MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

October 13, 2002

In loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  

Epi-pals:

Camilla's Less Cathy's Mogie Michelle

Debbie's Stasha

Jan and Ed's Kenai and Bailey Judi's Spencer Ken and Suzie's Bear
Lorianne's Morrison Marilyn's Hedy Terri and Bruce's Max
Tina's Lucky and Smokey (missing)

Website Epi-pups:  

Allison's Dingo

Anthony and Nicole's Smokey Barry's Ozzy
Bobbi's Holly Bonnie's pup Brittany's Duke

Cath's Cleo

Cheryl's Shepherd David's Wendy
Debbie's Gerdie Dieter Di's Cuff
Doe's Mariah Eric and Pat's Nikki Felicity's Sage
Gail's Lulu Hazel Jan's Sable
Kehau's Manu Kevin's Rocky Laraine's Happi
Linda's Heidi Lori's Stollie Marg and Steven's Banyan
Marilyn's Bailey Martha's Sarah Megan
Melissa's Pearl Nancy's Sadie Norma's Buddy
Pat's Brewster Peggy's pup Stephanie's Simba

Steve and Mandy's Roxie

 

Traci's Rosie

Poems:  

 

Do Dogs Go To Heaven?

 

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... 


 

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

Paula's Alex

 Cathy's Mogie Michelle

Debbie's Stasha

Jan and Ed's Kenai and Bailey

   

Judi's Spencer

Lorianne's Morrison




 

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.


 

The ceremony continued by lighting candles for and remembering the epi's and 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.

Anita's Tyler

 

Camilla's Susanna and Less

   

David's Shadam

Gena's Ricky

Judy's Brutus

Kathy's Bandit

Ken and Suzie's Guvner B and Bear

   

Laura's Fleur

Lisa's Ashley

Marilyn's Hedy

Martha's Scooby

Melissa's Maggie

Michele's Brutus

Michele's Gizmo

Mike's Sasha

Norman and Laurie's Gypsy

Pat's Nugget

Patti's Rainbow

Sue's Lea

Terri and Bruce's Myatuk and Max

   

Tina's Willy and Lucky and Smokey (missing)

       

Vince's Dusty


 

Guardian Angel Chris 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…


 

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.

Special prayers were offered for Angela's Biscuit and for Camilla's friend's Ambrogia.

The Memorial Ceremony was then concluded.



Do Dogs Go To Heaven?
By Dan Atcheson (5/2/00)

My little bully passed away, no more to breathe a sound.
I held him for the last time, then entombed him in the ground.
Day and night I wept so much, in tears I thought I'd drown.
I searched my soul for comfort, but no peace therein was found.  


In great despair, I hit my knees and then began to pray.
"Father will I ever see, my dog again someday?"
I raised my eyes and an angel standing near a gate.
I sensed an inner peace I'd never felt before that day.

The angel smiled and said to me, "Oh man of little faith!
God sees every bird that falls: He knows your furkid's fate.
I have met your little dog and I saw him pass my way.
Your precious dog is still alive; he just walked through this gate.

Paradise is lovelier than you can comprehend.
No pain or grief, no tears or fears, and life will have no end.
God gave to man His only Son, to cover all his sins.
So why would God withhold from you, your pure and loving friend?"

The angel took me by the hand and said, "Now come with me.
A glimpse of paradise I'll give, to you so you can see."
Through the gate and o'er the Rainbow Bridge we did proceed.
Through green valleys filled with flowers, rolling hills, and trees.

"So this is paradise," I said.  The place was filled with joy.
I saw my furkid playing there, with dogs and cats and toys.
He also had some doggie treats, and food that he enjoyed.
He'd made a lot of new friends there, including girls and boys.

Then I saw a child come near, and hug my little mate.
She said to him, "I love you so," and kissed him on the face.
The angel said, "The child just crossed the Rainbow Bridge today.
Now she needs a little friend, to love and help her play.

God's love for her would be enough, in that make no mistake.
But in His love, He knew full wee, the child would need a mate.
That is why God called your dog unto this splendid place.
God's entrusted her to him, 'til you pass through the gate."

I pleaded, "May I hug them both?"  The angel answered, "No,
You'd violate a sacred site, and now it's time to go."
He led me back across the Bridge and through the gate to home.
He left me there with newfound hope and peace within my soul.

If someone ever asks what happens to a dog that dies,
Just give a gentle smile of joy and look them in the eye.
Take their hand and comfort them and tell them not to cry.
For dogs don't die, they simply cross a bridge to paradise.



 

Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Anita and Angel Tyler

Anne and Little Man

Bev and Cody

Cathy and Zak
and Angel Mogie Michelle

Chris and Tyler

Deb and Dude

Debbie and Baxter and Angel Stasha

Jan and Kirk and Angels Kenai and Bailey

Joanne, Lucy and Zoe

Judy and Bear

Kathy and Angel Bandit

Ken and Suzie and Angels Guvner B and Bear

Linda and Xander

Lorianne and Angels Harley and Morrison

Mary Jane and Maggie May

Norman, Laurie and Angel Gypsy

Paula, Angel Alex and Little Guy

Pat and Angel Nugget

Pat and Dixie

Rita and Wolf

Roberta and Jasmine

Robin and Missy

Susan and Sandy

Terri and Bruce and Angels Myatuk and Max

Tina and Angels Willy
and Lucky and Smokey (missing)

Vicky and Angel Duncan