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. 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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  5. 3. 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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  6. 4. 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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  7. 5. 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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  8. 6. 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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  9. 7. 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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  10. 8. 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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  11. 9. Best Friends

    • By Tsambika Angelidakis
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2007

    It's hard to believe that someone you were so close with is now foreer gone until the day tht you will be reunited in spirit. This is a poem about the death of a friend.

    In A Better Place

    I know you are in a better place,
    But I miss looking at your face.
    You were so young to die.
    Every night I sit and cry,
    Wondering why does it have to be this way.
    It hurts so much because there's nothing I can do or say
    That can make you come back to me.
    There is one thing that's plain to see
    That one day we will be together again,
    But you will always remain my best friend.

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  12. 10. 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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  13. 11. 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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  14. 12. 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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  15. 13. 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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  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. 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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  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. My Only One

    Memories of a deceased. For Miss Regina Madrilejos

    Memories Of A Deceased Friend

    going through our memories
    that's always what I do
    coz that's all you've left me
    just memories of you

    looking at your pictures
    just makes me smile
    coz looking at you
    makes my life worthwhile

    in my dreams, I wish
    that you're always there
    we'll never be apart
    we'll be together forever

    but now I must accept
    that now you are gone
    but in my heart
    you're still my only one

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  20. 18. 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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  21. 19. 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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  22. 20. 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
    that 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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