Mother Death Poem

Poem About Mother Sick And Ready To Die

I wrote this the day after my mom passed away. On her death certificate it states, "Failure to thrive." My mother was tired of being ill and dependent on me; she choose to go be with God because she quit eating. Oh, how I begged and pleaded for her just to take a bite of this or that. I would cook all her favorites trying to entice her to eat. Nothing worked. See, it "WAS" her choice. But I miss her each and every day. I was bitter for a long time but have learned to accept.

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My heart is broken. My eyes are sad. My cheeks are wet. I have never been despaired. It's hard for me to describe how I feel right now. I feel so sad and disappointed. I was always there for...

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Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008 with permission of the Author.

You were tired, I saw it in your face.
The end was coming at a fast pace.
But how I wanted you to stay...
In time, I came to understand
your will was not my command.
Life just became too hard for you.
I didn't want to see...but I knew
You had to be where you could fly.
Mom, it's so hard to say goodbye.
You were mine for all those years.
I'll miss you and cry my tears.
But I also know that's okay...
For we'll be together again someday.


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  • Junior by Junior
  • 7 years ago

My heart is broken. My eyes are sad. My cheeks are wet. I have never been despaired. It's hard for me to describe how I feel right now. I feel so sad and disappointed. I was always there for you, but now you've let me down.

  • Ann by Ann, Berwick Upon Tweed
  • 10 years ago

My partner and soulmate passed after a short illness of just 7 weeks, no time for my head to adjust, total auto pilot, our choice was to nurse Terry at home to the end, he passed in my arms and at peace, I miss his laughs the silly banter we shared, miss the routine but above all, miss my man, the reality hasn't hit home yet and I'm terrified of when it does, will I cope, x

  • Patricia by Patricia
  • 10 years ago

I lost my mother at 89, almost 4 years ago and my father 92, this year. I was so lucky to have had them both for so many years. They left me with wonderful memories that will live with me forever. I pray that all those who loose loved ones can find peace and acceptance to live full lives.

  • Tracie by Tracie
  • 10 years ago

This say everything that is inside me. My husband passed away after a long painful fight with ESRF (end stage renal failure), he had both legs amputated, lung and heart issues 10 heart attacks in 6 months and could no longer be who he thought he should be. He choose to stop fighting FEB 16th 2012 and passed peacefully on FEB 26 th 2012. Thank you so much for this writing

  • Beverly C by Beverly C, NC
  • 12 years ago

I miss my mother. I didn't realize how much she was my life until she passed on Dec. 14, 2011.
I have memories with her that helps me through the tough moments that I have. Many times I would just love to have five more minutes with her.
She fought a long battle with her diseases--eventually she was worn out and ready to go home to be with Jesus.
A week before she passed, I gave her my "permission" talk that told her I'd be ok. She told me that she wanted to go to heaven....and she thanked me for taking her to the white house! I didn't realize then what she was talking about...I do now though.
Love ya, mom--I will see you one day!

  • Vanessa by Vanessa, Angleton
  • 12 years ago

Today was a year that my mama was last admitted to the Methodist in Houston. She became ill on Mother's Day and passed away July 16, 2011. I miss my mama every day. And reading your message brings back memories and then your poem has touched me so. Mama fought till the end. She hurt so much and no one would listen until it was too late. A blood clot in her leg, up to her lungs took my mama. It was hard. She fought the cancer and secondary disease, and I was there completely. But now I know why she did not eat, and how painful this disease was. I am glad she is not suffering. It's so hard, when we first lost her, I yelled at Jesus that I was not ready to share her. But he needed her more. My mama was in my life every day. And I miss her so much no matter how I try to move on with life.

  • Patti by Patti, North Providence
  • 12 years ago

This poem really hits me in the heart, My mom passed away July 17, 2011 She was suffering every single day, there were times in the past where we thought that day was our last, but then she fought some more, I could never bring myself to tell her it's ok mom, I know you're tired, somehow on that very day, I could see it was different, and I told her what she needed to hear from all those years, I let her know it's ok, and I understand that she is tired now, here I sit broken hearted but I know I did the right thing, it wasn't long there after I spoke those words that her soul went free and to heaven she went, I cry every day and every night, I miss her so much, but in my heart I know she is watching me from above, not wanting me to cry no more, because she is free now, no pain, no suffering, just free.

  • Puerto Rico by Puerto Rico
  • 13 years ago

I fear that someday my mom will die and eventually she will, but this poem has touched me in so many ways. I now understand that I must not be scared of someone's death because this poem has taught me to cherish the simple moments that life gives us to enjoy with them even if it isn't their last day on earth. It'll be hard without them in our life. Who will give us advice? Who will tell us at night to have magical dreams? Who will make us our favorite snacks or meals? But as we continue our life we will learn that we are them. We might not have the same characteristics but they made us. They are the reason why we are here, right now. They will continue living inside our heart we might not see them, but they are there and they will always be for the rest of our life. Like they did at our graduation, at our birthdays or even at our games. They are there.

  • 13 years ago

My grandmother passed away many years ago, but still up to this day, it hurts.
The saying is time heals, but I simply can not heal. She was my life and the only person who loved me no matter what. I hope someday I'm able to see her again someday soon. Thank you for the poem. May God Bless you always.

  • Sonya by Sonya, Lima
  • 13 years ago

This poem tells the story exactly as it was with my Mother. Only I can't say I had her all those years, I'd have to say I had her briefly. My Mother gave up too, and I was only 13 when she passed. I too was angry at first. But as I have gotten much older came to understand how selfish it was for me to think she should fight to live when she was so very sick and in so much pain. At the time I was young, and I felt she was being selfish, when in fact it was I. This poem is definitely 5 stars.

  • Debbie by Debbie, Conroe Texas
  • 13 years ago

My mom has been sick for several months now. The doctors say she can get better, but she keeps saying she is tired and wants to die... I don't think it is her time, and I want her to understand we still need her! Her family tell me to admit her into another hospital, but if she does not want to try, how can we make her understand?

  • john by john
  • 15 years ago

This is a wonderful poem. It's so hard to watch mom suffer, but it's so hard to let her go. I know she's in a better place now, but I still find myself picking up the phone to call and talk to her. Its been 2 years ago today and I still miss her. Love you mom!

  • Jason by Jason
  • 15 years ago

My mother passed exactly the same way. I always knew the day would come but could not believe it when it happened.

Now I suffer almost as much as she did. Wednesday is our birthday. We were so close, like twins. Her obituary read two people with one soul. I too pray that we will once again see each other. Who knows? Do we just change form? Does our energy become one with God's? Maybe we are all the same being in different forms. Quantum Physics is proving more and more that this is actually the case.

I wish you well my friend on your trip to recovery if that is possible.


  • Tanis by Tanis
  • 15 years ago

This is a great poem. It really sums up my feelings for my Mom who passed away on 2/19/08 because she was tired of fighting everyday all day the constant pain she was in. Even though I was selfish by asking her not to give up, I knew in my heart she was better off after she died because she was no longer in pain. She is in a better place watching over and protecting me.

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