Poems that help give comfort regarding death include several sonnets by Shakespeare; "While Waiting for Thee," by Helen Steiner Rice; "How We Survive," by Mark Rickerby; and "Though I am Dead," by an unknown author. These poems treat the grief of death and the joy of a life lived
The most famous Shakespearean sonnet touching on death is Sonnet 71, but many of Shakespeare's sonnets touch on the subject of loss and death. His work was especially adept at helping the reader find reasons not to mourn death but rejoice in the life lived, love and ease the burden. Many poems offering comfort at death follow along these lines, helping focus on positive aspects of life and the journey to come.