Loss of a Friend Poems

Loss of a Friend Poems

Tribute Poems on the Loss of a Friend

What are some of the feelings that one might feel when a friend passes away? When someone that is special to us is gone it can be difficult to continue living life. Things that were special to you may begin to seem pointless when you don't have that special person to share it with. All of the things that you did together are reminders of the loss that you have suffered. Do yourself a favor and take the time to mourn your loss. As you go through the five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, memories of the good times you spent together may bring a smile to your face instead of a painful grimace.

53 Poems for When a Good Friend Dies

  1. 1. I Will Miss You

    One of the tragedies of getting old is losing lifelong friends - they really are irreplaceable.

    The Sadness Of Losing A Lifelong Friend

    A fun and loyal friend to me,
    a friendship made to last,
    family ties from long ago,
    shared memories of the past.

    We talked of many things
    we wouldn't tell another soul,
    shared in our joint pleasures,
    gardens, dogs, a gentle stroll.

    You really were a good hostess,
    lovely food, such happy times,
    you never, ever seemed to age,
    great fun when asked to dine.

    Your soft and gentle voice
    easily turned to laughter,
    your kind and caring voice
    comforting when asked for.

    I will miss you day by day,
    I still want to ask you round,
    life will never be the same
    now that you have gone.

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  3. 2. Farewell, My Dear Friend

    I wrote this in tribute to a dear friend I had since high school who suddenly passed away.

    Losing A Close Friend

    I lost a precious part of me
    Where you once dwelled, dear friend.
    A bond that spanned a lifetime
    Came abruptly to an end.

    Will my memories sustain me
    Even now that you have gone?
    Or will your image slowly fade away
    Without your face to gaze upon?

    I will never feel the comfort
    Of your loving, warm embrace.
    You will never make me laugh again
    Until my stomach aches.

    When my heart is feeling lonely,
    You won't answer when I call,
    And when I start to lose my balance,
    You can't catch me if I fall.

    I won't have your voice of reason
    When I start to lose my way
    Or your reassuring words of strength
    When I'm feeling so afraid.

    I will treasure all those good old days,
    All those secrets that we shared,
    So that carefree girl I was with you
    Won't completely disappear.

    I'll hold tightly to your memory
    And forever miss you so.
    But I'll trust that God must need you more,
    And I will gently let you go.

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  5. 3. Memories Of Jan

    I lost a very special friend unexpectedly in October of 2019. Her passing was a tremendous loss in my life. It took me a couple of years to express my thoughts about her in this poem, but it was part of my healing process.

    Memories Of A Special Friend

    Every day you cross my mind in memories that I treasure
    like the times we use to travel and cook and the times we sang together.
    I never got to say goodbye, but I'll never stop talking to you
    and let you know how my day is going and share a memory or two.

    You had such a beautiful life with family and with friends.
    Your love of life brought light to us we hoped would never end.
    Your beauty was beyond compare in kindness and in love,
    and I promise that the love you gave will always be passed on.

    I know you now belong to God, but your love and light remain.
    I know you walk beside me because you're never far away.
    I am trying to live without you and to mend a heart that's grieving
    by filling the sadness in my heart with faith and spiritual healing.

    There is always something there that reminds me so much of you
    and the times we spent together, which were more than just a few.
    You were always the dearest friend who brought out the best in me,
    and you always made me feel I was a part of your family.

    I loved your gentle presence and your warm inviting hugs.
    You were a once in a lifetime friend who was, oh, so very much loved.
    We were making memories to remember when we were having fun.
    Memories that I look back on and remember one by one.

    No one can ever take your place. You were one of a kind.
    You were very special. You're not far from my mind.
    You left so unexpectedly. The loss was beyond tears.
    But I hold on to my faith in God remembering you in my prayers.

    I miss our times together because I smiled a whole lot more.
    You were one of my greatest gifts. You were someone I adored.
    And when you are looking down from the gates of Heaven above,
    know that my memories will keep you forever alive with love.

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  6. 4. Dear Friend

    • By Natalie N. Mattiuzzo-Tugaeff-Rodgers
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2019

    When my best friend died two years ago, it was very hard on me, and it limited me on what I did for fun because I never had fun alone. James was such a bright spirit and so kind. When I lost him, I felt alone and lost, not knowing what to do. After hearing the news, I stayed in my room, didn't eat a whole lot and my life just went black. It was at a time in my life where my parents were fighting and I had nobody to lean on. He was the person I leaned on. I didn't need a boyfriend, I had James.

    Death Of Friend Acrostic Poem

    F- Family wasn't there, but you were.
    R- Remember all that time we spent together?
    I- I am so sad that it had to end like it did.
    E- Even though you're gone, we still talk, just not how we used to.
    N- Never did I tell you how much you really meant to me.
    D- Dear friend, I loved you; now that you're gone, a piece of me is too.
    S- So look down on me, protect me in all that I do.

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  7. 5. Birthdays In Heaven

    • By Meena
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2019

    My friend had a fatal accident and died on the spot five years ago. I know it's a long time, but it still feels like yesterday. This poem serves as a remembrance and celebration of her birthday and a way of praying she never forgets me too.

    Remembering The Birthday Of A Friend Who Passed Away

    I remember the first day we met.
    You were all smiles, always happy.
    This I must say is the saddest birthday yet
    Because I still haven't learned to forget.

    Here I am, sitting all alone,
    Not knowing what to do or what to say,
    Calling every day, hoping you'll pick your phone
    Because I can't believe you left this way.

    You were a damsel, an angel, a shining light,
    A sun at noon and a star at night,
    A mirror of beauty, a golden ray,
    And again, here comes your birthday.

    Here is to wishing you a happy birthday, dear.
    I wish and hope that you will hear
    My heart is aching from trying to comprehend
    How a being so sweet can have a tragic end.

    I hope at least you'll get a birthday card.
    Knowing you're gone still makes me sad.
    Again, happy birthday to a darling friend.
    I'll love you forever till the world's end.

    I'll really like a sign from God
    So that I'll know you can see this word for word,
    So please consider this my special way
    Of wishing you a happy, happy birthday.

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  8. 6. As One

    • By Samantha M. Hann
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2019

    My best friend was murdered this June. She, her mom, and her dog were cruelly taken away. This is for you, Jade. I'll miss you forever.

    Holding Onto Memories After A Friend's Passing

    It's okay to miss you,
    It's okay to cry.
    Just know I'll never forget you.
    This isn't a permanent goodbye.

    Sometimes I sit and wonder
    If you are standing by my side,
    Giving me the courage
    To carry on with pride.

    I'll hold onto our memories,
    Until this life is done.
    In my heart is where I'll store them,
    Where we can be as one.

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  9. 7. Hanging In Tough

    This is about a friend of mine from church. She became ill with cancer. She was taking chemo and radiation, and through her sickness she was such a brave person. She always trusted in God to get her through the rough times.

    Having Faith In God During Tough Times

    A fine lady.
    So gallantly strong,
    She stands for the good,
    The righteous, and God.

    At a small little church she faithfully arrives.
    She walks quietly about as she silently sighs.
    She greets with a hug with outstretched hands.
    "How are you doing today? Glad to see you," she says.

    I gently embrace her and ask, "How are you doing?
    You look pretty today."
    With a sad glow in her eyes, she says,
    "It's been kinda rough,
    But our God's on my side,
    And I'm hanging in tough."

    With a soft smile on her face, she sits in a pew,
    Among family and friends and others she knew.
    She graciously prays with her head slightly bowed,
    Singing God's hymns with a soft whispering sound.

    As she rises to leave, I squeeze her arm and say,
    "You look so beautiful and much better today."
    She speaks with a quick grin as she touches my cheek
    And replies with a voice that's suddenly weak.
    "It's a little rough, but you know me,
    I'm hanging in tough."

    She faithfully arrives at the little church
    One last time.
    She was carried by loved ones
    And friends by her side,
    A bouquet was placed on the pew
    Where she once sat,
    With flowers and ribbons and banner that read:

    God's taking me home.
    His ride won't be rough,
    For my days are all over for me.
    Hanging in tough.

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  10. 8. Goodnight, My Soul

    • By Taryn M. Clark
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2016

    I met my best friend, Duane Nadeau, when I was 16 years old. They say when you meet your soul mate, there is this connection that can't be explained. Duane was born with Cystic Fibrosis of the lungs and pancreas. He was the strongest man I knew, fighting every day to stay with us as long as possible. When he died, the person I was before died with him. He was my heart, my soul, and a part of me that only existed because of him. The love we had will always stay with me. There's a hole that will never be filled.

    Saying Goodbye To Your Best Friend

    Goodnight, my soul; your journey has ended.
    Your struggles have now begun to cease.
    Time to close your eyes to happy dreams
    And wake to eternal peace.

    The road is not so long now.
    No more winding paths,
    Just a silver beam of radiant light
    That will take you home at last.

    Goodnight, my soul; I wish I could have more time.
    I wish I could make you stay.
    It's easier to be that selfish
    Than to deal with this pain every day.

    I don't want you to be afraid.
    Everything will be okay.
    I will stay with you till the end
    And hold your hand as you drift away.

    Goodnight, my soul; I don't want to let go.
    We've been together many years.
    It's hard to see what lies ahead.
    It's blurry through the tears.

    Free from pain, you fight no more.
    That's all we wish for ones we love.
    Take us with you wherever you go
    And protect us from above.

    My love is endless.
    Our two souls are forever entwined.
    There will always be a hollow spot.
    I will miss you until it becomes my time.

    So, goodnight, my soul; tears fall
    As I bid a regrettable farewell.
    One thing will remain honest and true,
    For me, living without you is going to be hell.

    The grief I feel will be as endless as my love for you.
    Until we meet again at those pearly gates...wait for me there.

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  11. 9. The Late August Grieving

    • By Victoria H. Patterson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2016

    I had never felt such loss as I did when a great friend and bright spirit took his own life at 25. This poem was written exactly one year after he passed. The first year felt like a constant cycle of adjusting. Autumn without him, winter without him, none of it feeling quite right. It took all four seasons passing for me to realize that nothing would ever be the same without him, but I would still always see everything a little more beautifully simply thanks to having known him.

    The Way Life Moves On After A Death

    I've always dreaded
    The changes brought by late August.
    The cooling of the air begins again
    And the promise of summer fades,

    But it seems lately the transition
    Is more harrowing than before.
    The earth turns so slowly,
    Yet somehow we've made it back,

    Sitting exactly where it was
    When you left it.
    That year we lost a little more sunshine,
    More of the warm breeze than usual.

    The same light and warmth
    You brought into a room when you entered it.
    Your glow comes back
    From time to time in long stretching beams.

    With the smell of warm green tea
    And the sound of pages turning
    And when I think of how fitting it is
    That you still laugh in my dreams.

    It's taught me that once you've been touched
    By a spirit so bright,
    Loss does not extinguish it,
    But rather tucks it into the darkest corners
    To radiate only when you need it most.

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  12. 10. Do Not Cry

    This poem is about the request my friend had about her death. I took the things she stated that she wanted and wrote this poem.

    Friend's Wishes On How To Be Remembered

    When I leave this world, please do not cry,
    For I have gone up with the spirits in the sky.
    Do not place flowers by my side,
    For I never got them when I was alive.

    Do not dress in fancy clothes;
    Dress as you would if I were at home.
    Play the songs I have requested,
    For this is what I have always wanted.

    Do not say how great I was;
    Keep those memories between us.
    Instead, celebrate the times we have had;
    Remember the good, forget the bad.

    This is my only final request:
    That you do not cry when I am laid to rest.
    Remember that my spirit will be with you.
    I am still going to be there to see you through.

    One last time, do not cry.
    Celebrate my memories and life.
    Keep my memories in your heart,
    For we will never be far apart.

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  13. 11. Everywhere

    • By Tara L. Collacchi
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2016

    This poem is about the feeling of losing someone so close to you. Even though you may not see them physically, they will always be with us!

    Remember Me In Everything Around You

    There was no time to say goodbye.
    But this I ask - please do not cry.
    Remember me as you think best.
    Remember the happy times, but forget the rest.

    Look for me and I'll be there,
    And you will find me everywhere:
    In the gentle touch of the breeze
    That cools the skin or swirls the leaves.

    In the scent and color of flowers
    That gave me such happy hours.
    On sunny days, under sunny skies of blue,
    Just think of me, I'll be with you.

    In winter when there's cloud or mist,
    The rain will give to you my kiss.
    As wood smoke lingers in the air,
    Look for me and I'll be there.

    Where seagulls cry above the sea
    And surf rolls in so endlessly.
    Among towering trees that soar above,
    In all these things that I once loved.

    Look for me and I'll be there.
    You'll feel my presence EVERYWHERE!

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  14. 12. Cancer Stole My Friend

    • By Serena Oritz
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2016

    Ever feel like cancer stole your friend? Ever think if cancer only knew what a great person your friend was, maybe it wouldn't have taken them?

    Poem About Wanting More Time With A Friend

    Cancer took my best friend, don't you see?
    Time was a ticking bomb thrust in me.
    Did black cats traverse my way?
    Did bad luck linger over me day to day?
    If cancer would have examined my heart,
    Would angels be grabbing you to depart?
    If I knew our bond was made of an hour glass,
    I'd pile stacks of love around your heart, make cancer pass
    To give me those last ticking moments and make them exquisite,
    Make our friendship stand on cement for us no longer having to split.
    If cancer had any idea what beauty laid within your soul,
    I can promise it would have seen the glow.
    I saw it the moment we became friends.
    Tick...tick...tock...my heart will burst when time ends.
    Silence began moments ago,
    When a voice said its time to let go.
    No!...please!...no!
    Tick...
    Tick...
    Tock...
    I could not stop the
    Clock...
    Cancer stole my
    Friend.

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  15. 13. Another Day Has Come And Gone

    Today marks the one year death date of my best friend. I miss you so much, Bobby!

    Poem About Life Without Your Best Friend

    Another day has come and gone
    Since the day you left us all alone
    A young man left without finishing his song
    Another day has come and gone

    One whole year since you left us here
    Living in this world of fear
    Without you here to guide us home
    Another day has come and gone

    I cry myself to sleep some nights
    Wishing on a guiding light
    That I could call you on the phone
    Another day has come and gone

    While you spend time with our Lord
    Do not forget your friends down in this world
    And help us understand you're home
    Another day has come and gone

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  16. 14. My Despair

    • By Tiffany S.
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2015

    After going from what we were told was pneumonia to hearing stage 4 cancer, my best friend lost his life after 2 months of us fighting this mean disease together- because I agreed to stay with him and I never left. He never complained and he stayed strong the whole time, vowing never to give up, but his opponent was much too strong. We held hands real tight and took on the biggest fight of his life.

    Poem About Loss Of Friend To Cancer

    Sad eyes
    Long face
    Heavy heart
    Empty space
    Weakened knees
    Frail arms
    Since you've been gone

    You needed me then
    I need you now
    Have to move on
    But not sure how
    Still hear your voice
    And see your smile
    I guess it's okay
    You're cancer-free now


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  17. 15. Just One Thing I Should Have Said

    • By Ciara
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2012

    This is something I should of said to my good friend, but I didn't get the chance as he sadly took his own life. I think about him every day, even dream of him at night!
    There were no signs of what he was going to do.
    I always loved him but never told him so. I just wish I had the chance to say goodbye before he had to go.

    He is a friend to remember,
    A friend I miss so much.
    I think about all the laughter
    And even the times we'd touch.

    I know you know the score now
    As you look down from above.
    You see me full of sorrow
    'Cause so much of you I love.

    I wish I had the chance,
    But you decided you had to go.
    That night you asked me for that dance
    I should have told you so.

    But as every day has passed,
    I can almost feel you near.
    I just always thought you'd forever last
    But now it's you I cannot hear.

    Just one thing I should have said
    While you were still down here,
    But you stepped inside that bloody shed,
    Though I will always hold you near.

    I know to heaven you have been led.
    You're my angel up above,
    But just one thing I should have said.
    It was you I always LOVED.

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  18. 16. Forever In My Heart

    • By Gabi Abbott
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2012

    A poem about my friend. Through everything you are missed.

    I miss your smile,
    I miss your laugh.
    I miss you
    and that happiness you always had.
    One day your smile had faded away,
    I still remember how I felt that day.
    Your warmth and comfort that was always near,
    Your life and joy seamed to disappear.
    You took your last breath
    To end your suffering,
    If I said it hadn't affected me,
    I'd just be bluffing.
    If I could change everything,
    You know I would.
    I would change it for you.
    I know I should,
    But what if the sadness I had infected everyone else?
    What if like a disease it spread all about?
    Maybe I wouldn't do it.
    It would just be greedy.
    I'm sorry if I sound so desperate and needy,.
    You have to see this is hard for me to get through.
    When every friend I had had was you.
    You left me!
    You forgot me!
    Take me with you!
    They say you're in a better place
    And someday I'll be there too.
    I guess I'll wait for that someday.
    I can't do this to someone else,
    Put them through the pain
    That truly doesn't have any gain,
    No matter what they say.
    I want to scream,
    I want to cry,
    I have gotten to low points,
    Where I just want to die.
    But the sad tears are gone,
    Now that the damage is done,
    And all I can do is smile,
    I can remember all of the fun,
    The fun we had when it was just you and me.
    I cry, but they're happy tears
    When I'm looking back on all of our memories.

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  19. 17. Shining Star

    • By Anon
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2012

    To a lovely friend who will be missed forever.

    Beautiful Short Poem For The Death Of A Friend

    The angels looked down from heaven one night.
    They searched for miles afar,
    And deep within the distance
    They could see a shining star.

    They knew that very instant
    That the star was theirs to gain,
    So they took you up to heaven,
    Forever to remain.

    Look down on us from heaven.
    Keep us free from hurt and pain.
    You'll always be within my heart
    Until we meet again.

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  20. 18. Garden Of Memories

    • By David Russell
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2011

    This poem is written in memory of my friend from my scout troop. I hope you never have to experience what it is like to have a friend commit suicide.

    Friend Suicide Poem

    Seeing your body as white as snow,
    One look at your coffin and we already know.

    You didn't have to do it,
    You didn't have to die.

    You could have told us,
    We could have helped you.

    Now we all only have One question,
    WHY?!

    You gave us no warning,
    Not even a delay.

    Not even enough time to say,
    GOODBYE.

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  21. 19. Don't Cry For Me Today

    • By Mercades
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2011

    This is a poem I wrote in memory of Lauren Rhodes. She was one of my good friends. She passed a way in a car wreck not too long ago. I felt like she was whispering these words in my ear.

    In Memory Of A Friend Poem

    Don't cry for me today,
    I wouldn't want it this way.

    Be strong and smile,
    for you will see me in a while.

    I know you miss me,
    but now in Heaven I will be.

    Do not keep your sad face.
    I am in a much better place.

    Do not let your tears fall,
    for I cannot wipe them all.

    Yes, my life wasn't long,
    But I'm begging you to be strong.

    Live every moment as if it were your last.
    I won't forget any memories that have passed.

    Cherish life and love
    as I watch you from above.

    As I remember all of the good things,
    I come to see I have gotten my wings.

    It is time to go and fly.
    As your guardian angel I will try.

    Don't cry for me today.
    I'm on my way.

    Soaring through the sky,
    I watch all of you telling me goodbye.

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  22. 20. When You Bid Me Goodbye

    • By Kathrine Yee Baraquia
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2011

    This is poem for friend who left me... A response to my other poem When a Friend Bids Goodbye.

    Friendship is the most precious thing in this world. It is next to family, sometimes the people we consider family. Friends sometimes fall for other, they love with no conditions, they give expecting nothing in return. Just presence and company is enough. A true friend never rarely says good bye, and if they do, it would be death that would cause them to be so far apart.

    In my bed, I lie awake,
    And still thinking.
    What could have been,
    If you were still here,
    With me tonight?

    I know it could have been better,
    Seeing you right in front of me,
    Knowing you're still alive.

    But this is life.
    No one stays forever,
    May it be fate,
    Or just a change of heart.

    I don't want to let go, and you felt it,
    When you left me, it was hard.
    The moment you stopped breathing,
    I was down on my knees for the first time.

    I kept praying, begging God,
    To make you live again.
    But how could I stop you?
    When you are in a better place now.

    I will never stop believing,
    That you still think of me tonight.
    You're the type of friend,
    Who keeps promises in his heart.

    In heaven, I trust,
    You're still the friend I know.
    I know you remember my name,
    When I call out on yours.
    I know you still smile and laugh,
    When I crack jokes the wrong way.
    And sometimes I smile too when I think of your name.

    Someday, when it's my time,
    It will be just like before.
    That's the time when we no longer,
    Have to face goodbyes anymore.
    Friends in the distance,
    and through time, we'll still be.
    I love you too, please do believe me,
    Hear the words I once hid.

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