Death Of A Friend Sayings and Quotes

The death of a friend can feel like losing a limb. Although we’ll always keep them close to our hearts and time will do its best to dull the pain, a piece is missing. While losing a friend is devastating, cherish the good times and memories you shared together to help navigate the grief. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and inspirational death of a friend quotes, sayings, and proverbs to get through tough times.

On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world.     

Henry David Thoreau

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.     

John Taylor

We go to the grave of a friend saying, "A man is dead," but angels throng about him saying, "A man is born."     

Henry Ward Beecher

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.     

Robert Southey

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.     

David Hume

I had often heard people speak of burying a part of themselves with some friend, parent, or spouse; but I never had cause to reflect upon the truth hidden in what sounded like a maudlin cliché. Life goes on, right? Of course it does. But when you lose somebody who remembers you and what you were in fifth grade, you do bury a part of your life, a part of your history.     

Harold Ivan Smith

Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, Advanced a stage or two upon that road Which you must travel in the steps they trod.     


The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.     


There's a thing that keeps surprising you about stormy old friends after they die; their silence.     

Ben Becht

Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.     

Terri Guillemets

The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb.     

German Proverb

Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.     

Flavia Weedn

You cannot stop loving your friend because he's dead, especially if he was better than anyone alive, you know?     

Jerome Salinger

It hurts when you lose a friend to death, it hurts even more when you lose a friend still living.     

C. J. Tulli

When our friends are alive, we see the good qualities they lack; dead, we remember only those they possessed.     

J. Petit-Senn

Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone.     

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct repsonse to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile.     

Julie Burchill

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal--every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open--this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.     

Washington Irving

For precious friends hid in death's dateless night.     

William Shakespeare

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

A friend dies or leaves us: we feel as if a limb was cut off.     

Thomas Jefferson

Till the first friend dies, we think ecstasy impersonal, but then discover that he was the cup from which we drank it, itself as unknown.     

Emily Dickinson

Don't be surprised if you grieve more for a friend than you did for a recently deceased relative. The old saying, 'You pick your friends, relatives are thrust upon you,' holds true here. Friends are special people in our eyes because we hold them to be. Friends fill time in our lives that will be vacant when they die.     

Helen Fitzgerald

Once I attended memorial services; now I plan and give them, each service smaller than the one that preceded it. At each, grief washes over me like a wave; then time passes and I struggle up to breathe again, but lonelier now--another swimming companion has been left behind.     

Fenton Jones

A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.     

Gustave Flaubert

This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.     

William Shakespeare

True friends are the ones who never leave your heart, even if they leave your life for a while. Even after years apart, you pick up with them right where you left off, and even if they die they're never dead in your heart.     


Even the best of friends cannot attend each other's funeral.     

Kehlog Albran

He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry