It’s not always easy to express the ways in which your mother was a mum in a million.
Whether you’re looking for a funeral hymn for mum, a reading for a mother’s funeral, a poem reflecting on the loss of a mother to mark a birthday, angelversary or Mother’s Day, these beautiful songs, poems and quotes about mothers may help you express how much she meant, in a meaningful way.
1. Loved So Deeply by J.K Rowling
“Love as powerful as your mother’s
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.”
Writer J.K. Rowling is one of the world’s most famous authors, best known for creating Harry Potter. One of the most prevalent themes across the Harry Potter series is how a mother’s love protects us throughout our lives, even when they are no longer around.
This beautiful Mother’s Day quote has been adapted from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and could be a beautiful memorial verse for mum.
2. The Best Day by Taylor Swift — a song about Mum
“There is a video I found from back when I was three / You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you're talking to me.”
The Best Day is a song Taylor Swift wrote for her mum. When she played it to her for the first time, Taylor’s mum cried her eyes out. It’s a song that beautifully expresses how valued and appreciated a mum’s love can be and could be a beautiful choice of funeral song for a mother.
3. Short and sweet memorial quotes for Mum
“Everything I am you helped me to be” — Author Unknown
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever” — Author Unknown
“Mother's love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible” — Marion C. Garretty
“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother” — Oprah Winfrey
4. Mama by Il Divo — a song in memory of Mum
“Mama I hope this makes you smile / I hope you're happy with my life / At peace with every choice I made / How I've changed along the way.”
This heartfelt song expresses a child’s gratitude to their mother. It also makes note of all the sacrifices mothers make for their children, making it a beautiful choice of non-religious funeral hymn for a mum.
5. A Heart So Large — a verse written by Mark Twain
In this short memorial verse for a mom, American author and poet Mark Twain talks about how his mother’s generosity knew no bounds.
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.
6. An Old Irish Verse about Mom
This could make a beautiful reading for a mother’s funeral.
There is but one and only one,
Whose love will fail you never.
One who lives from sun to sun,
With constant fond endeavor.
There is but one and only one.
On earth there is no other.
In heaven a noble work was done
When God gave us a Mother.
7. Coat of Many Colours by Dolly Parton
“My coat of many colors/That my momma made for me/Made only from rags/But I wore it so proudly”
In 1971, country sensation Dolly Parton wrote a song about a coat of colourful rags stitched together by her mum. She later claimed, that for obvious reasons, out of all the songs she’s written, this was her favourite.
8. Remembering Mom - a memorial verse for mom by Lesley Woodrow Gibson
This poem about the loss of a mother is one of several beautiful memorial verses that Lesley Woodrow Gibson has written. You can read it in full and discover more of her work here. This poem is a beautiful way to pay tribute to a mother on Mother’s Day
Our hearts are filled with memories, our eyes are full of tears.
Our lives are filled with missing you, each day throughout the years.
We pray you found the peace in death you couldn't find on earth.
We hope we became the people you prayed for at our birth.
Each Mothers Day your love lives on, in our hearts & minds.
Each and every day our love goes on, for it's the tie that binds.
Your inspiration led us on, pursuing happiness.
9. All That Was Her
Oliver Wright wrote this lovely poem for his mother’s funeral. It is a beautiful way to say goodbye to a wonderful mum.
Where’s she gone, the one we knew,
The one we knew and loved,
Who knew us all and loved us all –
Where now is all that love?
Where now her smile? Where now her frown?
Her bright, resounding laugh?
Ah, all are gone, by time undone;
All that was her is past.
Down the stream we drifted,
And saw her on the shore;
Around a bend we drifted,
And saw her then no more.
And yet still she stands there
Still stands beside the shore.
10. Heaven in Her Eye by John Milton
Poet John Milton elegantly captured both the inner and outer beauty that we all see in our mothers in this touching funeral poem for a mum
Grace was in all her steps,
Heaven in her eye,
In every gesture,
Dignity and love.
- If you are finding it difficult to cope after a bereavement, our Help & Resources pages have many helpful articles about coping with grief and adjusting to loss.