The loss of a mother is never easy, whether she was your biological or adopted mom, or a mother figure you chose. Mothers are the reason for our existence, the calm voice in a sea of doubt, and beacons of love. While every day is a struggle without them, holidays and other notable dates like birthdays can be especially hard. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of loss of mother quotes to help you remember her and the comfort she provided when you needed it the most. Let these words elicit heartfelt memories, much needed tears, and the strength to carry on in her absence, just as she would’ve wanted.
If a friend or family member is grieving the loss of their mother, include one of these kind quotes in a card with your condolences, along with a memory of their mother, if you have any. Reminding others of the impact their mother made can bring comfort during her absence. Adding a heartfelt quote, like the ones listed below, is another way to relate and share your sympathies. However you choose to express your support, what's important is that you show up for them in their time of grief and need.
Though she can’t be replicated or replaced, she can be remembered with great love and appreciation through these touching quotes about losing a mother.
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”
“Losing a mother doesn’t happen in a moment. It takes years to appreciate the impact of what’s gone.”
“I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
“People who have truly, immensely loved each other are the ones who will handle the loss of the loved one gracefully.”
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am, I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from my mother.”
“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.”
“The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital, I have made my way.”
“If I made a list of the people I admire, Mom would probably fill up half of it. She could do anything and everything.”
“You are gone, but thank you for all these soft, sweet things you left behind. In my home, in my head, and in my heart.”
“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.”
“Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”
“There is something about losing a mother that is permanent and inexpressible — a wound that will never quite heal.”
“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly — that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.”
“I guess by now, I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone — you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.”
“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
“My mother is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may, sometimes, forget the words, but I always remember the tune.”
“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”
“No daughter and mother should ever live apart, no matter what the distance between them.”
"A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go."
"Mom, I am missing you today, but I know that you will always be with me in my heart."
"But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die. You feel like instead of going into every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone."
“Mothers never really die. They just keep the house up in the sky. They polish the sun by day, and light the stars that shine at night, keep the moonbeams silvery bright, and in the heavenly home above, they wait to welcome those they love.”
“I truly never learned what the words 'I miss you’ were until I reached for my mom’s hand, and it wasn’t there.”
“But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes, the stories are simple, and sometimes, they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story because hers is where yours begins.”
“I love you every day. And now, I will miss you every day.”
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”
“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.”
“What we have once enjoyed deeply, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”
"There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart."
"Mother, you left us beautiful memories. Your love is still our guide. Although we cannot see you, you're always at our side."
"A mother's love is always with her children. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. But her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom live on — like a legacy of love that will always be with you. May that love surround you now and bring you peace."
“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
“Perhaps, they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”
“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.”
“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”
“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.”
“A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”
“Grief can be a burden but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.”
Alphonse de Lamartine
“Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.”
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