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Meaningful Grave Decorations for Mom – 21 Unique Ideas

Alex Marcombe

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Finding a way to commemorate and connect with your mother can be hard after she has passed. The absence can be particularly noticeable during the holiday season and times such as Mother’s Day. To turn grief into a celebration of life, we’ve compiled a list of 21 heartfelt grave decorations for moms below.

Before Decorating your Mother’s Grave…

Ensure that you check the cemetery rules and regulations to ensure that items are allowable. This is because some decor items will pose a safety risk to visitors, interfere with lawn maintenance, or can be viewed as inappropriate to some. Some grave or headstone decorations also deteriorate over time (e.g. fresh flowers or faded photographs) and can impact the overall look or aesthetic of the cemetery.

Mom Engraved Heart Memorial

This weather-resistant acrylic plaque is a sweet tribute engraved with ‘In Loving Memory of Mom’, a remembrance poem, and decorative roses on each side. It is mounted on a clear stake for easy placement around the grave.

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A simple but significant tribute, leaving coins on a grave symbolizes respect for those who have passed. This is a common Military tradition and is also observed in Latin American countries.

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In Loving Memory Engraved River Rock

These delicate river rocks can be placed on your mother’s grave or on top of her headstone (much like the tradition of coins). Alternatively, they can be combined on a small plate – some customers used a sweet heart-shaped bowl for this.

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Personalized Memorial Vase

Add your own special message or loving quote on this vase to decorate your mom’s grave. Made of sturdy resin, this elegant bowl allows you to store flowers to brighten up a space.

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UV Resistant Artificial Flowers

If you’re looking for a long-lasting floral arrangement to go with a vase then consider these blooms. Made for outdoor use, these flowers are a refreshing mix of colors that work well against most darker granite gravesites. For a higher-end look, we also recommend this custom artificial bouquet from Etsy.

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Rose Quartz Angel Figurine

This angel made of rose quartz – the crystal of compassion and love, is the perfect representation of mothers and their nurturing energy. It also comes with an angel poem gift card to remind you of your guardians watching from above.

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Upright Memorial Stone

Blending in with most graves with a neutral color, this upright memorial stone bears the beautiful quote “If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”

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Memorial Wind Chimes

A chime provides healing sound therapy and offers your mom the ability to be present in the wind. These are the best-reviewed options we could find online, with one model engraved with beautiful sentiments and the other with custom names and dates.

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Butterfly Stakes

These waterproof butterfly decorations can be placed around your mother’s gravesite to add a pop of color. Use any extras to adorn your own garden so you have that connection to your mom at home, reminding you of her presence.

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Decorative Mother Garden Stone

This hand-painted stone is made of durable resin to withstand the elements. The quoted tribute to your mother will work beautifully on the grave or mounted in your preferred spot as a wall plaque.

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Mother’s Love Terracotta Candle Holder

Made of premium terracotta, this white candle holder is an understated decor item for your mother’s grave. “In Remembrance Of My Mother’s Eternal Light And Love” is printed in the text along with a metal lid.

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Remembrance Stone Angel

This angel sculpture with an engraved special mother quote acts as a guardian over a gravesite or garden bed. Made of cold cast ceramic, this memorial item will remain in great condition for longer.

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Sunflower Solar Lights

Sunflowers represent happiness, longevity, and peace, which is quite fitting for mothers and the selfless roles they play. Decorate your mother’s grave with these solar lights that charge during the day and stay bright for up to 7 hours from dusk.

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Angel Frosted Solar Lights

If you prefer angels to flowers, then these angel solar lights provide ethereal outdoor illumination. Your mother’s gravesite will glow beautifully with 7 rotating colors.

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Baby’s Breath Grapevine Wreath

With a super realistic appearance, this evergreen wreath can be adorned over a headstone or gravesite. The wreath design makes it appropriate for use over festive occasions or for special holidays such as Mother’s Day.

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Custom Memorial Lantern

This classic lantern can be customized to include an image or quotes relating to your mom. The circular ring design gives you the ability to hang it or it can simply be placed on the gravesite.

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Custom Memorial Garden Flag

This custom garden flag can be adorned over a gravesite or hung using a separate flag hanger. Add your favorite image of your mother, significant dates, and any meaningful quotes to the design. 

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Biodegradable Memorial Balloons

If allowable by the cemetery, these memorial balloons are a festive way to decorate your mother’s grave and celebrate her life. Children who have lost a parent will resonate well with this tribute, and balloons are appropriate for occasions such as Christmas or Mother’s Day.

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Waterproof Picture Frame

Pick your favorite memories of happy times with your mother and display them over the seasons. The clear acrylic protects your photos while keeping the decor minimal.

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Grave Blanket

While traditional grave or casket blankets are made of fresh flowers, this is a modern twist on this decor item. Adorn your mother’s grave with this customized blanket in her favorite colors. Made of waterproof and high-quality UV resistant material, this cover can also be made to celebrate the season (e.g. Mother’s Day or Christmas).

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QR Code Memorial

For a modern take on grave decorations, this QR Code allows you to create an interactive link to your mother’s memories. This can comprise of pictures, stories, or even a biography of your mom. Visitors to the cemetery can scan the aluminium memorial plate supplied by SmartGraves to access your tribute.

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Mother’s Grave Decoration FAQs


What can I put on a grave instead of flowers?

There are plenty of alternative grave decorations that are longer lasting than flowers. Popular options include solar lights, memorial stones, angel figurines, and small flags.

What should I put on my mom’s grave?

This is largely up to personal taste and based on what best represents your mother. Many gravesites for moms are decorated with artificial flowers and picture frames.

What should I put on my mother’s grave for Mother’s Day?

As always, flowers are a beautiful tribute to your mother on this special day. You can choose a unique arrangement such as a wreath for unique holidays. Other options are completely up to you and should reflect how your mom lived.

What color rose do you put on a grave?

The most common rose color placed on a grave is red. This is because red symbolizes love and passionate emotions, particularly when grief and loss are involved.

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Alex is a freelance journalist and former mortuary attendant who cut his teeth in his family’s large funeral home business. In his spare time, Alex likes to dabble in photography and contributes many of the images used in Funeral Circle’s content himself.