Son Poem

Mother To Son Poem

A mother writes a poem to her son trying to convey to him the overwhelming love that she feels for him.

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© Rita Luna

Published: Feb 2006

I Hope You Know How Much I Love You

To My Son,
I hope you know how much I love you so.
I might embarrass you from time to time
By giving lots of love and needless kisses,
But you need to know Mom loves you so.
Before you were born I didn't know
Just how much I would love you so,
But when I looked into your eyes for the first time,
I felt my heart grow and grow.
A Mother's love is hard to explain,
Not everyone will feel the same.
Now that you are getting older I felt the need to tell you
Just how much I love you so,
Time may pass day after day or year after year,
But the love I have for you grows
nearer and dearer to my heart each day and year.
To My Son, I hope you know just how much I love you so.


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  • by Amy Rice
  • 7/8/2014

I lost my oldest son, 21. He was jumping off cliffs into a lake, which people do daily. He jumped and never surfaced. He loved the lake, the sun, the fun. This was almost two months ago. I'm not sure how to get on with my life. I have three younger kids. There are no words to express my pain. The bond between us is something I miss. He was my first true love, my best friend, I just seem lost without him.


  • by Kimberley
  • 6/18/2014

I am the mother of a one son who is still alive thank goodness) We also have 2 grandsons and a grandchild on the way. This being said, I do know the terror of dying as I lost my father, and 3 brothers. I feel your pain and I can only say that prayers and the fact of knowing there is heaven gets me through.


  • by Elizabeth NM
  • 6/17/2014

I lost my son to his vicious father and the corrupt court system he is an expert witness in.
Across 2 states, 18 judges, 20 hearings, 30 motions and about 25,000
He was 10 and is now 17. Brainwashed by his evil father and his family against me and mine. My son did not even call on Mother's Day. At 17 he is failing school, I have no ability to see him and he has stopped answering my daily texts. He is lost in the evil ways of his evil father.
Please pray for my "angel" Gabriel. His vicious father has taken my motherhood away and our precious Gabe- is lost in time and space. Have no idea when he will be back in my life. I miss him so much I cry myself to sleep. I cannot imagine in the US that the court can take a child away from a good mom- but it does happen- corrupt judges are everywhere- it is the children who suffer the most.
Thank you for your prayers-I am at my wits end- faithfully praying after 7 years of this nightmare.


  • by Millie
  • 6/14/2014

My husband and I lost our son 10 year ago, he was out with a girl who he was dating and I wish I could of put a stop to him going out with her, because that's the last time I saw him. He died going over a cliff 101 feet to his death. I will miss him always. He will always be in our hearts for every. He was our only son.


  • by Sam Patel, Birmingham Uk
  • 6/14/2014

We lost our son Jake at the age of 20 with a rare form of aggressive Kidney cancer, from the time he was admitted into the hospital and diagnosed he had about 8 weeks. He was a wonderful son, who played the drums, loved reggae music, Bob Marley. He also has a son who turned 1 on April 1st and Jake passed away on 2nd of April as if he waited just for his Birthday. I was ill the year before and it was touch and go and I wish it was me and not my wonderful Jake.


  • by Teresa, East Hampton Ct
  • 4/14/2014

I have a 26 year old son who I love dearly. He is my best friend. He has been into drugs for 4 years. It breaks my heart because he is a very smart intelligent man. Mental health matters to me I am here for him every step of the way. I love him no matter what. He is my life I live for him. I just want to see him get better. And I know he will. I put my faith into one pair of hands. That's all I can do. Forever mom


  • by Karina, Chicago Illinois
  • 3/11/2014

I see and know that I am not alone in the immense pain of losing children. Even so it doesn't make the pain any easier. I know that my life will be short. For I am dying a slow death everyday I am a part from my 2 sons. I love you Ethan and Xavier. Always in my thoughts and my heart. Loving you both forever, Mom


  • by Karen, PA
  • 2/18/2014

Thank you all for sharing your stories as somehow I do not feel so alone. I am a single mom and lost my 23 year old son 7/27/11. He was on a motorcycle and got hit by an SUV and then a van going 65-70 mph. They found his helmet 300 feet away. All they gave me was his wallet and would not let me see him. He was identified by the cross tattoo on his back and the hand of God with a rosary. I yearn to say goodbye everyday. He gives us lots of signs but I miss him terribly just always sick and weak even if I appear fine. You pretend to make others more comfortable. I pray for all the parents who have lost children as I now know the constant suffering of losing your child. I was immediately blessed and carried through this journey we never expect to take.


  • by Tiffany Buford, Ga
  • 2/16/2014

I have been sitting here reading all of these beautiful messages that you ladies have put on this page. I have not lost my son to death but I have lost my son to the prison for 7 years and there has been a deep black hole in my heart, mind and soul. I love my son so much it hurts so bad that I have missed out on seven years of his life. My son is in New York and 9 years ago I moved to Georgia. I travel at least 3 to 4 times a year to see my son 18 hours it takes me to get there but I make sure I see him on Thanksgiving or Christmas and definitely for his birthday. He has a good heart and I love him so much and miss him. I don't normally do stuff like this but I felt the need to share. Prayers go out to all my mom.


  • by Caraway AR
  • 2/12/2014

My son is 28 years old and he has a lot of. hatred anger and I think it's at me. His father died when he was 11 years old. He was there spending time with him at the time after he past my son's live started to go bad the fear came then, drinking, real heavy. The hate, the don't care about his live now. I love him so much I cry all the time I'm scared I'm going to loose him. God please help him find the right path amen.


  • by Tammy Mattox, Paris, KY
  • 1/18/2014

My only son, Aaron was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease Nov. 2, 2011 at the age of only 20. He will be 23 January 30, 2013. We were told it was a one-in-a-million chance someone his age would have this repulsive, terminal disease. I am a single mother and lost my job of 21 years during this nightmare. I take care of my son all on my own; his father is not here for Aaron, mentally, emotionally or financially. Aaron is precious gift from God, has never been any trouble at all to me, and has never wanted anything but to love and be loved. Please pray for a miracle quickly for beautiful son as he is now not able to use his arms or legs, wears a pacer for his lungs, must be fed and dressed, etc., and is losing ability to speak...we are so scared and heartbroken.


  • by Adela
  • 12/25/2013

Lost my son in auto accident hard to say those words don't want to think it has happened. There are no more holidays at all.


I lost my incredibly wonderful son nearly six years ago, when an irresponsible pilot (whose driver's license had been revoked) decided it was a good idea to fly an airplane while impaired. He snuffed out the life of 5 people, including my beautiful young man, so full of promise. My amazing son overcame severe ADHD, and graduated from college (with honors) at age 21. He then completed a 24-month graduate program, earning an MBA in 12 months, with a near-perfect GPA, at age 22. He became a licensed pilot at age 23, and a commercial pilot at age 24. There exists no prouder mom in the entire universe than I. Not a day goes by that my heart doesn't ache and tears don't flow freely, because a huge piece of my very soul is missing. He was my reason for being, my purpose in life, which has little meaning now that he's gone. I still get by just one day at a time, wondering why I'm left here to suffer through a life that feels so terribly empty without him in it.


  • by Marie, Lansing, Mi
  • 8/27/2013

I too lost my son when he was 13 years of age. He had Cystic Fibrosis and I told him since he could understand my words that he had a terminal illness but that he should live life to the fullest. He turned out he was brilliant in that he played the piano by ear with such compassion and tenderness. He had an outstanding sense of humor of which all the nurses in the pediatric ward could attest. He captured my heart and I loved him. He knew the day he was going to die and called me at work and asked me to come to the hospital. He had played the Edmund Fitzgerald every day on a guitar for the last 6 weeks of his life even though he had never played it on the piano. He died that day in my arms. One year after he died, I heard the radio DJ announce that it was the 6th anniversary of the downing of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It was as if he was telling us the day he would die. 33 years later, I love him still.


  • by Clovis
  • 8/6/2013

My son is 22 and he is in lock up. He is a good yound man who got caught up with the wrong people. He has a son and needs prayers and blessings from god.


  • by Susan, Davao City Philippines
  • 7/31/2013

I also ask myself when the pain will end. When I lost my son to a motorcycle accident last April 1, 2012, I thought how cruel the truth of death is. The grief is so overwhelming I feel I have to die also.. the future looked bleak. I almost forgot I still have another son the elder one. Both of them are loving, thoughtful and caring sons. Now still in pain, still crying each day facing a future without my younger son is so heavy. despite my age, I sought for a new direction for myself. So with our elder son, we agreed to each take a new direction together for ourselves, to hopefully somehow accept there is life without our youngest member of the family. Praying for you all who are grieving..


  • by Belinda, Florida
  • Jul 2013

My heart goes out to all have lost there sons, My son is still here, but with his father, after living with me for the last 10 years, I know its my fault I don't have him, I took him out of state without telling his father, to start a new life. The courts made my son go back and live with his father who only saw him every other weekend. I have not seen my son for 4 months, (in my heart it feels like years with a mother's love) but I still cry every night before bed. He misses me and cries also, but his dad wont take my calls. I have court in a couple weeks, But my gut tells me I'm going to lose him. Please, I can't lose my son, I love him so much. Even if he is 10 years old, he is still my lil boy. Missing my son Terribly.


  • by Debbie, Texas
  • Jun 2013

I lost my son on April 2, 2011, He was 21 years old. The driver lost control of the vehicle and my son was the only one that died that night. I miss my baby more that life itself. He was such a good boy and never ever gave me any trouble. I have two daughters that miss him with all of their hearts. He had a seven month son that will be three in August. He is so much like his dad and keeps me from shutting down and staying in a dark place. I have read all these messages through my tears and for the first time I feel that I am not alone with this horrible loss that I have to live with each day. They say it is the "new normal" that our lives will never be the same. My faith has carried me through so much, and I know he is in a wonderful place. I feel so blessed that God let me be his mom. May God comfort you all and give you the peace in your hearts to carry on. R.I.P. Hunter!


  • by Rosanne, Michigan
  • Dec 2012

I lost my son Oct. 18 2012 to cancer I have 4 sons he was the oldest, was told he had 12 to 18 months but was taken away in 5 months. It is so hard to understand why, grieving is so hard, I will see him soon at the gate, bless all the Mothers whom have lost their sons to death. When I told him he only had weeks not months he said Mom I am going to fight this, but he was gone the next day.


  • by Sherri, Texas
  • Nov 2012

I just want to say my heart goes out to all who have lost children, no matter what age. I lost my 24 year old son to cancer over a year ago. He was a fighter and made an impact so many lives. I pray for each person on here suffering with grief. I pray for you to receive comfort if for just one day. Just know that I feel for you all as I grieve for him everyday! Blessings and hugs to all....


  • by Wanda, Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 2012

Cried throughout all the stories. Still have my two sons with me and I love them more than words can say and pray everyday for their safety and protection. Cannot imagine what will happen to me if I ever lose anyone of them. My heart go out to all that has lost loved ones. I've lost my parents but time healed the pain and even though I do miss them dearly I do not think the broken heart suffered then could be compared to the loss of a child, no matter age. Thinking of you all and praying that your days would be easier. Hugs to all!!


  • by Donna, Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 2012

I first want to say that my heart goes out to all of you parents who have lost your sons. I am lucky to still have my son with me today. He is here physically, but has been suffering with a mental disorder for the last 9 years and he wishes not to be here every day of his life. I want him to know how much his father and I love him and how much we need him. Your happiness is our goal and we are with you every step of the way. We beg you to not give up and we together will find how to channel your anger into something positive. Remember you are so special to us all.


  • by Susie Tristan , Fresno Ca
  • Oct 2012

I lost my only son to Brain Cancer he was diagnosed at 26 yrs old in 2010 . My son was very determined to beat this. He was such a positive person thru his journey but he didn't want to know what kind of Cancer it was that he had or if there was a time limit to his life. He only knew that he was going to fight as hard as he could no matter what treatment he needed. It was a massive GlioBlastoma Tumor with 3 awake cranial surgeries and 1 shunt implant all in the last 15 months of his life.
I was so proud of my son for fighting as hard as he did, but what I can't forget is the day he told me he didn't want to die. That broke my heart to pieces but I had to be strong and not break down but to tell him that only god knows the outcome and we should always be prepared because we just don't know, he was ok with that answer. But it kills me to know that I lied to him. But will he ever forgive me? Now that's what I live with everyday. It will be a year tonight 10/29/2012 at 4:39am


  • by Suzy Brooks
  • Oct 2012

My 24 year old son, Jadrian was riding his bicycle into town and a driver crossed the road and hit him head on on the wrong side of the road on Sept. 3, 2010. The coroner said he was killed instantly. He had had a troubled past... drugs, jail, prison, but had turned his life around. He had signed up for college and I fell God called him home while he was clean and sober and when God took his hand at that moment of impact, he went willingly as we all will some day.
To all mothers who have lost children, may God bless you and help you find peace with it.


  • by Re..
  • Sep 2012

To everyone out there who has lost their child, God bless you. I can't even begin to imagine what your hearts going through. But to the lady who asked how long it takes to grieve.. I don't think there is and expiration date, but I do hope and believe in time you will learn to deal with it. Losing your child or anyone in that matter is never easy.. but with God's will one day you will meet again. He'll be waiting for all you mothers and fathers at the gates of heaven ready to show you around. As I write this I'm laying next to my only child who is asleep. I'm a single mother escaping domestic violence and there is no limit to the safety and protection I have for my son. I love him oh so much. God bless you all.


  • by Guyana
  • Sep 2012

I am a single parent and my son and I were living together for the past 13 years and now due to circumstances we had to separate. Now he thinks I don't love him but I really love him. He is so angry and bitter. It hurts me to see him like this. He was such a loving and caring child before. I pray to God every day and night to bring us back together. Oh HOW I LOVE MY SON!


  • by Washington
  • Jul 2012

My heart and prayers go out to all of you who have experienced loosing your sons....May god bless you each and every day with Love and happy memories that will be with you forever...Hugs to you...


  • by Jackie, Manchester
  • Jul 2012

My son Dean would of been 26 this year but his life was taken away by his short term girlfriend who decided to stick a knife in him and kill him, he was 23 years old and it's been 30 months since it happened. I can't get over it and I never will. He was my only son I have two daughters. Dean was my eldest my heart aches every day for him but one day I will be united with him.


  • by Darlene, Temecula
  • Jul 2012

I recently lost my precious son Brandon, he was only 4. I thanked God for him every day he was my sunshine. When I would come home from work he was the first to run and greet me with hugs and kisses. when I would get hurt he was the first to run and ask me if I was okay. On February 9 he came down with severe stomach pains I rushed him to the E.R. after 8 hours of tests and observation he passed away. The medical examiner said he had a mass that was growing that had caused the obstruction to his bowel causing an ectopic pancreas resulting in the lack of oxygen to his organs. She said it is very rare and there was maybe a 1% chance he would have lived if they found it in time. There were no warning signs he was a healthy little boy he was fine all day! I cry every day and I think of him every minute of every day. I feel so helpless that I wasn't able to save him. I no longer have any faith in God I miss my baby terribly and there is no way I can go on living life without him.


  • by Boise,Idaho
  • Jun 2012

One year ago this past June 5, my only son shot himself in the head. He was a veteran of Iraq. My heart still hurts on a daily basis. I wish some one would tell me how long this pain will last. I feel that my own life has ended. He leaves behind a 11 year old little girl. Can some one tell me when this ache will fade.


I have read all the stories of how people have lost loved ones (sons) my story is a little different my son is 25 and I still have him, well in body I have him. His little boy Brayden Lee was 3 yrs old and full of life a beautiful boy. On December 31, 2011 my son put my grandson to bed like he did every night. But this night turns into the worst night any parent grandparent could realize my adventurous grandson tried to climb on his dresser to restart his favorite movie Cars 2 and the dresser and 32 inch TV came crashing down on top of him crushing his skull and killing him instantly. My 25 yr old son found his beautiful little boy under this dresser and TV unresponsive and cold. He did everything he could to bring Brayden back. please go to my grandsons Facebook page braceitforbrayden and like and share the page so no other family ever has to fee pain


  • by Faith Hummel
  • May 2012

I just read your poem and it helps me to hear how people handle their grief . My son Glen has Huntington's disease, my first husband Glens father died from the same disease. It's a terrible disease there isn't a cure only my faith in my Lord and savior he is getting worse each day and I'm in another state trying everything I know to find a way to be with him. Time flies so fast it hurts so bad but I know when it is all over he will be in heaven with his father and also with the Lord. And everything will be bright and sunny and I will be with him to.


  • by Jackie Bedfordshire
  • May 2012

My beautiful son Sean died on 24th Feb.. 2012 doing what he loved riding his motorbike. He should have graduated in July at Manchester Uni, we now have the painful task of accepting that on his behalf. I've shed many tears over the years my mum dying when I was 15, countless pets but it doesn't get worse than this. I go to work, I walk the dog, I put a meal together just! but I don't live I exist. I know its happened but sometimes have to take a sharp intake of breath as the enormity of it hits me, it can't have happend, it can't. Miss you with every breath I take Sean x x


  • by Lois, South Africa
  • Apr 2012

I lost my only child on the 3rd December 2010, 11 days before his 19th birthday and 6 days before he was coming to me for the holidays. It is now 16 months since he was killed by a drunk driver doing 180km in a 60 km zone. I can't tell you how I have got through the 16 months, and I don't know how I am going to do the rest of my life without him. He was my everything in life, and I do believe it has only been through the grace of God that I have got to this point and I look so forward to the day I meet with him again. Unfortunately I don't have family left in the world, they too have gone. Peace and love to all of you that have love and lost.


  • by Margaret
  • Mar 2012

I lost my wonderful husband last November I will not give you his age because as we get older you might not think it does not hurt so much but it does, I am so sorry for all your losses I too lost family and baby so very young but I think God has a reason for the order of the world just believe in Him and one day it will al make sense. xxxx


  • by Theresa, Ny
  • Feb 2012

It took me 12 years to have my son and he is the light of my life...he is 12 now and he is growing up so fast...I am so grateful to God for him and I pray that God always keeps him safe, and healthy and shields him with angels to watch over him all the time...wherever his footsteps take him...I cant imagine what you all feel who lost your child...but I had 6 miscarriages and nothing maybe compared to what you all experienced...But I will pray for you all I feel your pain and so sorry for your losses...Praying God gives you strength...please pray for my Tommy that God watches over him always...I love him so so much...


  • by Rita Cohen, Waco,Texas
  • Dec 2011

I lost my 23 year old son, November 15th, 2011. He was so beautiful, inside and out, my heart aches for him. it's still hard to believe I will never see him again, in this lifetime. He was my comfort, my life, my future, I will miss hearing his sweet voice and calling me MOM.


  • by Grace
  • Oct 2011

To all those who lost their loving son. I too lost my beautiful son a year ago to a very aggressive cancer. He was only in hospital for 2 weeks. He was a very healthy, vibrant boy, living a very full life. He was my Shining star. I miss him so much and I feel your pain. Peace...


  • by Aggie
  • Sep 2011

Oh I don't know were to start, but here it goes
I lost my precious son Joe Jr to cancer
March 6th, 2011 . I miss Him so much
Joe was a very good son and a wonderful Dad to His four children and a very good Brother to his Sisters and Brother.
I wish I could traded places with my son , But God would not let me .
God will take good care of Him till we all meet again Love you Joe Jr


  • by Julia, Sonoma California
  • Mar 2011

3 days ago a friend lost her first born son, he was 18 years old!!! It has brought back memories of the death of my two boys!!!! All I can think about is how I felt, how I wanted to scream to the world stop my child has died!!! But everyone elses life kept going and mine had stopped and now all I can think about is what she is now going through!!! A parent show never out live there child.
Heavy heavy tears


  • by Donna
  • Feb 2011

How touching to read, how it makes me aware of the way our life can change and not to take anything for granted, my eldest son is 23 years old and always been a pleasure, right now I will send him a message to say just how lucky I am to have him and then pray for those that can no longer do this, god bless you.


  • by Debbie
  • Feb 2011

I lost my beautiful son last fall. Nothing is the same without him. Although the pain is great, he lives on through his 3 beautiful children. God is good and he has blessed us in so many ways. It also helps to read all of these heartfelt poems. Thank you all for sharing them. "God Bless"


  • by Cindy
  • Jan 2011

I have a 23 year old son that I love so very very much. I don't see him at all because he does not come around any more. He has gotten into drugs and stealing and breaking the law, etc. All I can do is pray and ask others to pray for my son who I refuse to give up on.
I will always love that boy no matter what. I just pray that he comes to his senses before it is to late.


  • by Barbara, Oklahoma
  • May 2010

I also lost a son to cancer he was 32 and had two small children. so I feel your pain. God bless you.


  • by Linda
  • May 2009

I lost my 23 year old son to cancer April 26, 2003, and it truly was the very worst darkest day of my life. I miss my son so very much a day never goes by that I do not cry. He was such a good boy never gave me a minute of trouble. He had a 18 month old daughter who is a shining light in my life that lightens that big black hole that was left in my heart when I had to stand by my sons hospital bed and give him back to God.


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