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Capturing Memories of my Mom for her Birthday with a Tribute Poem in her Memory

Updated on February 26, 2012

Mother's Love

Saying Goodbye to Mom

With a heavy heart, saying goodbye to my mom was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life.

She would have been celebrating her 80th birthday this week.

I have been reliving those final days in my mind and as I look back, I find the love we shared.

Recalling happier times and sad times, I find myself drifting into those last days of her life.

What she said to me, what I said to her, recalling every detail in my mind.

A mother's love never fails.

Holding on to that love continues even after she has passed away.

I wrote this poem as a tribute to her. In words I can no longer say to her, but in my heart, I say them every day.

My heart still aches for the days we spent together. It was in the last 12 years of her life that I really got to know my mom. I miss the laughs, the memories, and the future plans.

So I share this poem as a dedication to my mother. 

Mom's Favorite Movie

A Candle for Mom

Poem for Mom - In Her Loving Memory

I open this page in a simple prayer

I’m missing you and filled with despair

I miss your laugh, your jokes, and your smile.

And I talk to your picture, every once in a while.

Your birthday is just around the corner

But I’m not celebrating; I’m one of the mourners

It would have been your 80th year

But the candles go out with every tear

I didn’t know what would lie ahead

When I visited you last in that hospital bed

On the day when you took your final breath

And there you met your untimely death

Peacefully resting, without a worry or care

But I couldn’t wake you, for you were no longer there.

I stared for a moment, wishing it were untrue,

But you were already gone, you already passed through

I stayed with you for a little while

And I swore I saw a faint little smile

I shook and trembled in painful distress

But I knew you were in God’s eternal rest

If I knew then what I do know now

My wish would be to bring you back somehow

Sometimes I pray that you never went away

Because I miss you more with each passing day

The things of this world don’t seem to compare

When I imagine that you are no longer there

Walking around in a very dark haze

Covered in shadows like a whispering maze

The memory of you captures my heart

But the essence of you is slowly slipping apart.

Those days we spent together I will always treasure

You’re forever in my heart like a rose beyond measure

The thought of you sparks precious memories

When we laughed & smiled at everything in ease

I know it’s futile to live in this grief

Moving on would be a welcome relief

As days go by, the pain becomes clear

The emptiness surrounding tends to disappear.

.. I’m tormenting myself as I recall that final day.

Just let it go, I can hear myself say.


Dedication to Mom
Dedication to Mom

In Loving Memory

I can’t help to recall those final moments when I saw you last.

In loving memory, to Mom

  • You made me smile with your wit sense of humor.
  • You made me laugh with your funny jokes.
  • You made me happy to be with you.
  • You made me so proud to be your daughter.

I Miss you Mom - Happy Birthday!


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      4 years ago

      Your poem brought buckets of tears. I lost my mom on 09-28-14 and I'm still in a haze and I can't manage to move on with my life. Changing anything or even thinking about moving on will make it real and I'm not ready to face the rest of my life without my mom. I absolutely adored my mom and I genuinely enjoyed her company. She was a riot! I was with her every day at different hospital during the last months of her life, and though she could not talk to me, I made sure that she saw me when she woke up in the morning and went to sleep at night. I made sure she knew I was always nearby.

      I hit the parent jackpot and if she wasn't my mom I would have wished she was. I miss my mom so much and your poem articulates exactly how I feel. My moms 80th birthday is tomorrow!

      I didn't care how old or sick my mom was, I just wanted her here. I miss her but she was tired of suffering and ready to let go. Thank you for sharing your tribute to your mom and please be encouraged because you are not alone. God Bless You!

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      4 years ago

      I loved your poem. I just lost my mom a few months ago. It is still hard to believe. Some time s I walk in the door hoping she is still there. How do you do it. How do you go on. Does it ever get better? ???

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      Deborah Tyler 

      6 years ago

      my mother bless her soul was not like most moms but she was mine ,she was the bread winner of our home so she was gone most of the time and because of my mom and dad were divorce when I was five ,my sister and I were raised by our maternal grandmother who showered my sister wjth all the love and attention that two little girls needed in there lives, she was the one who shaped our lives the way we are today , so happy birthday mom ,and to grandma love you always.

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      Anju Arya 

      6 years ago from India

      A touchy poem. you have poured all the emotions of yours to your dear mother in this poem. Really mother is a precious gift for their children. Thanks to give this beautiful poem.

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      6 years ago from US

      I have had and still have these same feelings and never tire of writing for my mom. I did for her when she was alive too and she always told everyone that so I am so thankful it is not only now. The stress can be very bad for us, so remembering the good times is best. We all have to face this day some time as hard as it may be.

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      7 years ago from India

      This is a beautiful Poem. Thank for sharing

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful poem i can relate to this i lost my mom 2 yrs ago today and the pain is still so raw she was 46 seems so unfair we should have had more memories to make but it still hurts the same at any age

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Your Hub really touched my heart! I know how you feel, God Bles you! This Hub is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      This awesome tribute to your Mom will heal your pain over her loss- in God's time. Those happy memories she left behind will make you at peace with your grief each day you remember them. Don't hold back, just let go- she's now in God's loving care. That's what I do- remember our fun times together when I start to miss my Mom and Dad. Love and Light!

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      This is simply beautiful. What a wonderful tribute. I understand completely what it is like to lose your Mother. I wish my Mother's final day was different, she went so fast, unexpected. But I know she is near as you can see in my poem Dimes From Heaven. Beautifully written Faith! Thank you for sharing.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Just ask Susan, thank you. My mom loved that song and movie. It has a lot of special memories for me.

      Thanks for sharing your comments.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a beautiful poem. It brought tears to my eyes. Every time I hear "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" it makes me so sad as this was one of my Dad's favorite songs. I can still hear him singing it.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you everyone for commenting on this hub. It truly means a lot to me. I wasn't going to go on this hub today since it's my mom's birthday and losing her still brings me sadness. However when I read the comment from DebNOhio, I had to say something.

      God's grace is enough and I know the pain over my mom's loss will take time to heal. There is hope that one day I will see her again.

      May God bless each of you for your heartfelt words. They mean a lot.

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      8 years ago


      Beautiful tribute to your dear Mother.!!!

      My Mom passed 2-20-2010. Day by day of the past year seemed to go by so slowly. Then *BOOM* it was this

      day 2-20-2011. Mom was 77. Over the past year, I've consoled myself saying I was fortunate to have her the time I did. Still wishing 1 more day.

      There is no greater blessing than to have been born to a Mother who lights the way of your life with her life example for you to follow.

      Some will never know the soul embrace of a woman who gives to her children every ounce of unconditional love.

      I am absolutely certain that it's only the veil of death that separates my Mom and I. She's nearby...

      for no loving Mother could be pulled away from a child.

      I pray you know this to be true too.

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      8 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      This is a beautiful and inspiring page, I just published one on how we all handle the loss of loved ones in different ways. Some of my family members are getting older and some have very serious health conditions too. Every day I treasure that they are still here with us. I know it's on borrowed time however.

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      8 years ago

      This is a touching poem. It gave me chills, and brought tears to my eyes.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Carrie, thank you for your kind words. May God Bless you too.

      Fossillady, thank you. Yes my mom was a great lady. I miss her with each passing day.

      Thank you ladies for being such a comfort to me.

      The best thing about a parent's love is it never goes away. Her memory will always be in my heart.

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      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      a beautiful tribute to you dear mom, she must have been a great lady to have such a loving daughter! i hope each day you find a little more peace with your memories of her

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      8 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      I feel for you FaithDream. I know the feeling of losing a mother. I'm sorry for the pain you are going through right now. May God bless you. Nice poem.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      All of your comments are very sweet. They have touched my heart in ways I cannot explain.

      Until you lose a parent, it is hard to comprehend the sense of loss one feels.

      Thank you each and every one of you for stopping in, sharing my pain, and saying words of comfort.

      God Bless you, Ruchira, Tamarajo, Roger W, Cracknutcase, you have lifted me and encouraged me.

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      8 years ago from United States

      Gosh...I was in Tears :(

      I pray to God to give you the strength to cope this big loss. I can imagine your loss since I just lost my Dad and he still comes in my dreams and every moment of my life seems to be attached to him. Learning to deal this loss while living this life :(

      God Bless!!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful poem. It is never easy to lose a parent and especially unexpectedly. What a precious relationship you have to treasure in your memories.

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      roger wright 

      8 years ago from charlotte, N.C.

      Faith Dream,

      Thanks for sharing. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have the giants in our lives--called parents--are truly blessed.


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      8 years ago from India,bangalore

      This is really touching.. Those of us who have had to go through this loss know of the pain you must be going through...

      I lost my mum when I was just 11, but even till this day it hurts like hell. I've always wanted to write something as a tribute to her but could never gather the strength to, just the thought that she is no longer here is unbearable let alone writing a poem for her..

      I admire you for writing this coz I know how many tears it would've cost u...

      Keep smiling n be strong

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you tnderhrt. I had to get this one out. I miss my mom every day. Hugs back to you tnderhrt. Our moms will always be in our hearts.

      Thank you essiheart. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

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      8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Wonderful poem, thanks so much for sharing. Love.

    • tnderhrt23 profile image


      8 years ago

      Oh my! This brought buckets of tears! I lost my mum too, so I relate on levels deeply with this most beautiful poem!

      What a wonderful testament of your love! Hugs to you!


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