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Headstone Epitaphs for Mothers [100+ Beautiful Ideas]

Lindsay Scott
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When you are lost for words following a death, finding a meaningful epitaph for your mother can feel impossible. The words need to honor and pay tribute to the beautiful person who raised you. The below list serves as inspiration in picking nice words for your mother’s headstone. 

If your mother is buried alongside your father then these parent epitaphs may be more appropriate.

Descriptive Headstone Epitaphs for Mothers

nice words for a mother's headstone

A Beloved Mother At Rest

A Loving Mother And A Faithful Friend

All I Am I Owe To My Mother

An Angel Departed

Adored Dog, Cat, And Human Mom

Beloved Mother, Our Guide, And Our Counselor

Here Lies A Beloved Mother, Wife, & Daughter

Loving And So Loved Mother And Wife

Loving Mother Of (Insert Number) Children, Grandmother To Many

Mother Of (Insert Names)

Our Mother

Teacher, Carer, Mother, Friend

Tender And Kind Mother

Wife, Mother, Friend And Christian

Nice Words for a Mother’s Headstone

headstone epitaph for mother

A Beautiful Soul

A Mother Holds Their Child’s Hands For A While. Their Hearts, Forever

A Mother’s Love Grows By Giving

A Mother’s Love, Like An Imperishable Sun, Cannot Go Out

A Mother’s Love Lives On

A Selfless Person Lies Here

A Woman Of Grace And Dignity

Always In Our Hearts

Always Loving, Always Loved

Always Remembered

Always Together, Never Apart. Joined As One Heart

Amazing Women Make Amazing Moms

An Inspiration To All

And Flights Of Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest

Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Cannot Heal

Generous Of Heart

Gone But Not Forgotten

Greatly Loved And Sadly Missed

Have Faith We’ll Meet Again

Heaven Awaits This Mother

Her Friendship Was An Inspiration, Her Love A Blessing

Her Love Lives on Forever

Her Memory Is Enshrined In Our Hearts

Holding Our Hearts Forever

If I Know What Love Is, It Is Because Of You

Intense Love Does Not Measure, It Just Gives

Left The World A Better Place

Life Is Not Forever, Love Is

Love Is Our Mother

Love Knows Not Its Own Depth Until The Hour Of Separation

Missed With A Grief Beyond Tears

Mothers Hold Their Children’s Hands For A While, But Their Hearts Forever

Nobody Can Take A Mother’s Place

Not Gone But Walk Within You

No Heroism Greater Than Motherhood

Our Family’s Heart

Our Hearts Still Ache In Sadness And Our Hearts Will Forever Flow

Our Mom is Our Home

Parted By Death, We’ll Be Reunited In Heaven

Remembered With Love

Resting With Those She Loved

See You On The Other Side Of The Stars

She Asked For So Little But Gave So Much

She Did More Than Exist, She Lived

She Had A Kindly Word For Each And She Died Beloved By All

She Has Soared Away To A Better Land

She Loved People And Laughter

She Served And Kept The Faith

She Walked In Beauty

The Best Thing To Hold Onto In Life Is Each Other

The Ceasing Of Exquisite Music

The Most Beautiful Angel in Heaven

The Much-Loved Essence Of Our Family

The Song Ended But The Melody Lingers On

The Sun Shined Brighter Because She Was Here

There Is No Parting In Heaven

Those We Love Don’t Go Away, They Walk Beside Us Every Day

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Till We Meet Again

To Know Her Was To Love Her

To Live In The Hearts Of Others Is Not To Die

Too Well Loved To Ever Be Forgotten

To Us, You Are The World

We Live To Love You More Each Day

We Could Not Miss You More

Where There Is Love There Is Life

Your Love Continues To Light My Way, Your Memory Will Never Leave Me

Your Love Will Light The Way

Your Smiles, Love & Heart Will Be Forever Missed

Bible Epitaphs for Mothers

Bible Epitaphs for Mothers

And so we shall be forever with the lord. (Thessalonians 4:17)

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. (Proverbs 27:19)

Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Ephesians 2:10)

Believe on Him to life everlasting. (Timothy 1:16)

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

For of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:14)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:13)

God is love. (John 4:16)

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

He shall receive in the world to come eternal life. (Mark 10:30)

He that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 10:22)

He who believes has everlasting life. (John 6:47)

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. (Timothy 4:7)

I rejoice in thy salvation. (Samuel 2:1)

Sleep on now, and take your rest. (Matthew 26:45)

The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another. (Genesis 31:49)

The righteous shall go into life eternal. (Matthew 25:46)

They can no longer die; for they are like the angels. (Luke 20:36)

Thy remembrance shall endure into all generations. (Psalm 102)

To live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)

With Christ, which is far better. (Philippians 1:23)

Whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:15)

Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honour. (Proverbs 21:21)

Song Quote Headstone Epitaphs for Mothers

headstone messages for mother

“And there’s no way I can pay you back, but my plan is to show you that I understand: you are appreciated.” ― Tupac

“Back then I didn’t know why you were misunderstood, Mama. So now I see through your eyes all that you did was love.” ― Spice Girls

“I did it my way.” ― Jacques Revaux

“I love you for giving me your eyes, for staying back and watching me shine.” ― Taylor Swift

“I’ll be living one life for the two of us.” ― Louis Tomlinson

“In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero. I am strong and wise and I know no fear.” ― Martina McBride

“Look at the stars, look how they shine for you and everything you do.” ― Coldplay

“My world is a better place because of you.” ― Celine Dion

“No one else can be what you have been to me. You will always be the girl in my life for all times.” ― Boyz II Men

“Oh, mama liked the roses. But most of all she cared, about the way we learned to live and if we said our prayers.” ― Elvis Presley

“She’s the sky that holds the clouds. She’s the lady of our house. We all need her, but no one more than me.” — The Band Perry

“She’d laugh until she cried. I could do no wrong. She would always save me because I was her baby.” ― Blake Shelton

“So when you’re lost and you’re tired, when you’re broken in two let my love take you higher ’cause I still turn to you.” ― Justin Bieber

“Wherever you go, no matter how far, my love is where you are.” ― Faith Hill

“You showed me everything that I should know.” ― Backstreet Boys

“You taught me strength, and you gave me guidance. Whenever faith was lost you were there to find it.” ― Ashanti

“You taught me to run, you taught me to fly. Helped me to free the me inside.” — Gloria Estefan

Personal Quoted Inscriptions for Mothers

Another way to honor your mother is to choose a headstone epitaph that is unique to them. This can include words or common phrases that your mother always said, or even a line from her favorite show or song. There are no rules so pick something that reflects your mother’s personality and the way she lived.

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Lindsay is a former funeral home director with over 23 years’ experience in the field. When she is not writing articles, Lindsay spends time with her energetic terrier and her ever-expanding brood of grandchildren.