Heavenly Peace – A Poem For My mother
Holding hands. (Photo by Frances Stone)

By Frances Stone – Ms. Recovery Writes

Frances Stone & Family

I wrote this poem when my mother was still alive and I was living in fear of her death. I am so grateful that in recovery, I had a second chance at having a close loving relationship with my mother before she passed. When I lost her, I considered her to be my very best friend. My only regret is that I relapsed to escape my feelings when she died. Gratitude and working a 12 step program has helped me ride the waves of grief ever since that time.

Heavenly Peace

What it is to watch your mother age.

To watch her light
once bright ;

To watch the cheeks,
once rosy;

What it is to see a spirit,
always ready for a fight;
concede defeat.

What it is to wake up crying,
I love you, Mom...
I love you, Mom...
I love you, Mom...
into the night
the one day
I have feared my entire life
is now drawing near.

To keep me safe
from feeling all alone,
she planted
a new best friend,
the seed of truth,
for when she was gone.

Oh, how I love my Mom.

in my heart.
She will live,
hold my hand,
cheer me on
telling me again and again
that all I ever have to be
is me.

While she's still on this earth to love,
for hours or for days,
Help me Lord
not forget to say
the words I need to say,
not forget to give
the hugs I need to give,
to remember
My Mother
with regret.

For My Mother
know how well she loved, was loved
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Love, always – Frances

Molly Ida Lyons Stone (nee Craig)

STONE, Molly Ida Lyons (nee Craig)

Passed away gracefully and peacefully into the Lord's open arms, just before midnight on February 27, 2013 at Royal Columbian Hospital. Molly's story began on February 16, 1935 when she was born to Thomas and Agnes Craig near Avola, BC, where she was raised on a farm with her three sisters, Vernetta, Evelyne and Bernice. Her story continued with a move to Vancouver, marriage and the births of her eleven children: Lynda, Robert Allen, Michael, Kenneth, Dale, Elizebeth, Deborah, Jay, Nancy, Jennifer and Francis. Her legacy still continued with the births of nineteen grandchildren, fourteen great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild with another on its way, and will carry on through her children's children until the end of time.

Molly was a strong, wise and loving mother with a deep faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, serving him as an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Parish in New Westminster, B.C. She was also an avid gardener with a tender heart for the beauty and strength found in flowers and plants. She was a long-time member and past President of the New Westminster Horticultural Society. How much and how deeply we will miss our mother, grandmother, and very best friend, words cannot possibly express; she loved and was loved, so very much. We know she waits for us with the many who have gone before her, including her beloved sisters Vernetta and Bernice and her darling grandson David; waiting in a heavenly place for her children to come home.

Frances Stone is President of Mother’s Recovery Tribe Society and lives her life passionately as an advocate for ALL mothers on ALL pathways of recovery. Frances is a Certified Addictions Counsellor, Author of A Reflection of Love ~ A Different Kind of Love Story and Former Radio Co-Host of Talk Recovery Vancouver, a show about addiction and recovery issues, located in the DTES of Vancouver, BC. Frances Stone’s greatest love and passion is for her three clever, curious and challenging growing tweens & teens!