MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

April 17, 2004

In loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  

Epi-pals:

Website Epi-pups:

Arjo's Casey Audrey's elderly rescue pup Bill and Phyllis's Samantha  
Bob Crorkin's Sugar C. Stevens' Myka Cassi's Xander  
Cheri's Jade Chuck and Pat's Dale Dave's Rudy  
David's Beau Zeau (Bozo) David and family's Two Socks Erny's Snuggles  
Ingrid's Roxie John's Ali John's Chance  
John and Karen's Paco Karin's Tyson Kim's Lola  
Linda's Phoenix Linda's Tim Michelle's Rocky  
Netty's Kristy Sabina's Gigi Sally's Trixie  
Sheri's Dakotah Sheri-su's Windy Tiffany's pup (name unknown)  
Trisha's Mija (epi-pal)   Pup and owner (names unknown)  

Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Andrea and Angel Flic

Angelo and Angel Cognac

Angela, Steve and Angel Biscuit

BJ and Mamae

Barbara and Angel Max

Becky and Angel Tiki

Beth and Angel Zuess

Bev and Cody

David and Max

Deb and Angel Ollie

Faith and Angel Smokey

Fenne and Angel Tyrone

Fran and No'ess

Jan and Kirk and Angel Kasey

Janenne and Sam

Jill and Molly

Joanne, Lucy and Zoe

Kathleen and Angel Pepper

Larissa and Angel Spike

Laurie and Teddy

Laura and Angel Aldo

Linda and Bailey

Linda and Angel Dallas

Mary and Bear

Mary and Levi

Mary Jane and Maggie May

Maureen and Cutter

Ngaire and Angel Sheba

Pat and Dixie

Paula, Little Guy and Angel Alex

Rita and Wolf

Roberta and Jasmine

 

Tina, Angel Willy and

Angel Sweetheart  

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... 


 

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

Andrea's Flic




Angela and Steve's Biscuit




Barbara and Scott's Max




Becky's Maddie




Becky's Tiki




Darcy's Paris




Diana and John's Paige



Fenne's Tyrone




Kathleen's Pepper



Kathy's Nero




Larissa's Spike




Laura's Aldo




Linda's Dallas




Mary Jane's Dana




Ngaire's Sheba




Shirley's Niles




Sue's Tara





 

Guardian Angel Maureen 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 December.
After the names were read, attendees shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.

Jan, Ed and Kirk's Kasey




Tina and Angel Willy's Sweetheart





 

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

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 epi-pups we lost from webmail moms and dads
who corresponded through our website with our Guardian Angels.



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 happy life of all
our epi-pups who are still struggling with this devastating disease.



The Memorial Ceremony was then concluded.