MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY 

June 4, 2006

IN loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  


Epi-pals:


Website Epi-pups:

Ansley's Camden

Arlene's Duke Art and Joyce's Maggie

Becky, Jim and Silver's Ariella

Beverley's Louis

Cindy's Maggie

Cindy's Scout

Constance's puppy
(no name given)
Darran's Queenie

Dawn's Samson

Debbie's Pooper

Donna's Dodge

Donna's Simba

Elaine's pup
(no name given)

Emma and Jennica's Buckley

Gail's Benji

Joy and Danny's Jasmine

Kim's Jordan

Lynne's Bubby

Martha's Champ

Nadine's Dirk Pitt

Nicole's Pepper

Patti's Herman

Patty's Bailey

Rachel's Carter

Sarah's Jet

Scott and Barbara's Ripley

Sheryl's Hoss

Stan's Hobbs

6 week old puppy
(no names given)


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Andrea and Angel Molson GA Angelo and Angel Cognac GA Avionda and Nathaniel
GA Cathy and Zak

Cindy and Chivas

Elizabeth and Mikey

Gloria and Ciel

Jan and True GA Jill and Angel Molly
GA Joanne and Angel Asia GA John and Edison GA Julie and Aisha

Kathy and Dusty

GA Linda and Bailey GA Lisa and Angel Myka

GA Louise and Angel Chaka

Marilyn and Angel Miss Bridget

GA Maureen and Cutter

Michael and Norman

Olivia and Angel Goldie GA Pat and Angel Dixie

Pat and Puck

Patrick and Hannah and
Angel Leah
Patty and Zeumee
Rich and The Brady Bunch

GA Roberta and Jasmine and
Angel Gizmo

Sara and Molly

GA Sharon, Allison, Tasha and     Angel Sabrina

Susan and Angel Emma

Tina, Phil and Angel Jaff

GA Vicky and Angel Duncan

  Yvonne, Robert & Angel George


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

Bob and Nancyís Blaze



Dellís Poppy



 

Lisaís Myka



 

Marilynís Miss Bridget



 

Oliviaís Goldie



 

Phil and Tinaís Jaff



 

Susanís Emma



 

Yvonne and Robertís George
(The low flying missile that
does nose art on windows)


 

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

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

Guardian Angel Judi and Angel Keno's Ringo



 

Patrick and Hannah's Leah



 

Guardian Angel Roberta and Jasmine's Gizmo



 

Guardian Angel Sharon, Allison, and Tasha's Sabrina





 

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

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 againÖ




 

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 "Come to Me" was read by Guardian Angel Angelo:

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.