Loss of a Friend Poem

This is a poem for a friend, for a lost friend... this poem is about a very good friend, jolly, fun, hilarious friend who never tell her friends about her sickness..even her bestfriend. Then one day, she can no longer keep it... she was about to die. She asked her best friend to come over and sit beside her, and hear her whisper... she asked her to close her eyes so her bestfriend won't see her die...she asked her not to open her eyes until she's gone...

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This poem touched my heart. I lost two friends some years ago. They each kept their sickness from me. I just didn't know. The last time that I saw one of them I took her all of her birthday...

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When A Friend Bids Goodbye


Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008 with permission of the Author.

My dear friend,
close your eyes...
hold my hand,
and hear me whisper.

For the times I was lost,
you were there to look for me.
Will you believe me when I say I love you more than you'll ever know?
Will you trust me when I say this time you have to let me go?

My dear friend, I must leave.
The world no longer needs me.
It's my time to be gone, until we meet again someday.
Don't you cry now, I know I'll be okay.
Trust that I'll never forget you.
Don't be sad now, just close your eyes until it's through.
Hold my hand, don't open your eyes yet...
wait when I no longer whisper.

My dear friend, you'll be fine.
I'll be up there watching over you.
For the times I'll be gone, don't ever forget
the words I whispered to you.

God calls on my name and I have to let go of your hand now...
Please don't cry but and smile for me
because I'm with the one who made us friends.

Remember, I'll always love you,
so come, wave me goodbye.
It'll be painful but we have to.
Hug me, hug me tight, feel the words I can no longer say.

My dear friend, I'm going to miss you.
Just pray because I'll always listen.
and one day, when it's your time,
I'll be there for you,
Just like the way I used to.
...I love you...


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  • Tommie H Odom by Tommie H Odom
  • 2 years ago

This poem touched my heart. I lost two friends some years ago. They each kept their sickness from me. I just didn't know. The last time that I saw one of them I took her all of her birthday and Christmas gifts. We laughed, talked, and shared memories. We even cried that day. We both didn't want to leave. The weather said it was going to storm, but we didn't care. I had noticed that her face was thin and her beautiful hair was gone. I didn't let her know that I noticed it. Later on, I got a call to come if I wanted to see her. I went and she had been in surgery. She was so glad to see me. They were supposed to give her a liver transplant, but they couldn't do it. Her body was too weak. She came back to the hospital and then hospice. Before I knew anything, she was gone. My best friend. The other moved out of town. I sent mail to her son’s house but no answer. Then I found out why. She was dead. I still don't know what happen to her.

  • Joseph B by Joseph B
  • 6 years ago

I loved the poem. Currently I'm going through the many emotions of grief. I lost my best friend on September 19, 2017, after months of struggling with cancer. We had been friends since 1994, lost touch in 2000 only to find each other again in 2003. He had his share of life struggles, which resulted in him living with me from 2006 to 2010. He then moved out and lived down the block from me. We communicated in some way every day for 11 years straight. Our friendship moved to brotherhood in 2006 until his passing. It's hard to know he is gone. It hurts to think about all those months when I saw that his pain was unbearable. I took care of my friend at the end when he came home from hospice. Our last conversations were heart breaking while at home. He told me he didn't want to die, not at home. The cancer started to hurt again. This time so bad that we had to take him back to the hospice facility per the hospice nurse because he needed better care. I think about him every day.

  • Sthembile by Sthembile
  • 6 years ago

Hi, I'm so sorry or you loss. I know how hard and painful it is to lose a friend. I'm down that road as well. I just lost my smile keeper on January 2, 2018. I still can't believe that he is gone, and this is my first time experiencing this kind of pain. I'm in pain, and it's hard to believe that he's gone.

  • Laurenshular by Laurenshular
  • 6 years ago

I loved this poem. I lost my best friend on September 19, 2017, due to appendicitis. He was only 15. It's never easy to lose a best friend who has stuck by your side. I never thought I would experience such grief and confusion. It was so sudden and out of the middle of nowhere. He was as bubbly as he always is the day before he passed. Thoughts of him run through my mind every day. Tomorrow will be exactly 3 months, and I've just been trying to get stronger, remembering the storm will pass one day. A rainbow will come after the storm.

  • Tricia Bozarth by Tricia Bozarth
  • 6 years ago

October 16, 2017 will be the one year anniversary of my best friend's passing. She was my best friend. I am turning 45 today and we met and instantly became best friends for life 38 years ago on August 7. I miss her so much. I have never spent a birthday without her. I can hear her now saying, "Happy birthday, old lady," even though she would be turning 45 in February. I know it's not my fault she passed, but I was supposed to go over and see her that night, and I have never ever blown her off and why did I that night? It kills me inside. I could have saved her. Well Pooh, you don't have an addiction anymore, my friend. I just wish it didn't take you away from me, but I have to believe everything happens for a reason and that when it's your time to go, it's your time. I would give anything to see you go have a birthday drink. I love you, Pooh. I miss you so much. It hurts to breathe sometimes. I never pictured my life without you. You were always there. We will meet again, my friend, my best friend.

  • Vangile Bafo by Vangile Bafo
  • 6 years ago

She was my friend. She has a special place in my heart. I used to share with her my pain, happiness, joy, all good things that were happening and the bad things that were happening in my life. She left me without saying any word about her illness. I remember she came over to my house one night. I did not know that in two weeks' time she would be gone. I miss talking to her every day. I wish she could come back and hold my hand again and say, "Don't worry, things will be ok." RIP Gugu. I will always love you. You left a footprint in my heart. No one will remove it. Until we meet again.

  • Jennifer Ahn by Jennifer Ahn
  • 7 years ago

You were the silent, the tension, the dark,
but yet you were so beautiful.
Your silence spoke louder than words.
Your illness, you did not tell me about.
It was silly of you to do so.
It killed me to hear you go.
I don't think I can ever be healed.
I need you here to be with me.
Thank you for everything.
We will meet someday again as best friends.

  • Jermina Mophuthing by Jermina Mophuthing
  • 7 years ago

I lost my friend last week, but he was not sick. I'm going to his funeral on Saturday, and his family asked me to speak. I'm not sure if I can do that as my heart is full of pain.

  • Destinee Broussard by Destinee Broussard
  • 8 years ago

I'm only sixteen. My best friend turned 18 January 1, 2016. She passed away 12 days later on January 13, 2016. I will never understand why her life ended and why my soul left with her. I did not get to go to her funeral, as I was a away in a 5 month program. I did not know of her death until exactly ONE whole month later. Some say they couldn't be as strong as I am. Some say they wouldn't know what to do if they lost they're best friend. Yet, I'm still here and I'm still contemplating on going to meet her.

  • Mila Voss by Mila Voss
  • 6 years ago

Dear Destinee, I am so very sorry to hear about your friend's death and your pain. When someone dies, especially a young person, we often look for reasons. However, most often there is no explanation. It's terrible to have to live with the hole in our heart that is there when someone dear to us leaves us. Look for people who could support you, listen to you, help you. With time, things will get a little better. You will always remember your friend, and often with sadness, and often too with gratitude that you got to have her as your friend, even if it was for a short time. And sometimes you will find yourself smiling, remembering the fun and good times you shared. Things in your life can and will get better. What do you think your friend would want for you? Most likely she would hope for all good things for you. Perhaps that can be a source of strength and inspiration for you as you continue living. And one day you will meet her again. Wishing you comfort and peace and happiness again.

  • Kana by Kana, Japan
  • 9 years ago

My best friend was really popular in school as she was really beautiful. She was bit too rude to others and insult them but when she insult someone she cry alone that no one can see it. She suffered a lot things, her parents try to kill her because they don't want her. She suffered brain fracture because of an accident. No one knows that she suffering it. She never tell anything to any. Even her beloved big brother. I really want her back. I really want ask why she do that.

  • Chris S by Chris S
  • 7 years ago

This is beautiful, Kana. And you are a beautiful person. I wish I had friends as kind as you.

  • America by America
  • 10 years ago

When my best friend Elaine had multi-organ failure I sat next to her in a chair and held her hand and did nothing but cry and she would tell me to stop crying and be happy she is going to see the man that made us friends then she said I will finally be able to see my daughter Tammie "who died some years earlier" I took off as many days as possible. But one night I got a call it was from a friend of me and Elaine she said that Elaine had passed away when I heard that I fell to the floor and cried
I still miss her everyday
love you always Elaine

  • Ireland by Ireland
  • 10 years ago

My best friend died from cystic fibrosis 4 weeks ago today, she left this exact poem in a letter for me. I miss her so much.

  • Lee by Lee
  • 10 years ago

6 years ago which feels like yesterday a friend of mine passed, my best friend ...I never told anyone this before but, about 2 weeks before she died we became a part of "the mean girls" because I was a shy girl the other girls decided that they don't want me to be their friend anymore, and guess who told me this? My friend, my best friend since we were 2 years old she turned her back on me. I was heart broken and I didn't speak to her since. The day before she passed, she came to me when I was sitting in my transport waiting to go home, she showed me pictures and she promised me that she would come by my house later that afternoon she probably wanted to fix things at least I hope she did, when she walked away from me, I did the sign of the cross and I didn't know why. Later when I got home that afternoon I did my homework as quick as I could and I went out to sit on the grass, I waited, and I waited and I waited. She didn't show up. The next day I was determined to tell her exactly how I felt, but she didn't come to school that day, she never missed school. After break when we were in class, before the whole school was called to the school hall the teacher asked who was "my friends" best friend no one picked up their hand, not even the mean girls. I didn't either because I didn't know, I didn't know if we were friends or not. We walked into the hall and the principal told us that she, she was gone. We were 12, I was confused, she was gone, our friendship was ruined. The last time I saw her grave was on the day of her funeral 6 years ago. Days after her funeral she came to me in a dream and we played, and laughed it felt so real. Worst part is, I didn't even say goodbye while she was alive.

  • Satyam by Satyam, India
  • 11 years ago

A few months ago I lost a really good friend of mine. She name was Devi and she was in a wreck. She was on that time ready to commit suicide before suicide she was call me but I could not save her, because I am very long distance when I was able to reach that location she died. Without her voice to start my day and without her smile to end my day. I miss you friend. Everyday I wish she was here so I could tell her about what happened this day or that day. I sing and mine and her best friend plays the guitar and I would really love to use this poem as a song for our Devi. I don't know how to get a hold of the writer but I would love to. Love you forever Devi......

  • Shelley Trigger by Shelley Trigger, Las Vegas NV
  • 12 years ago

One of my very dear friends passed away way too young, cancer was the culprit. There is a hole in my heart for her, her family, her friends. She suffered and was released from her suffering July 17th at 8 pm. She didn't ask "Why Me". She was brave as she was through all trials in life. My dear friend Ruth, I write this with tears in my eyes, I know I will see you again....I loved you dearly, you were a true friend....God hold you in the palm of His hand. Today is your answer day, you can have all the answers to all the questions we all ponder....I will see you on the other side.

  • Shari Ramhorst by Shari Ramhorst, Iowa
  • 9 years ago

I experienced the same thing with my best friend from college, and unfortunately that wasn't the first friend I had to say goodbye to way to soon. The first one was just shy of 16 and the second one just shy of 18, we had just graduated high school. Your words say how I feel and what I am thinking beautifully, thank you...they helped me through my time of missing them all. They have been Guardian Angels for myself as well as some of my other loved ones and I know they are just a prayer away.

  • Georgia Henry by Georgia Henry, Strong
  • 12 years ago

A few months ago I lost a really good friend of mine. His name was Hunter and he was in a wreck. Two more of my friends were in the vehicle with him but they lived. Everyday I wish he was here so I could tell him about what happened this day or that day. I sing and mine and his best friend plays the guitar and I would really love to use this poem as a song for our Hunter. I don't know how to get a hold of the writer but I would love to. Love you forever Hunter. <3

  • Abass by Abass, Yemen
  • 12 years ago

really it touched me ...every time I read it I remember my friend who died in the last June...we have been raised up together...what was between as is bigger and greater than a friendship....many many things have been changed in my life ....and really sometimes I feel like I have got enough of being alive I wanna be there with him ....thank you again ...

  • Amy by Amy, Michigan
  • 13 years ago

On the 6 month anniversary of my boyfriend's suicide I found out another one of my friends died in a car accident.

  • Sami Raie by Sami Raie
  • 13 years ago

This really helped me. Thank you so much for writing this. My friend committed suicide the other day and it has been hard. this helped a lil thanks!

  • Kelky Yan by Kelky Yan, Ptown
  • 14 years ago

My dear friend Rudy was at this place called the Broken Bridge, he drowned when he was tryin to save someone else's life yesterday, July 9,2010 )=

  • Mae by Mae
  • 14 years ago

My close friend passed away 3 weeks ago. She suffered from a aneurysm. It was so sudden. she was about to graduate a day after and tie the knot with her soulmate 3 months later. We barely talked for 3 years because we have this certain issue that hindered our friendship for quite some time. I let my pride get in the way, though she wanted to make amends. We buried the hatchet two months before her death. I have this insane sadness and guilt feeling that doesn't go away. I regret not spending time with her talking to her. this poem I feel like she's talking to me. I just wish I can take it all back and turn back the time for her and me. I just miss her.

  • Unwanted by Unwanted
  • 14 years ago

This reminds me of my best friend who died of cancer and a disease that made his body older then him he was only 12 when he died it was a couple of weeks before Christmas and I miss him so much this poem made me open my eyes

  • Juliette by Juliette
  • 14 years ago

I lost an amazing friend who was a great friend to me when I thought I really didn't have any. Her name was Ally. She died of brain cancer at only 14. It tore through my heart the day I found out. I know exactly how the person who wrote this poem is feeling. But it just reminds me that the loved ones who pass always watch over you in heaven.
R.I.P Ally

  • Sonya by Sonya
  • 14 years ago

This is a beautiful poem. My best friend for 11 years jumped out of my bedroom window two floors high, and died the next morning. I feel guilty because I should never have let go of her hand, I should have held on even more tightly than I was but I couldn't. We all miss her dearly and she was only 14 at the time .. Katie, I love you x

  • Mckaela by Mckaela, Michigan
  • 14 years ago

A dear friend of mine has just died in a car crash a few days ago. The hole in my heart is raw and bleeding but this poem has both healed and tugged at it. She was a beautiful, charismatic, open-minded, selfless, gorgeous and hilarious young woman. At the age of 20 she was too young to die but she lives on in the people who loved her. We all miss her dearly. Beck Lynn Blackburn, may you rest in peace <3

  • 15 years ago

Just wanting to say I have a best friend who only has a short time left and this touched my heart ...Thanks for writing this

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