tribute
You may have been lucky enough to have a grandfather who lasted 100 years. Perhaps your grandfather passed on before hitting this milestone. What do you say on social media if this milestone is approaching? Here are some ideas.
“My loving grandfather would have been 100 years old today, and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him. He showed me his secret fishing hole and helped me catch my first catfish. He snuck me a beer on my 17th birthday, much to my mother's chagrin. Grandpa made sure I knew about Waylon, Willie, and Johnny. He encouraged me to propose to my wife and told me the secrets of a happy marriage. I miss him every day. Happy birthday in heaven, grandpa!”
“Many of you knew my Grandpa Stevens. He acted like an old curmudgeon, but I've never met a more kind and caring man. In honor of my grandpa's birthday today, I ask all of you to wear your Cubs jerseys or t-shirts. Even though Grandpa lived to be 96, and he accomplished so much in his long life, he didn't survive long enough to see the Cubs win the World Series. Wear those Cubs shirts today and think of my dear grandpa.”
“Happy birthday to my grandpa in heaven! He would have been 100 years old today. My grandpa was a hard-working man who could fix anything. In fact, he never spent a dime on home improvement projects or car repairs because he thought a real man should be able to take care of such things himself. Whenever I smell Old Spice cologne or eat a butterscotch candy, I think of my grandpa.”
“My grandfather would have been 100 years old today, and it is incredible to think about how the world has changed since he was born in 1919. My grandfather's parents were farmers, and he grew up in a rural community. His houses didn't have indoor plumbing, and he describes how he would use catalog pages as toilet paper in the outhouse at the back of the property. They had a hand-pumped well at their house, and they had to heat water for their weekly baths. Needless to say, a lot has changed in the last 100 years.”
“Today would have been my grandpa's birthday, and I miss him every day. If you are lucky enough to have grandparents still, call and visit them often. Ask them questions about their parents and childhood. Ask about their reactions to historical events. Find out what your parents were like as kids, and ask them the secrets to a long marriage. Don't ignore the older generation because you will regret the loss of knowledge when they are gone.”
“My grandpa would have been 100 years old today. My favorite memory with grandpa happened when I was 12. I was spending the night at his house, and he woke me up early. We left grandma and my younger siblings sleeping in bed as we crept from the house before daybreak. We climbed into his old pickup that didn't have seatbelts and drove to his favorite fishing lake. We silently cast our lines as the sun rose.”
Remembering Grandpa on His Birthday
Other people may be missing your grandpa on his birthday as well. Reach out to your parents and siblings. Spend time doing something grandpa would enjoy. Share memories.
We often don't think about how important a person is in our lives until they are gone. Use the death of your grandpa to think about the people in your life who make a difference. Spend your grandpa's birthday telling others how much you care about them.
If you need more inspiration, read how to say "happy birthday in heaven" to another loved one.