CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

May 25, 2008

IN loving memory of:

Guardian Angel Paula Schlecht Esther and Edward's son, Kimball Gage
Esther and Edward's Katy Bell Guardian Angel Dona's Father, Delmas Jordan

 

Epi-pups:

 


Epi-pals:

 


Website Epi-pups:

Alan's Carly Chris's Darby Claire's Blake
Diane's Payton Irma's Brandi Joelle's Tara
Kathy's Sunshine Kristi's Carmen Maggie's Millie
Maryann and Bobby's Rosie Michel, Tom and Jasper's Willow Rick's Murphy
Shenley's Toby Suzanne's Sadie Theresa and Sean's Chance
Wendy's Chuki

 


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Guardian Angel Cathy and Angel Zak Guardian Angel Dell and Angel Poppy Guardian Angel Diane and Angel 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 and Angel Dallas Guardian Angel Linda K and Bailey
Guardian Angel Michael and Norman Andrea and Angel Molson Beth and Murphy
David and Max Elizabeth and Mikey Esther W.
Fenne and Tyrone Greg Kathy and Angel Bandit
Kathy and Dusty Lorraine and Sony Louise and Angel Chaka
Marie and Jordan Marian and Tinker Mary and Angel Levi
Patty Gioffre Rich and The Brady Bunch 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 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, c
andles were lit for:

 

Guardian Angel Paula Schlecht


Esther and Edward's son, Kimball Gage

 

Esther and Edward's miniature Schnauzer Katy Bell

 

Guardian Angel Dona Jordan's father, Delmas Jordan

 

The poem "The Fragile Circle" was read by Guardian Angel Dell:

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.
 

Guardian Angel Cathy's Zak

Guardian Angel Judi's Jordy

 
Vicky's Chaco

 

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

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 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.

 

 
Rich and Coby's Noah

 


Amy's Joey


Lynee's Samee

 

Patty's Molly and Scooter Pooter

   

 

Nancy's Boo Bear

 

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 Dell's Blakey

 

Mary's Bingo

 

Jills's Jester

 

Kathy's Maggie

 

Bruce's Rudy Garland

 

David and Linda's Avery

 

Lorraines's Kodak

 

Ed and Celine's Muffin

 

Patrick's Clarice


 

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 Candlelight Memorial Ceremony concluded.