CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

January 13, 2008

IN loving memory of:

Epi-pups:


Epi-pals:


Website Epi-pups:

Yvonne's Ben Karen's Blossom Jamie's Faith
Stephanie's Scout Connie and John's Max Scott and Ruthie's Widget
Maria's Buddy Justine's Pepper Robin's Miko
Maribel's Pacey Larry and Niki's Emma Bob and Sharon's Lexie
Rob and Judy's Harley Michelle's Charlie Jennifer's Daisy
Donna's Shannon Richard's Snoopy Robin's Baby Fadge
Blanche's Bossy Lili's Rocky Mary's Bandit
Mark and Kari's Boaz Teresa's Diva John and Julie's Poppy


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Andrea and Angel Molson Anne and Angel Little Man Bev and Cody
Beverly and Angel Alex Chris and Angel Tyler Debbie and Rob and Angel Billy
Elizabeth and Mikey Guardian Angel Dell and Angel Poppy Guardian Angel Diane and Molly
Guardian Angel Dona and Paxon Guardian Angel Jill and Angel Molly Guardian Angel Joanne and Angel Asia
Guardian Angel John and Angel Edison Guardian Angel Linda, Dax and Angels Cricket and DC Guardian Angel Linda K, Bailey and Waldo
Guardian Angel Michael and Norman Guardian Angel Sharon and Tasha Guardian Angel Tina and Angel Jaff
Guardian Angel Vicky and Angel Duncan Greg - EGA Webmaster Helen and and Angel Sonja
Hope and Angel Peabody Kathy and Dusty Lois and Angel Stout
Mary and Angel Scout Melodie and Angel Ranger Nancy and Angel Haley
Pattie and Angel Lucas Rene and Honey Rich and the 7pack of Golden's
Rich and Yvonne's Angel Kayla Roberta and Angel Jasmine Roberta and Angel Clancy


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

Guardian Angel Chris's Tyler

Roberta's Jasmine (Bert's Jas)

 
Roberta's Clancy


Pat's Lucas


Bev's Trooper and Kitty Baxter
   


Anne's Little Man


Hope's Peabody


Helen's Sonja

 

Nancy's Haley

 

Nancy's Luke

 

Mary's Scout

 

Lois's Stout

 

Beverly's Alex

 

Debbie and Rob's Billy



 

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

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 August.
After the names were read, those in attendance
shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.
 

Guardian Angel Linda's Cricket and DC

   

Oliva's Chiquita

Rich, Yvonne's and epi Cody's pal Kayla







 

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.



 

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.


       


A special poem from your beloved pets was read by Guardian Angel Linda K.

I give you this,
one thought to keep,
I am with you still,
I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken
in the morning's hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars
that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone-
I am with you still,
in each new dawn.


The Candlelight Memorial Ceremony concluded.