MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

April 17, 2005

This evening's Memorial Ceremony is dedicated to

Cara Donlon

beloved daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, friend,
and loving and devoted "Mom"
to Boomer, her epi-chocolate Lab.

Cara passed from this life far too soon on April 10, 2005.
We will miss her....

High Flight
A poem for Cara

In loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  


Epi-pals:


Website Epi-pups:

Buster's Baker Lee
Candi's Buster Christopher's Boomer
Corene's Smudge
Dan & Lynn's Gus
Deb's Lexi Star
Dee's Boomer
Eileen's Charley Eileen's Cindy
Esra's Mia
Gail's Bepi Gillian's Tara
Heather's Lauren
Heather's Rough Collie Jan's Bandit
Jeannine's Harley
Jim's Piper John's Maxx
Karen's Allie
Karen's Jake Karen & Karolyn's Tiger Lilly
Karla's Snowball
Kathi's Jessi Kathie's Lucky
Kyra's Oscar
Mallika's Smooth Fox Terrier Marge's terrier mix
May & Joe's Sadie
Michelle's Tippy Paula's Bootsie
Rebecca's Benny
Renee's Buster Rondel's Jake
Rosa's Chimi
Sare's Chloe Stephanie's Bunkey
Sue's Emmie
Sue's Lovey Sue & Tom's Casey
Suzanne's Sara
Teresa's Yogi Bear Tom's Talo
Vicky & Kim and Sara's Hank
Wendy's Khan Lab/Shepherd mix
(no names given)


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Cara Donlon's Family

Amy and Joey Andrea and Angel Molson Barbara and Angel Jake
Beth and Angel Zuess Brenda and Angel Miko
Deb and Angel Ollie
Dell and Poppy Diane and Bj Diane and Molly and
Angel Camille
Donna and Hunter Hope and Peabody Jan and True
Jeanne and Angel Kaiser Jill and Angel Molly Joanne and Angel Asia
Joanne and Bram John and Edison Jude and Jackie
Julie and Aisha Kathleen and Angel Pepper Kathleen and Darby
Kathy and Dusty Kelly and Angel Sam Laurie and Angel Teddy
Linda and Angel Dallas Linda and Bailey Linda and Mia and Angel Loba
Lisa and Myka Louise and Angel Chaka Marian and Tinker and
Angel Girlfriend
Mary and Angel Bear Mary and Angel Levi Maureen and Cutter
Melodie and Angel Ranger MissyEcho and Spirit Olivia and Goldie and
Angels Maggie, BB, Pete & Pokey
Pat and Angel Dixie Paula, Angel Alex and Little Guy Renee' and Meko
Rita and Wolf Roberta and Jasmine Sare and Angel Chloe


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 Roberta
reading the poem "High Flight" as we lit 
the way for Cara on her journey.

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies of laughter-silvered clouds;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.  Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


 

The ceremony continued 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 November.
After each name was read,
expressions of sympathy and love
were shared by those in attendance.

Barb's Maz


 


Barbara's Jake



 

Brenda's Miko



 

Chantel & Stacey's Miles



 

Jeanne's Kaiser





Jerry's Breeze



 

Kelly's Sam




 

Guardian Angel Laurie's Teddy

 

Mary's Arwen



 

Melodie's Ranger



Nan & Bill's Lesley

 

Guardian Angel Pat's Dixie

 

Rich & Coby's Toby and Dusty

    

 

Stacy's Tracker


 

The poem "The Gates of Heaven" was read by Guardian Angel Linda:

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-pals
of our members who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge since November.
After the names were read, attendees shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.


Diane and Molly's Camille (kitty)



 

Joanne and Bram's Caoimhe



 

Linda and Mia's Loba



 

Marion and Tinker's Girlfriend



 

Olivia and Goldie's Maggie, BB, Pete and Pokey

              

 

Patrick and Hannah's Zeke


 


 

The poem "A Million Times I Will Miss You" was read by Guardian Angel Maureen:

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 lit a candle for the epi-pups we lost from webmail moms and dads
who corresponded through our website with our Guardian Angels.



The poem "Come to Me" was read by Guardian Angel Louise:

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.