A quote about losing one's mother comes from the famous psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, known for describing the stages of grief: “The reality is that you will grieve forever." The full passage goes on to claim that such a pivotal loss is sure to leave a lasting impact on the child; even if life is rebuilt, it will never be the same.
Another quote in the same vein comes from writer Cheryl Strayed, who has written extensively about losing a mother in her memoir “Wild” and her essay collection “Tiny Beautiful Things." In one advice column, "The Black Arc of It," to illustrate the enduring devastation of losing a mother, she quotes a friend who says, ““It will never be okay that our mothers are dead.”
Kübler-Ross' quote is especially significant given that in her groundbreaking 1969 book "On Death and Dying," she proposed five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. However, the quote acknowledges that the impact of losing a mother or a loved one is felt forever.
About.com has a collection of proverbs, quotes and poems about mothers and losing mothers. These include quotes by writer Mark Twain, former U.S. President George Washington and writer Isabel Allende.
ModernLoss.com, which contains articles and resources related to grief and loss, has a selected collection of more general quotations about loss, including excerpts from poems and ancient proverbs.
Many of these quotations are themed around the devastation and unprecedented nature of the loss of a mother, as the loss of a parent is considered an extremely stressful major life event.