5 funeral poems for losing a motherMay 2018
Losing a mother can be the hardest thing we will ever experience. Saying goodbye to the person who gave you life, regardless of the relationship you form over the years, is an important and monumental time, and finding the right words to express what you want to say in that moment can be extremely difficult.
If you are looking for a poem for a deceased mother, we have selected five of our favourites, so that hopefully you can begin the healing process of saying goodbye to that very special woman in your life.
1. If Roses Grow in Heaven - Dolores M. Garcia
This poem by Dolores M. Garcia is a heartfelt plea to the heavens to pass on the love of a child to her mother in the afterlife. It is a touching reminder that even though her mother is no longer with her, she longs for the familiar comfort of her love: "Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day, but there’s an ache within my heart, that will never go away."
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 awhile.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there’s an ache within my heart
that will never go away.
2. If There are Any Heavens My Mother Will - E. E. Cummings
There are few poets who can so eloquently capture the ebbs and flows of the heart as well as E.E. Cummings. In this poem Cummings paints the picture of a mother's heaven 'a fragile heaven of lillies-of-the-valley. With each breathtaking line, the reader is drawn into imagining a beautiful vista, softening the sorrow of loss with hope that the deceased is resting on a plane of comfort.
if there are any heavens my mother will(all by herself)have
one. It will not be a pansy heaven nor
a fragile heaven of lilies-of-the-valley but
it will be a heaven of blackred roses
my father will be(deep like a rose
tall like a rose)
standing near my
swaying over her
with eyes which are really petals and see
nothing with the face of a poet really which
is a flower and not a face with
This is my beloved my
(suddenly in sunlight he will bow,& the whole garden will bow)
3. Wonderful Mother - Patrick O’Reilly
In this simple poem, Patrick O'Reilly captures the feeling of adoration that a child so often feels towards their mother, adorning her with admirable characteristics such as a 'smile of sunshine' and a 'heart of pure gold.'A perfect poem for those who want to express gratitude at being gifted with a mother both beautiful and kind, and share that feeling with others at the time of her passing.
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.
4. Mother’s Hands - Marian Jones
Marian Jones documents the journey from life in the cradle, to the moment of parting with the mother. She conjures moments of learning, struggle, sadness and comfort: 'mother’s hands were gentle, they’re missed so very much...' This relatable poem is a carefully considered rendition of the way the relationship to our mother grows and changes over our lives, but never fades.
Hands that rocked the cradle
From the moment of my birth ..
Their tender touch remembered
By those still here on Earth.
Soft as silk those hands
That taught me how to pray ..
Banishing childhood fears
They soothed each one away.
When I grew much older
And troubles came my way ..
Those hands caressing mine
Did more than words could say.
Mother’s hands were gentle
They’re missed so very much ..
I’d give the world to feel once more
Their warm and tender touch.
5. When God Thought of Mother - Henry Ward Beecher
This short poem by Henry Ward Beecher captures the creation of the mother by God and is perfect for those who want to say a lot in few words.
Whatever poem you choose, poetry is the language of love and beauty, and in a poem we can often find the words that escape us. A poet can string together an expression that captures the feelings in our hearts, and reading these words aloud can be an extremely moving and cathartic experience. We hope they bring you comfort during this difficult time.
When God thought of mother, He must have laughed with satisfaction, and framed it quickly
— so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power, and beauty, was the conception.