CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

August 12, 2007

IN loving memory of:

Epi-pups:


Epi-pals:


Website Epi-pups:

Pat, Alan and Anne's Ben
Gary and Cindy's Knut
Paulette and Scott's Emmit
Celeste's Bridget
Donna's Brownie Elke's Sammy
Linda's Tiny
Darlene's Dara Rick and Elizabeth's Maggie
Scott's Randy
Rick's Ernie Manuela's Pookie
Brandie's Oscar
Belinda's Sadie Loretta and Andrew's Dennis
Peter, Heather and Kim's Zo'ee and Zazu
Linda's Elvis Donna's Wolfie
Trina's Lexxi
Patricia's Muffin Glenda's Allie
Jeanne and Andy's Millie
Wendy's Molly Shannon's Molly
Larry and Cindy's Bishop
Bennie's Queenie


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

BJ, Mamae and Angels Lulu and Aka Cindy and Chivas Cindy and Goldie
Denise and Angel Hunter Web Angel Dell and Angel Poppy Guardian Angel Diane and Molly
Guardian Angel Dona and Paxon Web Angel Janet and Angel Luke Guardian Angel Jill and Angel Molly
Guardian Angel Joanne and Angel Asia Guardian Angel John and Angel Edison Guardian Angel Linda and Angel Dallas
Guardian Angel Linda and Bailey

Guardian Angel Lisa and Angel Myka

Web Angel Michael and Norman
Guardian Angel Pat and Angel Dixie Guardian Angel Tina and Angel Jaff Guardian Angel Sharon and Tasha
Helen and Sonja Jan and True Kathy, Dusty and Angels Cinnamon and Cricket
Kathy and Mocha Kelly and Angel Samantha Kristyn and Angel Wren
MissyEcho and Angel Spirit Pat and Lucas

Patty and Zeumee

Pinkee and Angel Newton

Greg Rich, Coby and Angel Cody


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 Sharon
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-pups 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.
 

Guardian Angel John's Edison


Rich and Coby's Cody


Gena's Happi


Denise's Hunter


Kelley's Sammy


Kristyn's Wren


Pinkee's Newton


 

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

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, those in attendance
shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.
 

Web Angel Avionda and Nathaniel's kitty Clea



Kathy and Dusty's Cinnamon and kitty Cricket
      


BJ and Mamae's Lulu and Aka
      


Hope and Peabody's Walden



 

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

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 candles for the epi-pups we lost from webmail moms and dads
who corresponded through our website with our Guardian Angels
and
for
the health and happy lives of all our epi-pups
who are still struggling with this devastating disease.


       

The poem "Your Memory Lasts" was read by Guardian Angel Dell.

Your Memory Lasts

Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile
Little do they know the heartaches,
That our smiles hide, all the while.

Beautiful memories are wonderful things,
That last 'til the longest day.
They never wear out, they never get lost,
And can never be given away.

To some you may be forgotten,
To others, a part of the past,
But to those who love and lost you,
Your memory will always last.



The Candlelight Memorial Ceremony concluded.