MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

January 29, 2006

IN loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  


Epi-pals:


Website Epi-pups:

Barb's Sheltie (name unknown)
Barbara's Sadie Carol's Bob
Debra's Bubbles Donna's Winky Donna and Art's Woody
Doreen's Tigga Elta's Keezha Jo and Lady's Betsy
Kristy's PJ Linda's Nicky Mariette's Max
Michele's Keyra Paula's Boris Sue's Dixie, Rusty, and horse
Tanya's Wyle   Tricia's Bud
Poodle (no names given)   Yellow Lab (no names given)


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Amy and Joey Andrea and Angel Molson GA Angelo and Angel Cognac
Anne and Angels
Katya and Max
GA Beth and Angels
Zuess and Sadie
BJ and Mamae
Cathy and Angel Baxter GA Cathy and Zak David and Max
Elizabeth and Mikey JC and Angels
Maxwell and Beaner
Jill and Angel Molly
GA Joanne and Angel Asia John and Edison Kathy and Angel Lucky
Kim and Angel Czar GA Laurie and Angel Teddy GA Linda and Angel Dallas
GA Linda and Bailey Lori and Angel Tanner GA Mary and Angel Bear
Melodie and Angel Ranger Nancy and Angel Tahoe GA Pat and Angel Dixie
GA Paula, Angel Alex
and Little Guy
Rene and Honey Renee and Angel Snowball
Rich and The Brady Bunch GA Rita and Wolf GA Roberta and Jasmine
Sara and Molly Sharon and Tasha Susan and Sandy and
Angel Scamp
GA Vicky and Angel Duncan   Wanda and Precious


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 Jill 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 September.
After each name was read,
expressions of sympathy and love
were shared by those in attendance.

Cathy’s Baxter



Cherry's Candy



 

Kathy's Lucky



 

Lori's Tanner



 

Nicole's Marty




 

Renee's Snowball




 


 

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

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 September.
After the names were read, attendees shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.

Guardian Angel Beth and Angel Zuess's Sadie



 

Diane and Molly's Rachael



 

Guardian Angel Jan and Kirk's Kopper



 

JC and Angel Maxwell's Beaner



 

Guardian Angel Judi and Angel Keno's Sox



 

Kim, David and Max's Czar

 

Mary and Nelson's Maggie

 

Susan and Sandy's Scamp

 

Vicki and Angel Kimmie's Rudy

 


 

The poem "A Million Times I Will Miss You" was read by
Guardian Angel Linda (and Angel Dallas):

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

       

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

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.




The Memorial Candlelighting Ceremony concluded.