Though it is expected that we will one day lose our parents, that doesn’t make it any easier when that day arrives.
Your mother helped shape the person you are and the parent you are or will become. She carried you in herself, sheltered and protected, until you entered the world, and then she had to shield you from the world. She kissed boo-boos, cheered on your victories, and mourned your heartaches. Though no words will ever be enough, I’ve found some beautiful quotes about mothers that can be used in eulogies, memorial services, celebrations of life, or just shared to honor the special women watching from heaven.
Author J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame lost her mother to Multiple Sclerosis. Her mother was only 45 when she passed away. It was heartbreaking to her that her mother never got to see her success, and she even used the pain from her loss in the novels.
“Love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves it's 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, Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
Abraham Lincoln’s life was filled with tragedy: losing his mother at the young age of 9, the loss of TWO sons, and finally his shocking assassination. He used his experiences to console others during their times of grief, including this touching letter to a bereaved mother who lost 5 of her sons during the Civil War. Though he was very young when she died, Lincoln lived his life in a way he hoped to honor her memory.
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
Our mothers are the first to share in our joy and in our sorrows. They hurt for us in our failures, they feel proud of us in our successes. This is one of the most difficult parts of mother loss…the lack of someone to share these experiences.
“When we have joy we crave to share, we remember them.”
~Sylvan Kamens and Rabbie Jack Riember, Prayer on Visiting Graves
Mariska Hargitay was only 3 years old when her mother, Jayne Mansfield, was killed in a tragic car accident. Though her mother wasn’t around physically to shape her, Mariska has said her mom has had a huge impact on her life and on who she is as a person and mother.
“Losing my mother at such a young age is the scar of my soul.
But I feel like it ultimately made me into the person I am today.
I understand the journey of life. I had to go through what I did to be here."
Washington Irving expanded on the idea that our mothers are a safe haven, a place for us to go to be sheltered from the ills of the world. Her absence is a loss of safety and security that cannot be replaced.
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
A Mother is the cook, cleaning lady, errand runner, comforter, disciplinarian, playmate, cheerleader, and so much more. There is no one who can love her child like a mother, for she is the only one who felt that child inside her.
A Mother is she who can take the place of all others,
but who’s place no one else can take.
~Cardinal Gaspard Mermillod
My heart breaks for anyone missing their mom on Mother’s Day and every day. I find comfort in knowing that our loved ones are never truly gone, they are a part of us. Please share a memory of your mom in the comments to spread her light to others.
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