Some poems for grieving mothers include "To Illinois's Gold Star Mothers, Who Lost a Child in Service of Country" by Dr. Kevin Stein and "A Mother's Grief" by Henry Parkes. Emily Dickinson's "The Soul's Superior Instants" and "I Measure Every Grief I Meet" are appropriate for any mourner.
Dr. Kevin Stein is Illinois's Poet Laureate. While addressing Gold Star Mothers who lost children in combat, he wrote the poem "To Illinois's Gold Star Mothers, Who Lost a Child in Service of Country." It took him six months to perfect the piece that he presented as a balm to grieving mothers.
Henry Parkes wrote "A Mother's Grief" specifically about grieving mothers pleading for the lives of their children. He expresses the unshakable love between mother and child in the words "Mother never had so dear a child Other hears as broken may be, Never one with love so wild."
Other poems, such as those by Emily Dickinson and those in the anthologies "Poems of Mourning" and "The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing," are appropriate not only for grieving mothers but for all types of mourners. "Poems of Mourning" from Everyman's Library features "After Death" and "Remember" by Christina Georgina Rossetti, "The Dirge" by William Shakespeare and "Rain on a Grave" by Thomas Hardy.