MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

December 5, 2004

In loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  

Epi-pals:

Website Epi-pups:

Anita's Molly MacDog
Ann's Buddy Anthony's Cain
Ashley's Redd
Barbara's Duke Carole's Porky
Christine's Parris & Pepper
Darlene's Shadow Denise's Lyric
Donalda (Sam)'s Peesha
Ivy's Pepper Pie Jim's Cody
Joseph's Treenook
Laurie's Thunder Lizette's Zeus
Maggie's Munchkin
Marcus's Jim Nancy's Saber and Micky
Polly and Beverly's Honey Bun
Samantha's Bob Sharon's Rommel
Sherry's Jamaica Spring
Susan's Dillon Terri's Brin
 
Wendy's D'Arcy
 

Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Andrea and Angel Molson Beth and Angel Zuess Bill, Jill and Angel Molly
BJ and Mamae Cara and Boomer
Carol and Angel Sage
Cherry and Candy Gyula Gale and Angel Thor Hope and Peabody
Jackie and Angel Maxwell Joanne and Angel Asia Joanne and Bram
John and Edison Judy and Angel Bear Julie and Aisha
Karen and Angel Ginger Kathleen and Angel Pepper Kathy and Angel Bandit
Kathy and Mocha Larissa and Angel Spike Laurie and Teddy
Linda and Bailey Louise and Angel Chaka Mary, Dan and Angel Bear
Maureen and Cutter Nancy and Angel Tahoe Olivia and Goldie
Pat and Dixie Patti and Angel Rainbow Paula, Little Guy and Angel Alex
Rita and Wolf   Vicky and Angel Duncan

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 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.

Andrea's Molson




Carol's Sage




Diana's Cassie




Jill's Molly


 

Judy's Bear




Karen's Ginger




Louise's Mischa




Mary's Bear


Yvonne's Inge





 

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.


 

The ceremony continued by lighting candles for and remembering the epi-pals
of our members who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge since August.
After the names were read, attendees shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.

Beth and Angel Zuess and Mary's Miola


 

Deena and Jake's Sassy




Joanne and Bram's Jim


 

Julie and Aisha's Taffy


 

Kathleen and Angel Pepper's Zac


 

Maureen and Cutter and Jack and Melinda's Jake


 

Nancy and Angel Tahoe's Squeak


 

Olivia and Goldie's Maggie


 

Patti and Angel Rainbow's Chip


 

Roberta and Jasmine's Patch and Maxipus

        
 

Vicky and Angel Duncan's Laddie


 

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 Beth:

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.