A Mother's Eulogy, An Interchanging Poetry Adaptation

Often, in my own life, I have been asked to give the eulogy for families and friends. Giving a eulogy for a Mother is the hardest thing any of us will ever have to undertake. As a son or daughter, it is even harder. I have written a generic eulogy that may be used by most families. It is a benchmark for which you may change and insert what needs to be said specific to Mom.

This adaptation is written as a eulogy given by a son or daughter. If the eulogy is given by someone else, the name of the mother may be inserted wherever mom or mother is used.

A Mother's Eulogy

We gather here today to say one last time, goodbye to Mom. She has moved onto her new life, we embark on a continuation with her memory forever imprinted in our hearts.
We begin our journey of remembrance with the poem:

Lord Jesus, hear my prayer
send your Angels to guide well,
we, your servants, reverent
in your loving heart

Protect us from harm,
give us guidance and love
permit us to meet you
at your gate,
to grant entrance
and escort us into your
Father's presence
endowing life eternal reunited
with you, basked in your loving,
comforting light.

To know her was to love her... there was nothing in between. I never heard anyone say, I like your mother... it is as if love was the word that best described her and defined her life.

Those of us blessed to know her their entire lives are the most fortunate. I envy you who were able to not only be a lifelong recipient of her love, but also to be a recipient of her displeasure when you stepped out of line... and I am told, even then, it was followed up by a huge hug.

I cannot list everyone whose life mom has touched, I can only say, not one of us, has ever not looked forward to hearing her sweet musical voice, seeing her flashing that hallmark smile, embracing us, and sharing her great love with each.

There is no greater honor, than when a person moves forward, they leave behind in each of us the best of what they were. There is no doubt we are better for having known her and she has left in each of us the best of what she is and was.

My mom, your mom, mom to who knows how many others, whether it is (Name) or Mom, the mention of her name stimulates a flood of wonderful memories of her remarkable life. When we are together or alone, each of us will remember and continue to remember Mom for the rest of our days.

I believe, as children we transition with our mother through various stages... some are wonderful, others in sorrow... all in a loving tribute to life, in the belief through birth we were united, in death, we will be re-united. I express this process of mom's transition and the meaning of life as:

Pain and suffering she endured giving life,
love and happiness enveloping youth.
her kindness and guidance given throughout the years,
content and fearless as her death neared,
the tears of sorrow shed, as she departed,
the tears of joy, as time brings spirits to reunite,
with mother and children soon together again in everlasting life.

When life reaches the age of contentment, we settle into a life of joy accentuated by spending the rest of our lives together. Other than losing a child, there is no greater pain than losing our mother. Yet, we each continue our journey, remembering the life we spent together. Those who believe are consoled in knowing soon, we will be together once again. I know this to be true because Mom will always be there:

We see her there
through the passage of time,
in thought and dream.

We see her there
forcing gloom to remit,
instilling love day and night.

We see her there
as each day does pass,
at our side, guiding us

We see her there
her smile bright,
her beautiful blue eyes inviting
opening her arms to embrace and comfort.

We see her there
we cried as her death neared,
we are comforted by the life we shared

Though she has traveled away from here,
she remains near.

Forever at our side.
We see her there.

Moms love of life, her amazing smile, the hundreds of thousands of hugs and kisses, her ability to make everyone whose life she touched special, she has never been far from our thoughts in life, she will never be far from our thoughts for the rest of our lives.

Mom, was a unique treasure sent by our Lord Jesus Christ to enrich our lives. We were most fortunate to partake of the gifts she gave each of us. Although, she has gone from us for now, each of us, having lived our time with her, would without hesitation request;

If I had only one day left with you mom,
I would ask that day be in God's own time,
one day, a lifetime,
every moment an expression of love,
every hour a new adventure.
twenty-four hours to slowly pass
with you at my side,
a never-ending dream,
always giving thanks,
one day left with you mom,
would be eternity.

We love you; we miss you, now you live in our hearts and minds. Your journey takes you to where you began. Throughout your days, Jesus has been there. When last you closed your eyes, He was there to take you to where all souls gather, to introduce you to the Father. Now, instead of you opening your arms to hold others tight, it is you held tight in the arms of your Father.

Rest well Dear Mother, in the night sky we can look for the twinkle in your eye and the flash of your smile among the stars and know you are there, at our side, you, are always there.

Let us pray...

Heavenly Father,
as I close my eyes
and enter into the realm of
spiritual consciousness,
where your bountiful guidance
is impressed upon my soul,
inspire me to receive your
message and awaken bathed in
your protective light.

Guide me through each day
keeping me in the comfort of your grace,
cause me not to falter or stray,
point me in your loving way.

Prepare me Father, when last I close
my eyes, awaken me, in your arms, of
eternal love

Amen




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Often, in my own life, I have been asked to give the eulogy for families and friends. Giving a eulogy for a Mother is the hardest thing any of us will ever have to undertake. As a son or daughter, it is even harder. I have written a generic eulogy that may be used by most families. It is a benchmark for which you may change and insert what needs to be said specific to Mom. This adaptation is written as a eulogy given by a son or daughter. If the eulogy is given by someone else, the name of the mother may be inserted wherever mom or mother is used.
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