CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

June 07, 2009

IN loving memory of:

Missy Echo Candlochen 1947- 2009

 

Epi-pups:

 


Epi-pals:

 


Website Epi-pups:

 


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Guardian Angel Joanne and Angels Pooh Bear and Asia Guardian Angel Cathy and Zak Guardian Angel Debbie and Angel Baxter
Guardian Angel Dell and Angel Poppy Guardian Angel Dona and Paxon Guardian Angel Greg
Guardian Angel Jill and Angel Molly Guardian Angel John and Angel Edison Guardian Angel Judi and Angel Keno
Guardian Angel Linda and Angel Dallas Guardian Angel Michael and Norman Guardian Angel Sharon and Tasha
Guardian Angel Vicky and Angel Duncan Annette and Angel Tot's Jen Barbara and Angel Jake
Charlene and Shelby David and Max Debbie and Abby
Esther and Abby Elizabeth and Mikey Greg and Suede
Jo and Angel Brandy Kathy and Angel Mocha Kristine and Kaiser
Linda and Tyler Lorraine and Sony Lucia and HipHop
Nacine and Varga Olivia and Angel Katie Rich and Angel Cody
Rich, Coby and the Brady Bunch's Samantha Susan and Keeper Tina and Jaff's Dirk

 

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 Dona
reading the poem "A Million TImes I Will Miss You"

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…

 

After expressions of sympathy and love
were shared by those in attendance, a c
andle
 was lit for a special list member:

Missy Echo Candlochen

Next Missy's friend Barbara read a 
special prayer that she wrote for Missy:

Dear Missy, 

I knew you briefly but you touched my life by your kind and thoughtful words,
and your sweet, endearing ways in on eof my greatest times of need.
Always there with sound advice and southing words, you brightened the darkest days,
gave solace to a hurting heart and led me back to the sunshine. 
I know that you and your Spirit dog are at peace with the Lord.

Thank you Missy and with much love, 

Barbara

Our ceremony continued as we lit candles for our epi pups:

Susan's Sandy


Doretta's Dakotah


Rich's Cody



Olivia's Katie

Debbie's Baxter


 

Next, the poem "Tribute To A Best Friend" was read by Guardian Angel Vicky:

Tribute To A Best Friend

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor....
then I remember,
it's where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound....
then I remember,
It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can't be yours....
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memories
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

We continued lighting candles for our epi-pups:

 

Jo's Brandy

 

Kathy's Mocha

 

Tracy's Alvin


 

We then lit candles for the epi-pals of our members.
After each name was read, expressions of sympathy and love
were shared by those in attendance.
 

Guardian Angel Jill and Bill's Abby


Rich and Coby's Samantha

 

The poem "We Have A Secret" was read by Guardian Angel Jill:

We Have A Secret

We have a secret, you and I,
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.


We continued lighting candles for the epi-pals
 of our members who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

 
Annette and Angel Tot's Mom Jen

 


Tina and Angel Jaff's Dirk

 

Bev and Cody's Kitty Rosco

Debbie and Simba's Mom Bella

Barbara's Keats

 

 

Our ceremony continued with Guardian Angel Dell
reading the poem "Your Memory lasts": 

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.

 

 

We then lit a candle for the health and long life of our epi's
 still struggling with this devastating disease 
and another candle for the 5 epi's webmailers lost since February:

 

           

We concluded our candlelight memorial with the poem
"A Treasured Friend"  read by Guardian Angel Linda:
 

A Treasured Friend

I've lost a treasured friend
The little dog who used to lay
A gentle head upon my knee
And share silent thoughts with me. .
.
No longer will you come to my call
Retrieve no more your favorite ball
A voice far greater then my own
Has called you to return again "home".

Although my eyes are filled with tears,
I'm thankful for the happy years.
T'was Heaven being here with you
Giving me so much love and loyalty true..

When it is time for me to go
And join you there, this much I know. . .
I shall not fear the transient dark
For you will greet me with your bark.

 

 


The Candlelight Memorial Ceremony concluded.