CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

October 04, 2009

IN loving memory of:

Epi-pups:

 


Epi-pals:

 


Website Epi-pups:

Bethany's Nala Bill's Dudley Cindy's Snoopy
Dawn's Teddy Jan's Hobo Karen's Envy
Kay's Murry Rebecca's Bou Rosalind's Emma
Sandy's Errol

 


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Guardian Angel Joanne and Angels Pooh Bear and Asia Guardian Angel David and Max Guardian Angel Dell and Angel Poppy
Guardian Angel Diane and Molly Guardian Angel Dona and Paxon Guardian Angel Jill and Angel Molly
Guardian Angel John and Angel Edison Guardian Angel Linda and Angel Dallas Guardian Angel Linda K and Jim and Angel Bailey
Guardian Angel Marian and Tinker Guardian Angel Michael and Norman Guardian Angel Sharon and Tasha
Beth, Bailey and Angel Jasper Charlene and Shelby Cindy, Chivas and Angel Noble Aquila
Cindy and Goldie Debbie and Angel Abby Deena and Angel Jake
Donna, Sammy and Angel Lucky Elizabeth and Mikey Greg and Gini and Angel Suede
Greg, Sharon, Scamp and Angel Patch Kristine and Kaiser Lorraine and Angels Sony and Kodak
Margie and Angel Maggi Melissa and Angel Tucker Nacine and Varga
Patty and Zeumee Rich and the Brady Bunch

 

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... 


 

We began the ceremony with Guardian Angel Linda K
reading "An Indian Poem"

An Indian Poem

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.

 

We then lit candles for our epi pups who now live in our hearts forever:

GA Linda K's Bailey


Greg and Gini's Suede


Margie's Maggie



Melissa's Tucker

 

Next, the poem "The Gates of Heaven" was read by Guardian Angel Dell:

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 lightening candles for:

 

Deena's Jake

 

Debbie's Abby

 

Debbie's Simba

 

Erins's Zoe

 

 

We then said a silent prayer for these special epi pups
while Guardian Angel Jill read 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…

 


Next we lit candles for the epi-pals
 of our members and a candle for the webmail epi's.

 
GA Dona and Paxon's Buddy

 


Beth and Bailey's Jasper

 

Donna and Sammy's Lucky

 

Greg, Sharon and Scamp's Patch

 

Cindy and Chivas' Noble Aquila

 

Dr. Jean Dodds' kitty Sherri

 

Our Webmail Epi's

 

 

Guardian Angel Dona then read the poem "I'm Still Here": 

I'm Still Here


Please, please don't mourn for me
I'm still here, though you don't see.
I'm right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I'm always near.
I'm everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I'll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I'll never wander out of your sight-
I'm the brightest star on a summer night.
I'll never be beyond your reach-
I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

I'm the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.


When you start thinking there's no one to love you,
you can talk to me through the Lord above you.
I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.
Just look for me, friend, I'm everyplace!

 

 

 

Guardian Angel Linda K the read a selection from the poem “To Those I Love” while we lit a candle for the health and long life of our epi's still struggling with this devastating disease.


…Grieve not. Nor speak of me with tears but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you…I loved you so….’twas heaven here with you. 

 

 


The Candlelight Memorial Ceremony was then concluded.