67 Loss of Mother Quotes (Personal, Powerful, and Poignant)

Neve Spicer
Written by Neve Spicer Updated on February 10th, 2022

Mother’s Day follows the first blooms of spring, a season of new life and new beginnings. However, for those who have lost their mother, the second Sunday in May may be difficult.

It may be tough to watch your friends, relatives, and even strangers rejoice on Mother’s Day knowing that your own mother has died and you are unable to do the same.

We recognize how difficult and distressing it is to celebrate Mother’s Day without a mother, which is why we’ve compiled a list of powerfully moving loss of mother quotes.

Losing a mother is one of the deepest sadnesses a heart can know, but some of these inspirational musings about motherhood may help you remember with joy the most important woman in your life.

Quotes for mothers who passed away

A mother’s love lasts forever in her children. Even after she has passed away, she is still in her children’s hearts and souls. And while you may

If you’re unsure how to convey your emotions after your mother passes away, check out these beautiful missing mom quotes. Amid overwhelming grief, they may just help put words to some of what is going on for you.

  1. “A mother loves without expecting anything in return. She gives without expecting anyone to be grateful for it… All her life she wakes up every morning and does everything all over again.” – Debasish Mridha
  2. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.” Washington Irving 
  4. “Mom sometimes I wish you could come back, but I don’t want you to suffer again. I know you are with me and I will always love and miss you with all my heart. Until we meet again!” Unknown
  5.  “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” – José N. Harris
  6. “A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” Unknown
  7. “When I was little, I used to think that my mom could do anything. And when she told me something, it always came true. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized what a superwoman you are! Happy Mother’s Day MOM!!” –Unknown
  8. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” James O’Barr
  9. “You were my strength when I was weak. You were my voice when I couldn’t speak. You were my eyes when I couldn’t see. You saw the best there was in me, and brought out the best in me.” – Unknown
  10. “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” – Helen Keller
  11. “I feel like a candle that has been lit but can not be seen; it is there, but no one knows it is there; like the light under a bed-stand. But this candle can be seen and felt by everyone who has lost someone they love.” – Unknown
  12. “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” – Irish Proverb
  13. “I think of you when I see my children sleeping sweetly or playing happily in their room. You are always with me through them. Thank you for the wonderful job you did as a mother.” – Unknown
  14. “There is no death, daughter. People only die when we forget them,’ my mother explained shortly before she left me. ‘If you can remember me, I will be with you always.’” – Isabel Allende
  15. “Mama, I think of all the things we’ve been through and who would have thought they’d lead me to this day? You are an amazing woman and without your guidance in my life, there is no doubt that I wouldn’t be where I am today! Happy Mother’s Day to my hero!” – Unknown
  16. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” – Barbara Johnson
  17. “A mother’s love is patient, a mother’s love is kind. It does not envy others or boast of its own gifts. A mother’s love is never rude or selfish. A mother may worry about her children but she always trusts them.” Unknown
  18. “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” Eskimo legend
  19. “My mother is my root, my foundation… She planted the seed. I am what it produced.” – Maya Angelou
  20. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a while, but their hearts forever.” – Unknown

Quotes for a son missing his mother

The bond between mother and son is one of the strongest in nature. It can anchor a boy within a scary and confusing world.

A mother is always there to encourage her son. She is often one person in this world who will always have his back no matter what.

Many people believe that sons who have a good relationship with their moms grow up to become outstanding men. They are able to achieve success in their lives because they know how much it means to have a mother behind them.

Men can often hide their emotions and feelings. While you may not be able to express how much your mom means to you before she passes, the following quotes may help you to put words to the love and admiration you feel for your mother.

  1. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am, all my beauty, comes from her.” – Oscar Wilde
  2. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln
  3. “A mother’s love’s a blessing, no matter where you roam, keep her while she’s living, you’ll miss her when she’s gone. Love her as in childhood, though feeble, old and grey, for you’ll never miss a mother’s love, till she’s buried beneath the clay.” – Thomas P. Keenan
  4.  “My mother was the one constant in my life. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20, and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams, I think it is a feat that is unmatched.” – Barack Obama
  5. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
  6. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am, I owe to my mother.” – George Washington
  7. “A true mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Unknown
  8. “Mama, I think of all the things we’ve been through and who would have thought they’d lead me to this day? You are an amazing woman and without your guidance in my life, there is no doubt that I wouldn’t be where I am today! Happy Mother’s Day to my hero!” – Unknown
  9. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” Jewish Proverb
  10. “A true mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” Unknown
  11. “My mom was a single mom and I think about her every day, for what she sacrificed. I’m really thankful that I have a mother as great as her.” Barack Obama
  12. “A Mother’s love is something that no one can explain it is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain…All the money in this world could never buy my momma’s love.” – Tupac
  13. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” – J.K. Rowling
  14.  “A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” – Unknown 
  15. “We understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love.” Madame de Stael

Quotes for a daughter missing her mother

During their lives, mothers and daughters are often the best of friends.

The daughter knows that her mother is always there for her. She may not realize it, but she has a safe haven in the form of unconditional love from Mom.

When you lose your mother, you are filled with emotions ranging from anger to sadness. Often, they are the person who loved us the most, and you did not get enough time with your beloved mother and this can hurt deeply within your heart.

While mothers never really die, losing a mother feels like losing a friend and the whole world.

However, rather of grieving for the rest of our lives, we must accept and face our feelings of sadness and sorrow.

Here are some of the most heartfelt loss of mother quotes for all daughters who have said goodbye to their greatest supporter in life.

  1. “For my mother, for all mothers, and especially mine — may she rest in peace–I have this wish: May every woman be blessed with daughters who are like you.” Maya Angelou
  2. “A daughter can have many teachers in life… But there is only one role model … that is the mother.” Unknown
  3. “I cannot forget my mother. She is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely.” – Renita Weems
  4. “I don’t think of myself as a terribly confident person. But I have a survival mechanism that was instilled in me by my mother.” – Naomi Watts
  5. “My mother was always available to me. Even when I didn’t see her, she wasn’t gone.” Brooke Shields
  6. “I think the best role models for women are people who have been strong mothers.” Madeleine Albright
  7. “My mother… had a very deep inner spirituality that allowed her to rebuild her life. It’s extraordinary that she had such a strong sense of self and such a commitment to the future and such a strong creative sense that she could build new worlds for herself and for us out of the total devastation in her life.” Caroline Kennedy
  8. “My mother is the one I have been closest to all my life. She has never failed me… She gave me so much strength that now it is up to me not to disappoint her.” – Maria Call
  9. “Thanks to my mom, I know that a good mother is one of life’s most precious gifts – as magical as fairy godmothers and as fierce as she-warriors.” – Kristin Chenoweth
  10. “My mother is my root, my foundation… She planted the seed. I am what it produced.” Maya Angelou
  11. “Thank you for being a good example for other women by being a wonderful mother.” Michelle Obama
  12. “The one thing a mother shares with her daughter that no one else in the world knows is a special bond. A child can see things in her mom’s eyes she’ll never see anywhere else.” Sarah Ferguson
  13. “A mother’s love is fierce and everlasting.” Unknown
  14. “A Mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” Marion C. Garretty
  15. “My mother loved her children with a passion unmatched by any other human being on earth … She was a woman who had experienced very little of life’s pleasures, yet her love for us was fierce and ever-present.” –Rihanna

Happy mother’s day in heaven quotes

For those who have lost, this cherished mother’s day can be one of sadness and great pain. But there can also be beauty and joy in remembering and celebrating a mother’s life and knowing that she is now in the heavenly home.

To everyone looking up to the heavens on this day, here are some special Mother’s Day quotes.

  1. “I know that my mother is up there in heaven. I can feel her presence all around me, even now as a grown woman.” – Julie Andrews
  2. “I don’t know if heaven exists, but I’d like to think so… And when we get there, I’m going to find my mother and tell her how well you’ve been taking care of me.” Maya Angelou
  3. “My mom was a single parent who worked two jobs to put me through school. She gave up everything for us… She’s an angel here on earth but now she’s an angel in heaven.” Oprah Winfrey
  4. “She is still everywhere with us. She is the air we breathe, she occupies our every thought and fills each moment of our lives… We carry her within ourselves and will never be able to free ourselves from this eternal bond.” Jacques Prévert
  5. “I went to see my mother and she was like a little girl, so beautiful. She said: ‘My son! You’ve come back!’ I wanted her to talk about the past – we had this bond between us – but all she ever talked of was the future.” – Victor Hugo
  6.  “It’s been quite a few years, mom, I’ve grown up and become one too so this time we can celebrate the joys of motherhood together. Happy Mother’s Day, I wish you were here.” – Unknown
  7. “Every time I see an angel, I think of her… I know she is an angel.” Nicolas Cage
  8. “I’m not afraid of heaven. I believe in it the way I believe that my mother is with me, hovering over me, even though she’s no longer alive.” – Leonard Cohen
  9. “My mother is in heaven and she still sees me through her eyes… It’s like God gave me a little piece of heaven on Earth with my mom.” – Rihanna
  10. “Mothers are heaven’s sweetest gift to man.” Robert Browning
  11. “Mothers are heaven’s brightest stars.” Thomas Campbell
  12. Happy Mother’s Day In Heaven Quotes
  13. She is still everywhere with us. She is the air we breathe, she occupies our every thought and fills each moment of our lives… We carry her within ourselves and will never be able to free ourselves from this eternal bond

Coping with grief and the loss of a mother

Grieving is a personal experience, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Indeed, grief comes to every family, and while it is an inevitable aspect of life, there are ways to cope with the sorrow, come to terms with your loss, and eventually find a path to rebuild and move on with your life.

  1. Acknowledge your pain.
  2. Accept that grief is a complicated and often unpredictable experience.
  3. Recognize that your grief journey will be unique to you.
  4. Find face-to-face support from individuals who care about you.
  5. Take care of yourself physically to help yourself emotionally.
  6. Recognize the difference between grief and depression.

Wrapping up

When your parents die, you may feel as though you are going into every fight alone, instead of with unwavering backup.

Mother’s Day is a difficult time for many people, particularly if they are looking for ways to honor and pay tribute to their mother.

A mother’s love has an immeasurable influence on us, always guiding and safeguarding, and it lasts long after she is gone.

These moving quotations illustrate the indestructible kind of connection that a person can only have with their mother, from talking about sadness to contemplating the lovely memories you two shared together.

We hope they have kindled a spark of solace amidst the loss and pain.

Neve Spicer
Written by Neve Spicer Updated on February 10th, 2022
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