MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

August 24, 2003

In loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  

Epi-pals:

Website Epi-pups:
 

Alexis' Bonnie Rae Becky's Tyson Cheryl's Tank
Diane's pup Erin's Berkley Helen's Arizona
Kathy's Spot Kathy & Bill's Lucky Laura's Doodlebug
Martha's Mac Melissa and mom's Mimi Migdalia's Tango
Paula's pup Phillip and Aline's Treasure Sandra's Max
Sofia's Camilla Tosh Vickie's Dachshund puppy

  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,
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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... 


 

The ceremony began with Guardian Angel Pat reading the poem "The Fragile Circle."

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 continued by remembering and lighting candles
for the epi-pup's of our members
who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge since April.
After each name was read,
expressions of sympathy and love
were shared by those in attendance.




Anne's Katya


Barbara's Jeter




Bev's Tazz




Debbie's Moe


Eva's Boris


Harry's Kobi




Jackie's Moon



Jill's Boyd




Karen's Mags




Kelly's Bailey




Kirk's Jack


Louise's Chaka




Mara's Hannabel




Phyllis's Aja


Stephanie's Mattingly


Yasmin's Anka


 

Guardian Angel Laurie 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.

Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again…


 

The ceremony continued by lighting candles for and remembering the epi-pals
of our members who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge since April.
After the names were read, attendees shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.


Cynthia and Bogie's Dusty


Dana's Raggit




David and Linda
and Max's Sylvester




Debbie and Baxter's Nikki


Kathleen and Pepper's Flannery
 

Linda and Family's Mali (Molly)




Mindy and Suki's Napoleon "Pone"




Shirley and Xena's Marshy


 

The poem "The Gates of Heaven" was read by Guardian Angel Mary Jane.

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 lit a candle for the pups some of us have come to know
through our webmail contacts who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge since April.

Guardian Angel Roberta read the poem "Come to Me."

Come to Me

God saw you getting tired
When a cure was not to be
So He closed His arms around you
And whispered, "Come to Me."

You didn't deserve what you went through
and so He gave you rest,
God's garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best.

And when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful and free from pain,
We could not wish you back
To suffer that again.

We ended by lighting a candle for the health and long life of
our epi-pups who continue to fight this devastating disease.

The Memorial Ceremony was then concluded.




 

Memorial Ceremony attended by:


Anne and Angel Katya
Beth and Angel Zuess
Bev and Angel Tazz
Bev and Cody
Cherry and Candy
Cynthia and Bogie and Angel Dusty
Debbie and Baxter and Angel Nikki
Eva and Angel Boris
Jackie and Angel Moon
Jill and Angel Boyd
Joanne, Lucy, and Zoe

Julie and Aisha

Kathleen and Pepper and Angel Flannery
Kelly and Angel Bailey
Laurie and Teddy
Linda and Angel Rhett
Linda and Xander
Lori and Tanner
Louise and Angel Chaka

Mary Jane and Maggie May (and Lily)
Nancy and Dasha

Pat and Dixie
Phyllis and Angel Aja
Roberta and Jasmine
Robin and Missy
Sandra and Lucky

Vicky and Angel Duncan
Yasmin and Angel Anka