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7+ Tribute Ideas for a Mother who has Passed Away

Paying tribute to a mother who has passed away is a common gesture children and others want to make. You’ll often find tributes in books, art, film, poems, and other media, but these aren’t the only places to pay tribute to someone you’ve lost. You can also pay tribute to a mother by doing any of the following: through an event, honorary donation, and other ways. Here’s some ideas to get you started on paying tribute to a mother who died.

Words to say at a funeral for your mother

If you're looking for suggestions on paying tribute to a mother at her funeral, you've come to the right place. Paying tribute can be done verbally or nonverbally, which can make it easier for all types of people to pay tribute to their mother at her funeral. In general, when paying tribute, you'll want to focus on the ways in which your mother was important to you, her impact on others, and what made her unique and special.

Example of a tribute to a mother who passed away

"Thank you so much to everyone for being here today to celebrate the life and honor the memory of my mother. To explain just how much my mother means to me is an impossible task, but I want to make sure that I pay tribute to my mother at her funeral. My mother was one of the strongest, bravest, and kindest humans to grace this planet. Without her, I wouldn't be here today, I wouldn't be the person I am, and I wouldn't have the life I have. She is everything to me, and more, and there's no way I could ever quantify the importance she's held in my life. My mother was the best mother a person could ask for: [list some of her qualities]. Thank you, mom, for everything.

In closing, I'd like to read this poem, one of my mom's favorites: [Poem] I love you, mom."

Poems about the death of a mother

Funeral poems for mothers usually include a reference to their importance in our lives, their guidance and knowledge as a mom, their love of their family, or other aspects of motherhood. You can find some example poems about losing a mother and poems about the death of a mother below. These poems also serve as excellent mothers day poems for moms that have passed away.

A Sonnet for My Incomparable Mother by Joanna Fuchs
"I think of all the things you gave to me / Sacrifice, devotion, love and tears / Your heart, your mind, your energy and soul / All these you spent on me throughout the years."

Goodbye Mom by Aneela Ahmed
"As you leave today / Let me cry, let me say / My mom was my hero. / Leading me to right / Forgiving and loving / A star so bright. / So I lose today / My support, my light. / My dear Mom. / Making my life bright."

If Roses Grow in Heaven by Dolores M. Garcia
"If roses grow in heaven, / Lord please pick a bunch for me, / Place them in my Mother’s arms / and tell her they’re from me."

Richer Than Gold by Strickland Gillilan
“You may have tangible wealth untold / Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold / Richer than I you can never be / I had a mother who read to me.”

Wonderful Mother by Patrick O’Reilly
"God made a wonderful mother, / A mother who never grows old; / He made her smile of the sunshine. / And He moulded her heart of pure gold; / In her eyes He placed bright shining stars, / In her cheeks fair roses you see; / God made a wonderful mother, / And He gave that dear mother to me."

When God Thought of Mother by Henry Ward Beecher
"When God thought of mother, / He must have laughed with satisfaction, / and framed it quickly – / so rich, so deep, so divine, / so full of soul, power, and beauty, / as the conception."

A Mother’s Crown by Unknown
"Heaven lit up with a mighty presence, / as the Angels all looked down. / Today the Lord was placing the jewels / Into my mother’s crown."

Quotes to include when paying tribute to a mother

You can include these quotes at the end of your tribute, eulogy, or speech, if you decide to give one.

“Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” - Terri Guillemets

“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.” - Graycie Harmon

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." - Helen Keller

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you ... I could walk in my own garden forever." - Alfred Tennyson

"No matter what age... I'll always need you mom.­" - Unknown

"Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form." Rumi

Funeral ideas for mom

Many families and individuals want to make sure that their mother's funeral is a special one, but may not know where to start. When it comes to making a funeral unique or uniquely special, it's important to stay true to the individual who passed away. Here are some funeral ideas for a mother who has passed that can help you pay tribute to your mom.

Make a memorial website for her

A memorial website is a wonderful way to share the life of your mom with friends, family, and your community. Memorial websites on Ever Loved come with tons of features that other families have found incredibly helpful and useful in remembering the life of someone they loved. A memorial website gives you the opportunity to publish an obituary, share family history, start a fundraiser, share memories and photos, and share any important event information you have -- all for free.

Start a memorial website

Decorate the service with your mother's favorite flowers or colors

If your mother had a favorite color, plant, or type of flower, decorating the service with this plant or flower (or color) is a great way to honor her memory. You can take this one step further by asking attendees to wear a piece of clothing that's of this color or, if they're considering arrangements, to send arrangements with your specific flower or plant in mind.

Read out favorite memories or moments

Ask friends and loved ones to send in favorite memories or moments so that you can collect them and read them at some point during the ceremony. This is a great way to share moments or memories that others may not have been aware of and can help create a sense of shared joy and connectedness among those attending.

Give attendees a set of favorite recipes

Was your mom a great cook? Were there any recipes she was particularly known for? Sharing these recipes with loved ones is an easy and loving way to share something your mom was great at with all of those who know her.

Hold the memorial service somewhere special

If you're able to, hosting the memorial service in a special spot is an excellent way to honor your mother's memory. If you're not able to host

Plan an annual trip to a favorite spot

Did your mom have a favorite camping spot or favorite restaurant? Planning an annual trip to this spot in her memory is a great way to connect with your friends and family while honoring your mother's memory.

Do a butterfly or pigeon release

Butterfly or pigeon releases can add an added element of nature and beauty at your mother's funeral. You can ask that there's a moment of silence during this time or have a certain special song be sung or played. This is also a great time to ask folks to share a special moment or memory they had with your mother.

Have people plant in a garden dedicated to your mom

If you have space that'd you like to dedicate to your mom, consider planting a garden in her memory. Have friends and family come to the space and give them seeds or sprouts to plant in the garden. This is a wonderful way to see a living tribute grow over time in her memory.

Regardless of your chosen method of honoring your mother, it’s encouraged that you set up a memorial website - even if it’s just to share information on the other ways in which you’re memorializing your mom. Memorial websites are free, stay up indefinitely, and are easy to use and set up.

Start a memorial website

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Last updated July 11, 2022
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