Today marks the third anniversary of my Aunt Kay's passing. She had six children with whom I'm very close even to this day. Our "cousinship" grew over the years primarily because of the enduring love that our mothers had for one another. Despite living three thousand miles apart, my mother and her sister Kay knew the importance of family. At least once a year, our mothers would plan a vacation that involved both families. Through the years of airplane rides from one coast to the other, we developed a friendship that was deep, and we knew early on that maintaining this bond was necessary if we were to honor our mothers' wishes.
As I sit here today, I contemplate what to say to my cousins. I know they are thinking of their mom on this day, maybe with some degree of disbelief that it's been three years. They might spend moments throughout the day, remembering the difficulty of that fateful day and the anguish they felt. I hope there will be other moments when they will conjure up the happy memories spent with their mom and hear the echo of her laughter or envision the shape of her smile. As they spend their own special moments in private reflection, I want them to know that I'm thinking of them and their sweet mom by extending my thoughts in a special and heartfelt way.
If you have someone in your own life who is grieving the loss of their mother or experiencing an anniversary marking that loss, the following quotes and passages could be helpful to you as you form your own thoughts and extend your own comforting gesture. Some are original passages while others were written by famous figures who knew just what to say when honoring motherhood. Regardless of the author, each example expresses what it means to be a mother and to miss her even when time passes by.
Words for Someone Who Lost Their Mother
I'll remember her always for her strength, her beauty, and her encouraging words.
Words cannot capture all that your mother meant to me.
Her accomplishments will live on in the stories told by generations to come.
Though my heart aches for having lost her, it rejoices for having known her.
We will live her example as a testament to her.
Short Tributes to a Mother Who Passed Away
As I reflect upon your mother's life, I know she will be remembered as a caring and generous person to her family and friends. I also realize the legacy she leaves behind. It is one of strength, perseverance, and optimism amid a difficult journey.
She is an inspiration to us all and an example of the very simple notion that stars, dreams, can be reached.
Aside from the memories that your mother left behind, allowing us to hold her forever near, she also leaves behind the legacy of teaching her children what is important in life.
Her legacy lives on in the lessons she gifted.
Your mother's love for life propelled her forward, which undoubtedly contributed to her long and fulfilling life. I know that she will continue to guide you as you continue your own life's journey.
Though your mother may be gone, she will never be forgotten. Her memory will live on in our hearts, in our minds, and in our souls.
10 Short Memorial Quotes for Mom
"Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them." - Emily Dickinson
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." -Abraham Lincoln
"God could not be everywhere, and therefor he made mothers." -Rudyard Kipling
"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." -Robert Browning
"A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's." -Princess Diana
"What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." -Helen Keller
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." -Abraham Lincoln
"Love as powerful as your mother's love 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
"A mother's arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them." -Victor Hugo
"...do not forsake your mother's teaching." -Proverb
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