Poetry is a powerful means of exploring death and the emotions and thoughts associated with it. When confronted with the loss of a loved one, we can often struggle to express how we feel, what we’re going through and how much the deceased meant to us. Often, we turn to the written word to help us with such struggles and many people identify with a particular poem because it expresses something they couldn’t and does so in a particularly beautiful way. In this article we’ll look at some suitable funeral poems for a mother.

Finding funeral poems for a mother can be especially difficult. Not only do you want the poem to represent something of their life, you also want it to illustrate just how special a role they played in yours. Here we take a look at a few suggestions you may want to consider if you’re reading a funeral poem for a mother.

Gone too soon’ funeral poems

This poem is about how you wish you could just have one more day with your mother and what you would use the time to do and say. It reflects on how important a mother is in your life and how they can be your best friend, parent, confidant and advisor all at once. These funeral poems for a mother really tug at the heart strings.


One More Day – Mistique M Hart

I wish for nothing more

Than just one more day,

For I would give it all,

Just to hear her say.


It’s funny how

In life it seems

You take for granted

The most important things.


To feel her close,

And be safe again,

Safe from my own self,

Back with my best friend.


Yes, she was the best,

And at other times the only,

My Friend, you left me here,

And now my heart is lonely.


If you could just come back,

If only for one day,

I’d make sure that I’d listen

To all you had to say.


And now that it’s too late,

You cannot speak anymore.

I finally realized,

I should have heard you before.


And if I could do it over,

I’d only change one thing,

I’d tell you that I love you,

And how much joy to me you bring.


No one will ever know

Quite how I feel inside,

And on that day you left,

You weren’t the only one who died.


You have always been there, Mom,

And you loved me ’til the end,

So with all my heart and soul,

I love you too, My Friend.


If Roses Grow In Heaven is a beautiful poem in which the writer tries to reach out to their mother to communicate how much she misses her and how painful her absence is.


If Roses Grow In Heaven – Dolores M. Garcia

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 I love her 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 every day,

But there’s an ache within my heart

That will never go away.


‘Irreplaceable’ funeral poems

Mother is another simple poem that talks about the need to make your mother proud even though she’s now gone. With a beautiful description of how wonderful a mother can be, this poem expresses just how important a mother is to her children.



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.


As the title suggests, this poem is all about how irreplaceable a mother is and how they occupy a unique place in each of our hearts. It emphasises a mother’s selflessness, kindness and love, and asks that they be made aware of their children’s eternal thanks, even in death.


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.


‘What it means to be a mother’ funeral poems

This poem is about how all the small things that a mother and child share help to forge their strong and unique bond. It’s the laughter, tears and tying of shoes – as well as a million other everyday actions – that make a relationship special.


To My Mother

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.


Compared to some of the other poems on this list, Service’s poem is a little more difficult to read and understand. Put simply, it discusses what it means to be a mother and how a woman might feel on becoming a mother.


The Mother – Robert Service

There will be a singing in your heart,

There will be a rapture in your eyes;

You will be a woman set apart,

You will be so wonderful and wise.

You will sleep, and when from dreams you start,

As of one that wakes in Paradise,

There will be a singing in your heart,

There will be a rapture in your eyes.

There will be a moaning in your heart

There will be an anguish in your eyes;

You will see your dearest ones depart,

You will hear their quivering good-byes.

Yours will be the heartache and the smart,

Tears that scald and lonely sacrifice;

There will be a moaning in your heart,

There will be an anguish in your eyes.

There will come a glory in your eyes,

There will come a peace within your heart;

Sitting ‘neath the quiet evening skies,

Time will dry the tear and dull the smart.

You will know that you have played your part;

Yours shall be the love that never dies:

You, with Heaven’s peace within your heart,

You, with God’s own glory in your eyes.


If the funeral poems above don’t feel like the best fit for your mum or your feelings for her, one thing that might help is to ask friends and family if they have a poem that they associate with her. If you have an online obituary page or a social media account, consider posting up a request for others to share poems for your mother. You can make a free online obituary on the Beyond site here.

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