Dying Poem

My mother suffers from a very rare form of cancer. I wrote this to help ease the pain I'm feeling watching her suffer. She is not just a mom; she's my very best friend. She's never let me down. I believe in heaven and I know where she is going, but it still doesn't make this any easier for me. I hope others facing a loss of a parent can read this and find comfort in knowing that life after life is real, heaven is real and one day we will all be together again.
God bless.

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A Prayer For Mama

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Published: December 2011

My dear sweet heavenly father, I come to you today
with faith and hope; I ask, send an angel Mama's way.
I know her time is near and soon you'll take her home
to stroll across the streets of gold where other angels roam.
It's hard to watch her suffer and slowly fade away.
Help me, God, to understand; give me strength, I pray.
She means so much to all of us; forgive me for my fears.
Life will never be the same without her presence here.
My mother is my angel; she taught me how to love
and told me about you, Lord, and heaven up above.
When she crosses over and steps into the light,
tell her that I love her and when the time is right,
meet me at the pearly gates where everything's brand new.
We'll walk across God's meadow lands where skies are always blue.
Somewhere beyond the sunset every now and then,
I pray she watches over me until we meet again.



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  • Laura Maes by Laura Maes
  • 8 months ago

Words cannot express how deeply touched I am by these beautiful words!! As I sit next to my Princess, holding her hands and praying, your poem is so comforting. My heartfelt gratitude for putting into words what my heart has been trying to say. It's so hard to go through this with your mother. Thank you so much. May God bless you for your beautiful words.

  • Geraldine Waldron by Geraldine Waldron
  • 1 year ago

I found this beautiful prayer so comforting, and I used to say it silently to myself in my mother's final days. My niece said it as a reflection at my mother's funeral mass last Friday, March 9th. Thank you for sharing this poem. It can give comfort to family in sad times. ~Geraldine

  • Lindsay by Lindsay
  • 2 years ago

In my mom's final hours, I found this poem. I read it to her then, and I read it at her funeral. Words really couldn't express my pain. She put me through a lot. There were a lot of good times and a lot of bad times. She was unmarried, and I am only child. In such a short notice, what was I supposed to say at her funeral? She was full of love, life, and sometimes demons. But this poem said everything perfectly without making excuses or thinking about the bad...just the beautiful and good. This literally couldn't have been more perfect for me and for her. I have other family members who told their children to read this at their funeral. It is just perfection. Thank you for putting it here because reading it still helps me heal. I'm considering putting it at her grave site. Thank you, thank you!

  • Maira  Lazalde by Maira Lazalde
  • 2 years ago

I cannot express how much I love this poem. I can't explain the amount of love it shows. The feelings that were put into this and the wishes and hopes. The dreams and the expectations. So much emotion is put into this, pain, healing, and peace. It's like you wrote not just words but a song, a song of the heart. Each word comes together as one piece of a masterpiece. I guess what I'm trying to say is you have one great talent, one that can share your soul from the heart.

  • Jenny by Jenny
  • 3 years ago

I read this poem to my mum who had just days left. When she died, I think I died too, but this poem I also read at mum's funeral. Thank you for such a beautiful poem. It will always be in my family's hearts and written at Croydon Crematorium . Thank you always, Jenny.

  • Pj Rodgers by Pj Rodgers
  • 3 years ago

Kathy, words cannot express how deeply touched I am by these beautiful words. My Mom is in her last hours of earthly life as I sit with her and wait for her transition to heaven. My heartfelt gratitude for putting into words what my heart has been trying to say.

  • Amanda by Amanda, Orlando FL
  • 4 years ago

My Mother is in her final hours before seeing our Lord and being with my Father. I told my Mother two days ago that I am strong because of her and she needs to celebrate her new life with our Lord. I found this poem tonight and it was as if I wrote it from my heart. I read it to my Mother and she stirred a bit after but I said Mom, I'm fine. I am playing Merlin's Magic Reiki music by her bedside. She seems very relaxed and at peace right now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to express my feelings to my Mother. God Bless you!

  • Megan by Megan, Vancouver
  • 5 years ago

Thank you for these beautiful words. Please know your mother is watching over you, until that special day when y'all can be together again. As I will watch over my daughter when I am called home. I have been making my daughter (she is only two years old) a book. Because I have a very aggressive cancer that is slowly taking over my body. And I know before she is grown I will be called home. And don't want her to forget me, as she is very young. And this poem will fit perfectly in her book.

  • Cliff De Jong by Cliff De Jong
  • 5 years ago

Your words are profound. The emotion that your poem evokes has resulted in a remarkable transformation for me. I have searched for days just how I would support my dearest friend while she watches her mother slip away. Kathy, this poem, has helped many people. I thank you.

  • Sherry by Sherry, Frisco Tx
  • 6 years ago

I'm writing a testimonial to tell to a women's group I'm in next week! God has spoke to me to open up about it, my Moms death with breast cancer. He lead me to many scriptures, and to this poem. It spoke to me in ways only you understand. Thank you, and I am using it in my testimonial, of course giving you full credit. God bless :)

  • Lauren by Lauren
  • 6 years ago

It is amazing. I love the story/poem. It really speaks to me and my mom. She died 8 years ago so it speaks to me.

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