MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

March 30, 2003

In loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  

Epi-pals:

Website Epi-pups:  

Anne and Brian's Milly Baby Gizmo Elodie's Bud
Carol's Daisy Carrie's Zeke Chris's Johann
Danielle's pup Darcy's Rosie Darlene's Gunner
Sharon and Jim's Dudley Ellen's Puddin' Glenda's Henry
Glenda's Sike Jennifer's Boone Joe and Toni's Chance
Judy and Joe's Chica Julie's Bubba Karen and Art's Sadie
Karolina's Banjo Leanna's Kiowa Lisa, Jim, Nicholas, and
Alexander's Romeo
Myrtle's Sheba Pam's Tootsie Pat's Dakota
Paula's Jack Sunny Tammy's Bambi
  Vicki's Bogy  

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 Rita 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 began the ceremony tonight by remembering
our dear friend Vince, the Blue Frog Prince,
who left this life in January 2003
and is now with his beloved Brandon and Dusty.

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

Beth's Zuess


 

Bonnie's Jack


 

Bonnie's Sam


 

Carol's Jake


 

Darlene's Murphy


 

Deb's Ollie




Elaine's Teddy




Eric's Harley


Gail's Toby





Jeane's Lacy



Jerry's Katie


Jim's Gabe



Jim and Sue's Alex



Mary Anne's Bucky



Nancy's Tahoe



Peter's Rommel



Randi's Kody



Rich and Coby's Isaiah (Zay)



Robyn's Kelsey



Steve and Marie's Mickey



Terri's Sandy



Terrie's Cassaday



Vince and Ann's Brandon




 

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 October.
After the names were read, attendees shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.

Chris and Tyler's Shiner




Dale and Sam's Zoey





Faith and Smoky's Shutzie




Kathy and Dusty's Snickers




Laurie and Teddy's Emma




Olivia and Goldie's Edmund




Robin and Missy's Sadie




Shirley and Xena's Halo




Tina and Carly's Simon


 

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 then 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.

We then lit 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:

Angelo and Cognac
Anne and Little Man

Anne and Shaft

Annette and Raleigh
Barbara and Maz

Barbara and Molly

Beth and Angel Zuess
Bev and Cody
Bonnie and Angel Jack
Bonnie and Molly
Cara and Boomer
Carol and Angel Jake
Cherry and Candy

Chris and Tyler
and Angel Shiner
Cynthia and Bogie
Dale and Sam and Angel Zoey
Darlene and Angel Murphy
Deb and Angel Ollie
Deb and Dude
Debbie and Leo
Debbie and Simba
Diana and Paige
Eric and Angel Harley
Faith and Smoky and Angel Shutzie
Gail and Angel Toby

Jan and Kirk
Jeanne and Angel Lacey
Jerry and Angel Katie
Jill and Boyd
Jim and Angel Gabe

Joanne, Lucy and Zoe
Kathleen and Darby

Kathy and Angel Bandit
Kathy and Dusty and Angel Snickers
Kirk and Jack
Laurie and Teddy and Angel Emma

Mary Jane and Maggie May
Maureen and Cutter
Mindy and Suki
Nancy and Angel Tahoe
Olivia and Goldie and Angel Edmund

Paula, Angel Alex and Little Guy
Pat and Dixie
Peter and Angel Rommel
Rich, Coby and Angel Isaiah (Zay)
Rita and Wolf
Roberta and Jasmine
Robin and Missy and Angel Sadie
Stacy and Tracker

Sue and Angel Alex
Susan and Maggie
Terri and Angel Sadie
Terrie and Angel Cassaday
Tine and Carly and Angel Simon

Vicky and Angel Duncan
Vince's wife Ann and Angel Brandon...
with Vince watching over us all.