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Happy memories intertwine with great sorrow and heartache at the death of a mother. There are no words that can express the soul-shaping grace of a mother’s love, but you have to choose some words to honor Mom — after all, paying tribute with words is what a funeral or celebration of life is all about.

If anything can begin to express the precious gift that your mother was for you, the prime place that she held in your life, it would be poetry.

We’ve carefully curated some of the best funeral readings which you can use in the funeral program or during the service itself.

Here are over 40 of the most beautiful funeral poems for Mom, to help you shape the service and provide a wonderful tribute to the woman who always occupied that most special part of your life.

10 Beloved Funeral Poems for Mom

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We’ll begin with some of the best funeral poems for Mom that celebrate her love and help others see how she was one of life’s best gifts to you.

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1. We Had a Wonderful Mother

We had a wonderful mother,

One who never really grew old;

Her smile was made of sunshine,

And her heart was solid gold;

Her eyes were as bright as shining stars,

And in her cheeks fair roses you see.

We had a wonderful mother,

And that’s the way it will always be.

But take heed, because

She’s still keeping an eye on all of us,

So let’s make sure

She will like what she sees.


2. Dreams

I dream that you come and sit by me

And you hold my hand and ruff my hair;

Your eyes shine with a sweet delight

That I used to see so often there.

Then my heart is filled with a hallowed love

And I know t’is but a little way

To the spirit land, and I know that I

Shall meet you there some glad sweet day.

Alan L Strang

3. The Magic of a Mother’s Touch

There’s magic in a Mother’s touch,

and sunshine in her smile.

There’s love in everything she does

to make our lives worthwhile.

We can find both hope and courage

Just by looking in her eyes.

Her laughter is a source of joy,

her works are warm and wise.

There is a kindness and compassion

to be found in her embrace,

and we see the light of heaven

shining from a Mother’s face.


4. Do Not Stand at My Grave & Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there, I do not sleep.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there, I did not die!

Mary Frye

5. Rock Me To Sleep

Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,

Mother, O Mother, my heart calls for you!

Many a summer the grass has grown green,

Blossomed and faded, our faces between:

Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain,

Long I tonight for your presence again.

Elizabeth Akers Allen

6. Full of Grace

Her mem’ry does remain;

Her suff’ring now is gain:

She lived a life so full of grace

This world cannot contain.


7. Funeral Hymn

Dust unto dust,

To this all must;

The tenant hath resign’d

The faded form To waste and worm

Corruption claims her kind.

Through paths unknown

Thy soul hath flown,

To seek the realms of woe,

Where fiery pain

Shall purge the stain

Of actions done below.

In that sad place,

By Mary’s grace,

Brief may thy dwelling be

Till prayers and alms,

And holy psalms,

Shall set the captive free.

Waler Scott

8. Joy in Heav’n

The sun, the moon, and all the stars:

These will always come around,

To remind me of sweet times of ours

And the joy in heav’n she’s found.


9. Only One Mother

You can only have one mother

Patient kind and true;

No other friend in all the world,

Will be the same to you.

When other friends forsake you,

To mother you will return,

For all her loving kindness,

She asks nothing in return.

As we look upon her picture,

Sweet memories we recall,

Of a face so full of sunshine,

And a smile for one and all.

Sweet Jesus, take this message,

To our dear mother up above;

Tell her how we miss her,

And give her all our love.


10. Death

Mourn not, my friends, that we are growing old:

A fresher birth brings every new year in.

Years are Christ’s napkins to wipe off the sin.

See now, I’ll be to you an angel bold!

My plumes are ruffled, and they shake with cold,

Yet with a trumpet-blast I will begin.

—Ah, no; your listening ears not thus I win!

Yet hear, sweet sisters; brothers, be consoled:—

Behind me comes a shining one indeed;

Christ’s friend, who from life’s cross did take him down,

And set upon his day night’s starry crown!

Death, say’st thou? Nay—thine be no caitiff creed!—

A woman-angel! see—in long white gown!

The mother of our youth!—she maketh speed.

George Cooper

Funeral Poems for Mom from Daughters

These particular funeral poems for Mom can give voice to a daughter’s heart toward her mother.

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11. Only One Mother

Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,

Hundreds of shells on the shore together,

Hundreds of birds that go singing by,

Hundreds of birds in the sunny weather.

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,

Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,

Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,

But only one mother the wide world over.

George Cooper

12. Away

I cannot say and I will not say

That she is dead, she is just away.

With a cheery smile and a wave of hand

She has wandered into an unknown land;

And left us dreaming how very fair

Its needs must be, since she lingers there.

And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn

From the old-time step and the glad return-

Think of her faring on, as dear

In the love of there, as the love of here

Think of her still the same way, I say;

She is not dead, she is just away.

James Whitcomb Riley

13. As We Look Back

As we look back over time

We find ourselves wondering…

Did we remember to thank you enough

For all you have done for us?

For all the times you were by our sides

To help and support us…

To celebrate our successes

To understand our problems

And accept our defeats?

Or for teaching us by your example,

The value of hard work, good judgment,

Courage and integrity?

We wonder if we ever thanked you

For the sacrifices you made.

To let us have the very best?

And for the simple things

Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?

If we have forgotten to show our

Gratitude enough for all the things you did,

We’re thanking you now.

And we are hoping you knew all along,

How much you meant to us.


14. I Hold It True

I hold it true, whate’er befall;

I feel it, when I sorrow most;

‘Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

15. There Are No Tears

There are no tears in heaven, nor grief of any kind

I leave this final tear drop to those I left behind

Though absent from the body I’m present with the Lord

The joy of my salvation is now my full reward.


Funeral Poems for Mothers from Sons

The following verses offer a beautiful way for sons to express what Mom meant to them.

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16. Gone

Another hand is beckoning us,

Another call is given;

And glows once more with Angel-steps

The path which reaches Heaven.

Our young and gentle friend, whose smile

Made brighter summer hours,

Amid the frosts of autumn time

Has left us with the flowers.

John Greenleaf Whittier

17. When The Long Day Has Faded

When the long day has faded to its end,

The flowers gone, and all the singing done,

And there is no companion left save Death –

Ah! there is one,

Though in her grave she lies this many a year,

Will send a violet made of her blue eyes,

A flowering whisper of her April breath,

Up through the sleeping grass to comfort me,

And in the April rain her tears shall fall.

Richard Le Gallienne

18. The Reading Mother

I had a Mother who read me the things

That wholesome life to the boy heart brings—

Stories that stir with an upward touch,

Oh, that each mother of boys were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold;

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be—

I had a Mother who read to me.

Strickland Gillilan

19. Mother o’ Mine

If I were hanged on the highest hill,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

I know whose love would follow me still,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

If I were drowned in the deepest sea,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

I know whose tears would come down to me,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

If I were damned of body and soul,

I know whose prayers would make me whole,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

Rudyard Kipling

20. Made This World So Fair

If God hath made this world so fair

Where sin and death abound,

How beautiful beyond compare

Will paradise be found.

James Montgomery

Related: How To Write A Tribute To A Mother Who Passed Away

Best Scripture for Loss of a Mother

These Bible verses offer a poetic, inspired tribute to the woman whose life was defined by her unwavering faith in Christ.

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21. John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

22. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus

23. Psalm 48:14

For this God is our God forever and ever.

He will be our guide even to death.

24. Proverbs 31:31

Give her of the fruit of her hands!

Let her works praise her in the gates!

25. Psalm 71:18-23

Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, don’t forsake me,

until I have declared your strength to the next generation,

your might to everyone who is to come.

God, your righteousness also reaches to the heavens.

You have done great things.

God, who is like you?

You, who have shown us many and bitter troubles,

you will let me live.

You will bring us up again from the depths of the earth.

Increase my honor

and comfort me again.

I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God.

I sing praises to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.

My lips shall shout for joy!

My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!

More: The 50 Best Bible Verses for Funerals

Short Funeral Poems for Mothers

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26. Dearest Mum

Memories unfold as we think of you,

A real mum, through and through.

You suffered in silence everyday,

An illness that would not go away.

But now you have no more pain

For God’s loving arms have healed you again.


27. Funeral Hymn

No terror has death, or the grave,

To those who believe in the Lord—

We know the Redeemer can save,

And lean on the faith of his word;

While ashes to ashes, and dust

We give unto dust, in our gloom,

The light of salvation, we trust,

Is hung like a lamp in the tomb.

George Pope Morris

28. Mother In Heaven

If roses grow in Heaven, Lord,

Please pick a bunch for me.

Place them in my Mother’s arms

And tell her they’re from me.

Tell her that I love and miss her,

And when she turns to smile,

Place a kiss upon her cheek,

And hold her for a while.

Because remembering her is easy,

I do it everyday,

But there’s an ache within my heart

That will never go away.


29. Felt With The Heart

The best and most beautiful

Things in the world cannot

Be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller

30. Wonderful Mother

God made a wonderful mother,

A mother who never grows old;

He made her smile of the sunshine.

And He moulded her heart of pure gold;

In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,

In her cheeks fair roses you see;

God made a wonderful mother,

And He gave that dear mother to me.


Related: Best Sympathy Quotes for Loss of Mother

Beautiful Memorial Poems for Loving Mothers

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31. I Never Saw Your Wings

How is it that I never saw your wings

when you were here with me?

When you closed your eyes and soared

to the Heavens I could hear the

faint flutter of your wings as you left.

Your body no longer on this side

your spirit here eternally I see your halo shine.

I close my eyes and see the multi-colored wings

surround me in my saddest moments and my happiest times.

Mother my angel God has given you your assignment

always my mother forever my angel.

You fly into my dreams and when I am asleep

I feel your wings brush against my face wiping away

the tears I shed since I can no longer hold

you in my arms but in my heart.

You earned those wings dear mother

and you will always be me angel eternal.


32. The Harp of Broken Strings

A stranger in a stranger land,

Too calm to weep, too sad to smile,

I take my harp of broken strings,

A weary moment to beguile;

And tho no hope its promise brings,

And present joy is not for me,

Still o’er that harp I love to bend,

And feel its broken melody

With all my shattered feelings blend.

John Rollin Ridge

33. If I Should Go

If I should go tomorrow

It would never be goodbye,

For I have left my heart with you,

So don’t you ever cry.

The love that’s deep within me,

Shall reach you from the stars,

You’ll feel it from the heavens,

And it will heal the scars.


34. All Is Well

Death is nothing at all,

I have only slipped into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name,

Speak to me in the easy way which you always used

Put no difference in your tone,

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed


Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household world that it always was,

Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.

It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,

Just around the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland

35. Gone From Us

Gone from us that smiling face,

The cheerful pleasant ways,

The heart that won so many friends,

In bygone, happy days.

A life made beautiful by kindly deeds,

A helping hand for others’ needs.

To a beautiful life,

Comes a happy end,

She died as she lived,

Everyone’s friend.


36. In Memory of My Mother

I do not think of you lying in the wet clay

Of a Monaghan graveyard; I see

You walking down a lane among the poplars

On your way to the station, or happily

Going to second Mass on a summer Sunday–

You meet me and you say:

‘Don’t forget to see about the cattle —‘

Among your earthiest words the angels stray.

And I think of you walking along a headland

Of green oats in June,

So full of repose, so rich with life —

And I see us meeting at the end of a town

On a fair day by accident, after

The bargains are all made and we can walk

Together through the shops and stalls and markets

Free in the oriental streets of thought.

O you are not lying in the wet clay,

For it is harvest evening now and we

Are piling up the ricks against the moonlight

And you smile up at us — eternally.

Patrick Kavanagh

37. Shall Last Eternally

O how glorious and resplendent,

fragile body, shalt thou be,

when endued with so much beauty,

full of health and strong and free,

full of vigor, full of pleasure

that shall last eternally.

Thomas á Kempis

38. For All The Times

For all the times you gently picked me up,

When I fell down,

For all the times you tied my shoes

And tucked me into bed,

Or needed something

But put me first instead.

For everything we shared,

The dreams, the laughter,

And the tears,

I love you with a Special Love

That deepens every year.

Thank You Mom


39. Dirge

Boys and girls that held her dear,

Do your weeping now;

All you loved of her lies here.

Brought to earth the arrogant brow,

And the withering tongue

Chastened; do your weeping now.

Sing whatever songs are sung,

Wind whatever wreath,

For a playmate perished young,

For a spirit spent in death.

Boys and girls that held her dear,

All you loved of her lies here.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

40. A Dead Friend III

Dear in death, thou hast thy part

Yet in life, to cheer

Hearts that held thy gentle heart


Time and chance may sear

Hope with grief, and death may part

Hand from hand’s clasp here:

Memory, blind with tears that start,

Sees through every tear

All that made thee, as thou art,


Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bonus: My Mother Kept a Garden

My Mother kept a garden, a garden of the heart.

She planted all the good things that gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine; encouraged me to dream;

Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rain came, she protected me enough;

But not too much because she knew I would stand strong and tough.

Her constant good example well taught me right from wrong:

Markers for my pathway that will last a lifetime long.

I am my Mother’s garden; I am her legacy.

And I hope she feels great love, reflected back from me.


More: 101 Popular Funeral Poems

How & When to Use Poetry in Your Mother’s Service

Memorial poetry can be a beautiful element to add to your mother’s funeral or life celebration service. The right words have an indefinable ability to express emotion, evoking a nostalgic sense of yearning along or perhaps a comforting feeling that everything is all right — or even, somehow, both of those things at the same time.

So if you’ve found the perfect funeral poem for your mom, you will certainly want to include it as part of the memorial. Here are some suggestions on how you can incorporate a poetry reading into the funeral service.

Welcome. Open the service with a short funeral poem that suits your mother and sets the tone for the service.

Eulogy. A beautiful poem will complement the narrative elements of the eulogy, and a word or phrase from the reading can often serve as a motif as you are writing the eulogy.

Open mic. Set aside a time for friends and family members to share memories, stories, prayers, and readings. Select a lovely poem to read, or ask someone to read it for you, and encourage everyone to participate.

Transitions. Use any interlude or transition time as an opportunity to include your poetry selections. This can be a wonderful way to include people in the service who may not want to speak extemporaneously.

Closing. Bring the memorial service to a close by reading a stirring or celebratory poem in loving memory of your mother. Then be sure and provide instructions for the committal or reception, whichever comes next.

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Daniel has been working in the funeral industry since 2010, speaking directly to grieving families as they made funeral arrangements.

He began researching and publishing funeral articles on this website as part of his role as product and marketing manager at Urns Northwest.

Having written hundreds of articles and growing the site to multiple millions of views per year, Daniel continues to write while providing editorial oversight for US Urns Online’s content team.


As someone deeply entrenched in the funeral industry with years of experience, I understand the delicate nature of commemorating a loved one's life, especially a mother. Crafting a tribute that captures the essence of a mother's love requires a careful selection of words and sentiments. I have had the privilege of assisting grieving families in choosing meaningful readings, including poetry, to honor their loved ones.

The article you've shared eloquently addresses the complex emotions tied to the loss of a mother, acknowledging the intertwining of happy memories and profound sorrow. The author rightly emphasizes the power of words in paying tribute during a funeral or celebration of life. Here, I'll provide insights into the concepts and themes used in the funeral poems shared in the article:

  1. Love and Grace of a Mother:

    • The poems vividly express the enduring love and grace of a mother.
    • Imagery of a mother's smile made of sunshine, heart of gold, and bright eyes conveys warmth and affection.
    • The recurring theme is the everlasting impact a mother has on her child's life.
  2. Nature and Tranquility:

    • Several poems draw on natural elements, such as winds, stars, sunshine, and rain, symbolizing the eternal connection between the living and the departed.
    • "Rock Me To Sleep" and "Do Not Stand at My Grave & Weep" use nature to convey a sense of continuity and spiritual presence.
  3. Dreams and Remembrance:

    • "Dreams" and "I Hold It True" touch on the theme of dreams as a means of connecting with the departed.
    • Memories and dreams become a source of comfort, keeping the bond alive even after death.
  4. Heavenly Imagery:

    • The concept of heaven is beautifully woven into several poems, suggesting a serene afterlife.
    • "Joy in Heav’n" and "If roses grow in Heaven" evoke images of a blissful existence beyond.
  5. Loss and Longing:

    • Poems like "Gone" and "Away" express the longing for the departed, emphasizing that they are not truly gone but merely away.
    • The sentiment is that love transcends physical separation.
  6. Mother-Daughter/Son Relationship:

    • Poems tailored for daughters and sons capture the unique bonds between a mother and her children.
    • "Only One Mother" and "I Hold It True" speak to the profound impact mothers have on their children's lives.
  7. Biblical and Spiritual References:

    • Some poems incorporate biblical verses, providing a spiritual context to the mourning process.
    • Verses like John 11:25-26 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 offer solace rooted in Christian faith.
  8. Memories and Legacy:

    • The poems emphasize the enduring nature of memories and the lasting legacy a mother leaves behind.
    • "My Mother Kept a Garden" beautifully symbolizes a mother's nurturing role in shaping her child's life.
  9. Acceptance and Hope:

    • Poems like "Death" and "All Is Well" convey a sense of acceptance and hope, reassuring mourners that there is peace beyond the earthly realm.

These poetic expressions serve as a heartfelt way to honor a mother's life, capturing the essence of love, loss, and the enduring impact of a mother's presence.

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