Poor Little Dead Bird

a song for helping children understand loss and grief

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Walter Farquharson
Tune Name: TISDALE

Lyrics as Poetry

Poor little dead bird,
lying on the ground.
I can’t help but wonder
if it matters that you’re found.

Poor little dead bird,
I’ll make a little grave.
When your friends fly over,
I’ll give a little wave.

Poor little dead bird,
did God see you fall?
Jesus said God notices,
God gently loves us all.


Words by
Walter FarquharsonCopyright © 1984 by Walter Farquharson
Administered by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA


Audio Sample

POOR LITTLE DEAD BIRD
One Verse
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture References

  • John 19:38-42
  • John 20:1-19
  • 1 Corinthians 15:35-44

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • CHILDREN∶ music about
  • CHILDREN∶ music for
  • Death, Dying
  • Funeral
  • GOD∶ nature of
  • Grief
  • Intergenerational
  • Memorial Service

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