CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

April 25, 2010

IN loving memory of:

Epi-pups:

 


Epi-pals:

 


Website Epi-pups:

Ann's Max Doug and Brooke's  Bernie Judith's Brodie
Monica's Tucker Robert's Melly S.B's Toonee
Skip's Abby Sue's Dublin Tricia's Cassie

 


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

 

Guardian Angel Joanne and Angels Pooh Bear and Asia Web Angel David and Max Guardian Angel Dell and Angel Poppy
Guardian Angel Dona and Paxon Guardian Angel Diane and Molly Guardian Angel Jill and Angel Molly
Guardian Angel Linda K and Angel Bailey Guardian Angel Linda and Angel Dallas Guardian Angel Marian and Tinker
Guardian Angel Michael and Norman Guardian Angel Vicky and Angel Duncan Beth and Murphy
Carol and Angel Spartan Charlene and Shelby Gerrie and Abbie
Greg, Gini, Angel Suede and Angel Kassie Heather, Roxanne and Angel Lulu Laura and Franci
Liz and Angel Mikey Mark and Angel Herbert Rich and the Brady Bunch
Roger, Pam and Luke Sue, Keeper and Angel Mel

Poems:




THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

 Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
t
hat pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

  All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing:
they each miss someone very special, someone who has been left behind.


They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver.
Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into those trusting eyes,
so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together... 


 

We began the ceremony with Guardian Angel Dell
reading "The Fragile Circle"

We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own,
live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan.


 

We then lit candles for our epi pups who now live in our hearts forever:

 

Carol and Michael's Spartan


Liz's Mikey


Mark's Herbert



Nan's Beavis

 

Susan's Belle

 

Next, the poem "The Gates of Heaven" was read by Guardian Angel Jill:

The Gates of Heaven

When I got to the gates of heaven
After we said goodbye,
I began to miss you terribly,
Because I heard you cry.

Suddenly there was an angel,
And she asked me to enter heaven's gate.
I asked her if I could stay outside
For someone who would be late.

I wouldn't make much noise you see,
I wouldn't bark or howl,
I'll only wait here patiently
And play with my tennis ball.

The angel said I could stay right here
And wait for you to come,
Because heaven just wouldn't be heaven
If I went in alone.

So I'll wait right here, you take your time,
But keep me in your heart,
Because heaven just wouldn't be heaven
Without you to warm my heart.

 

We continued by lighting candles for our special epi-pals:

 
Greg and Gini's Kassie

 


Sue and Keeper's brother Mel

 

Heather and Roxanne's Lulu

 

Laurie and Scooter's Rip

 

Nina and Freddy’s Rita

 

We then said a silent prayer for these special epi pals
while Guardian Angel Vicky read the poem
"A Million Times I Will Miss You"
 

A Million Times I Will Miss You

They say memories are golden
Well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I will miss you,
A million times I will cry
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still,
In my heart you hold a place
No other pup could ever fill.

It broke my heart to lose you
But you did not go alone
For part of me went with you
The day God called you home.

Your precious memory is my keepsake,
With which I'll never part.
God has you safe in His keeping
But I'll have you forever in my heart.

If tears could build a stairway
And heartache make a lane
I'd walk the path to heaven
And bring you back again.

 

Guardian Angel Linda K the read a selection from the poem “To Those I Love” while we lit a candle for the 10 webmail pups who have gone to the Bridge since October and a candle for the health and long life of our epi's still struggling with this devastating disease.


…Grieve not. Nor speak of me with tears but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you…I loved you so….’twas heaven here with you. 

 

 

 


The Candlelight Memorial Ceremony was then concluded.