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. 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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  3. 2. 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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  5. 3. 1 Year Anniversary

    • By Laura
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2011

    Dedicated to my best friend who was in a terrible accident almost a year ago at the age of 23 which unknown to us at the time would eventually kill him 4 weeks later. I miss him, almost more now then I did at the beginning. He was the best friend I could have ever wished for and hope he's happy now and at rest. Laura xx

    The way I miss you is different now, I don't think about forever I just don't know how.
    I miss your face, your laugh and your smile, It seems like a lifetime, though its just been a while

    Its been a year since I heard the news that Oh so terrible day.
    I never thought id lose you 'I'm not going anywhere' I'd heard you say.

    But you did, your gone... there's no getting you back.
    At Least I have my memories..of which I know for sure there is no lack!

    I miss you so much, there's still a void in my heart.
    I just wish we could have lived our lives not ever having to be apart.
    I've given up wishing you'd come back to fill this hole.
    You put it there a year ago when your body left your soul.

    I know your gone I just wish I'd known.
    So that the last time I spoke with you I could have kept you on the phone.
    I'd have told you how much I loved you and how forever I'd know your smile.
    And how I didn't think I could live without you.. not even for a while.

    Although your gone and out of sight your definitely not out of mind.
    You've flown away and not through choice you left us all behind.

    I hope you know we still think of you and how much you meant to us.
    And how you made me feel the way that now your gone...no-one else does.

    It's been a year and it's safe to say, I still think about you everyday, I might not hope or even pray I just love and miss you in my own special way ...
    (My best friend forever you will always stay.)

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  6. 4. 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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  7. 5. Who Would You Be Today?

    This poem was written a few days after my best friend died. It has now been 7 months and the guy stays on my mind all day. I love you Bobby!!!

    Pain Of Losing A Best Friend

    Could you imagine a pain so deep down inside
    That it can not be summarized in words you simply can write
    A pain that touches your toes and up to the top of the ceiling
    You can't eat, you can't sleep, that is the pain that I am feeling
    But my father raised a boy that can stand on his own
    But these different circumstances has got me feeling alone
    All the doctors and the nurses say you're dead and you're gone
    But it still feels like I could talk to you if I picked up the phone
    You can't fix a broken window you just replace the pane.
    But there is no pain great enough to replace your face
    With my eyes matted shut from the tears that I slept on
    I thank God for the pictures and your voice on my cell phone.
    But please, while you are awed in the mist of the Lord
    Don't forget all your friends and time spent on this world.
    I will never have a friend like you ever again.
    My heart is a vault now, I'm scared to let people in.
    No matter how many oceans or rivers I cry
    My heart will never let you go, I'll never say good bye.
    A lot of my hours are now spent in the place where you lay
    As I sit crying, wondering, who would you be today.

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  8. 6. 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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  9. 7. 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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  10. 8. My Best Friend Natalie

    • By Staci J. Selke
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2007

    The time that you spend with a friend is never lost for it forever lives on in you.

    I sit around and wonder
    and watch the days go by.
    I look at all the pictures
    and ask, why did you have to die?

    You've always been there for me,
    because you were my best friend,
    and I was always there for you
    until the very end.

    But now it's time to let you go.
    Your spirit now is free,
    even though you won't really be gone,
    because you'll live inside of me.

    So when we have to leave you
    at your resting place,
    I will always remember
    your smiling, beautiful face.

    This is hardly a goodbye,
    so I won't weep anymore,
    because now you're in better place
    than you ever were before.

    Even though I will miss you,
    and I'll think about you every day,
    you'll always be my best friend,
    and that's all I have to say.

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  11. 9. Goodbye Allen

    • By Sandy
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2009

    This poem is about my best friend and brother Allen Glodo that died on August 1st. Ever since then, everything with me has gone to hell and I made this for him a while ago, I just didn't have the time to put it up. May Allen rest in peace! :'(

    Rest In Peace

    Everyday I stare at your picture,
    the vivid look on your smiling face,
    tears fall on that picture,
    as I sit there, tears falling on my tear stained cheeks.

    you died at such a young age,
    why did it have to happen to you,
    you were my best friend, my brother,
    and I never get to see you again.

    it was a horrible accident,
    that car taking you away from me,
    that feeling in my heart knowing,
    just knowing that you were drifting away from me.

    When I heard you died,
    my heart broke in two,
    I couldn't breathe,
    my body was shutting down.

    That day I saw you,
    your body was cold, your face white,
    as white as a ghost.
    I held back on the tears, till the ceremony began.

    When I went to that podium with your fiancée,
    the tears were in her eyes as I held her hand,
    tears falling fast on my cheeks,
    faster than a waterfall in the forests.

    I sat down when she was done,
    I couldn't say anything,
    I buried my face in my hands and sobbed,
    the last words in my heart said, "goodbye Allen"

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  12. 10. 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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  13. 11. I Will Forever Miss You

    • By Nicole Kooienga
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2008

    My best friend Josh got into a car accident on June 29, 2006. He was my best friend, and I miss him so much. Here's a poem just for you, Josh. I love you buddy.

    Death Of Best Friend Poem

    You always put a smile on my face,
    no matter how mad I was.
    All I had to do was call you and you would make everything better.
    The day that I heard that you were taken from us, my heart broke.
    I dropped down to my knees and cried and cried.
    All I wanted was for one more day with you.
    As I sit here at your grave looking at your picture.,
    All I want to do is hug you and laugh with you and play basketball with you.
    I miss you so much; we all do,
    and when you died,
    the whole town felt the pain.
    You were only 16 years old.
    You didn't deserve to die.
    You wanted to get married and go to college,
    Have babies and have a family.
    You've been gone for a year now, and I miss you like hell.
    I think about you every day.
    It's getting easier,
    but every time I look at your picture or pull out the scrapbook, my eyes start to water.
    I will never forget you,
    Joshua Craig Harris.
    I love you and miss you,
    but I know that you're in heaven
    looking over all of us.
    I can't wait until I get to see you again.

    In Loving Memory of Joshua Craig Harris
    11-21-89 to 6-29-06 forever young

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  14. 12. 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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  15. 13. Since The Loss Of You

    • By Tiffany
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008

    This poem is a dedication to RTB and NAB...two of the greatest people ever brought to this Earth. They both died too young and never had a chance to see what life could bring. Ryan, just 16, died in the car accident we were in on August 12, 2007. Weeks later, Nicole, my cousin, only 17, battled cancer. She passed away 13 days after her 18th birthday. Her last wish was to be home for Christmas, and I guess she really was home...RIP. In loving memory...

    Since the loss of you,
    I've learned to live for each day
    And take it as a blessing,
    Knowing it may not always be this way.

    Since the loss of you,
    I've learned that when everything goes wrong
    To never give up on what is right
    Because it can only make you strong.

    Since the loss of you,
    I've learned that even when you're in a lot of pain
    You've got to hold yourself together
    So you won't feel like you're going insane.

    Since the loss of you,
    I've learned how to hold the tears when I want to cry
    Because all I have is memories
    And just want to ask God why.

    But mostly, since the loss of you,
    I've learned a life can be taken in the blink of an eye
    And only Heaven really knows when
    That person will have to say "Goodbye."

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  16. 14. 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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  17. 15. Death Of My Friends

    • By Cindy Blake
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2009

    I wrote this poem for a friend, ex-boyfriend who was murdered in 2002. In the past 6 weeks, I have lost 2 of my very closest friends. Kathleen and Philip. The both were in their 30's and both left children behind. Both deaths, although unrelated, were very sudden and unexpected. When I wrote the poem, I thought about "I should have", "Why didn't I just..." and "What if...". I have some of those feelings with the recent deaths of my friends. I want people to realize, don't wait until it's too late...

    A Blue Jay landed on my fence post today
    such a beautiful sight in a world of gray

    I couldn't pull my eyes away, and then I thought of you
    and all of the love and all of the things
    that you never knew

    Then I thought of me and all the things I can never change
    my heart fell into pieces
    my tears fell down like rain

    I never said I love you, I can't erase that from my mind
    I would tell you that again and again
    if I could see you one more time

    I'm sorry for any pain I caused and for my selfishness
    But now you're gone and it's too late to say these words I guess

    I felt a breeze and at that time the Blue Jay flew away
    I heard a whisper in the wind, "don't worry, everything will be ok"

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  18. 16. Birthday At The Grave

    • By Sarah Griem
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2009

    this is for my friend that died in a car crash.
    I love you, Olivia.

    I know I haven't visited you
    Since the day you were buried
    And I just want to say I'm sorry.
    But I just still can't believe you're gone,
    And it's getting more real each day.
    The crash seems like yesterday.
    Although I know it's been quiet some time.
    It's almost your birthday.
    Don't worry, I haven't forgotten.
    I already got you a gift but
    it's just something small.
    I'm going to visit you and unwrap it by your side.
    Then scrap up some dirt, and place it in the earth.
    Next to it I'll place a picture,
    Of us and the team at the pool.
    And when you see them,
    I hope you know that I still miss you.
    And not a single day goes by that I don't wish you were here.

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  19. 17. I Will See You Again

    • By Hannah Murphy
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2011

    A very dear friend of mine died at the age of 21 in a horrible car accident and was not sure that he went to heaven so my friend one night had a dream in which he appeared in it and said that he was OK and that inspired me to right this. R.I.P Elden Keith Cox J.R

    I pray every night I could see you one last time
    I look in the clouds as if for a sign
    I got to sleep crying, I wish you were here
    But there in my dreams you once will appear
    That beautiful smile I see on your face
    Assures my heart your in a better place
    I knew you were special but not just to me
    How so many people loved you was clearly to see
    The day you were taken my heart was so broken
    I knew there were words I should have not left unspoken
    I miss you so much but I know you understand
    I cant wait for the day I get to hold your hand
    As we walk down the road that is paved with gold
    We will hear all the stories we were once told
    And there we will see Him. so beautiful and strong
    And we will know this is where we finally belong
    So soon I will be there and I know you will wait
    As you take my arm through the pearly gates
    But till then I will keep my head high and know it will be OK
    Until we can be together again one day

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  20. 18. Time Is Meant To Heal

    • By Kim Thompson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    It has been four years since the death of my best friend, and it doesn't get easier. This deals with the pain after several years.

    Although unheard, I thank you
    For always being there.
    Even when you were bedridden,
    You always seemed to care.

    You meant so much to all of us;
    You were special and that's no lie.
    You brightened up the darkest day
    And even the greyest sky.

    Many tears I have seen and cried.
    They have all poured out like rain.
    I know that you are happy now
    'Cause you're no longer in pain.

    Four years on, I remember you
    And what you used to say.
    You made each of us smile
    And live to the fullest each day.

    They say in time it gets easier.
    I believe this isn't true
    Because even after all this time,
    I still don't have a clue.

    I was not ready to say goodbye.
    Your disease just over took,
    So on this day we remember you.
    I take a second look.

    Our friendship is forever.
    Until death, did we part.
    Although you're away physically,
    You're always in my heart.

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  21. 19. When A Friend Bids Goodbye

    • By Kathrine Yee Baraquia
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    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...

    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... 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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  22. 20. In Heaven

    • By Jo
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2007

    A very close friend of mine has recently taken his life. This poem is something I wrote for his mother who I have grown up with, or should I say, watched me grow up.

    Up in heaven,
    They have someone new

    At those gates,
    He'll be waiting for you

    Not just now,
    We need you here

    We'll all help you through
    Each and every tear

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