Some good memorial poems about friends are "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," "Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep" and "When I Am Gone." These poems are contributed by various poets with unique styles to interpret death and grief.
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" is a poem written by poet Dylan Thomas. It is about a man longing for his old friend not to pass away to the other world but instead remain on Earth with him for just a bit longer.
The poem "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" is written by Mary Frye and provides the opposite perspective. It is about a woman who wishes that her friends and loved ones will not weep and mourn at her funeral but instead celebrate her life. A
third poem is titled "When I Am Gone". It is written by an unknown poet and deals with themes similar to those in Mary Frye's work. The poet hopes his friends do not tie him to this Earth with tears and sadness but instead let him go free from burden. He hopes to reach the heavens but still be with his friends and family in spirit.