Inspiring Quotes and Sayings About the Death of a Mother

Quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a mother

Daughter hugging mother
The death of your mother often proves the most profound loss people experience. Photo © Oliver Rossi/Stone/Getty Images

While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a select collection of messages, quotes, and sayings about the grief caused by the loss a mother, whether your own or that of someone you know.

You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

Robert Browning, English poet, and playwright
Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

Mitch Albom, American author
I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.

Irish proverb
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.

Princess Diana
A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's.

Ann Taylor, English poet and literary critic
Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.

Author unknown
A mom's hug lasts long after she let's go.

Honoré de Balzac, French novelist, and playwright
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

Jewish proverb
God could not be everywhere, and therefore, he made mothers.

William Dean Howells, American author and literary critic
A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know he sees it.

Jane Welsh Carlyle, Scottish author
Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.

Margaret Sanger, American nurse and activist
The mother memories that are closest to my heart are the small gentle ones that I have carried over from the days of my childhood. They are not profound, but they have stayed with me through life, and when I am very old, they will still be near.

Author unknown
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool mom.

Mitch Albom, American author
You count the hours you could have spent with your mother. It's a lifetime in itself.

Author unknown
The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her.

William Goldsmith Brown, American editor and writer
The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.

Alice Walker, American author, poet, and activist
Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.

Eliza Cook, English author
I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and activist
A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet
Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.

Author unknown
Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Isabel Allende, Chilean-American author
"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."

Marion C. Garretty, (fictitious?) author
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.

Kristin Hannah, American author
A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones.

Jewish proverb
A mother understands what a child does not say.

Susan Wiggs, American author
There is something about losing your mother that is permanent and inexpressible -- a wound that will never quite heal.

Mark Twain, American author
My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart -- a heart so large that everybody's joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.

Author unknown
For a mother is the only person on earth
Who can divide her love among 10 children
And each child still have all her love.

Olive Schreiner, South African author and suffragist
There was never a great man who had not a great mother.

George Washington, U.S. president
All I am I owe to my Mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

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