MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

August 15, 2004

In loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  

Epi-pals:

Website Epi-pups:

Dee's Pebbles and Buttons Cindy's Chili Pepper Faith (owner's name unknown)
Ed's Marty Judy's Oliver "Ollie" Kathy's Copper
Sheri's Bambi Debi's Koko Barb's English Springer Spaniel
Peggy's Pugsley Dee's Pebbles Gay's Oliver
Darlene's Chyna Sue's Keygun Eileen's Toto
Kathryn's George Sue's Kelly and Buddy Ellen's Picabo
Toby's Bear Sue's Libby Linda's Sheltie
Dianne's Ted Tye's Abby Mickie's Bulldog
Shirley's Boomer Kim's Willow Sue's Mo
Sharon's Cinder Ruth's Rembrandt Pearl's Megan
Deb, Donnie & Kelli's Heidi Martha's Sandy Robin's Chester
Sue's Mo Lisa's Rosie Sandra's Sophie
Ann's Spice Krista's English Setter Viviane's Pepsi

Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Bert & Jas Beth & Angel Zuess Nancy & Angel Tahoe
Joanne & Angel Asia Maureen & Cutter Joanne & Bram
Pat & Dixie Rita & Wolf Jill & Molly
Louise & Angel Chaka Larissa & Angel Spike Rich & The Brady Bunch
Linda & Bailey Jan & Kirk Kathy & Angel Bandit
Angelo & Angel Cognac Vicky & Angel Duncan Marty & Lita
Paula & Angel Alex Chris & Tyler Sara & Molly
Laurie & Teddy Mary & Bear Cherry & Candy
  Hope & Peabody  
     
  Honored Guests:  
Dee & Angel Wally Gyula Gayle & Angel Thor Chris, Jane & Angel Shaq
Kerri & Angel Max Lou, Tracie & Angel Kody Jackie & Angel Maxwell
Lisa & Angel Riley Mary, Sean & Angel Levi Yvonne & Angel Quincy
(not able to attend but was remembered)

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 Mary 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.

Gyula Gayle's Thor




Kerri's Max




Jackie (J.C.)'s Maxwell




Lisa's Riley




Yvonne's Quincy




Chris and Jane's Shaq




Rita's Royal



Mary's Levi

Dee's Wally

Tracie's Kody





 

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

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.

Barb (and Linda & Angel Dallas's) Hannah




Maureen and Cutter's Sarah

Mary and Angel Tucker's Mollie

Julie and Aisha's Taffy





 

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.



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

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.