MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY  

September 18, 2005

IN loving memory of:

Epi-pups:  


Epi-pals:


Website Epi-pups:

Ana's Gala

Anna's Bailey Barb's Kal-El

Carol's Fritzy

Cheryl's Kayla

Chuck and Brenda's Jessi

Debbie's Moppet

Debbie's pup
(name unknown)
Deborah's Belle

Denise's Paco

Ellen's Teddy

Heidi's Lukie

JaLinda's Jake

Jan's Shumanie

Janetta's puppy
(name unknown)

Janice's GSD
(name unknown)

Janie's Pretty

Jeanni's Nugget

Jenn and Jaeger's Goodwin

John's Jonah Judy's Maggio

Julie's Cali

Karen's Jaime Kenny's Buddy

Kim's Conan and Shadoe

Margo's Travis

Marsha's Samson

Martha's Bonnie

Mary's Rufus

Michael's pup
(name unknown)

Nigel and Anne's Casey

Okee's Aimee

Pamela's Chevy

Patti's Maggie

Patty's Lady

Rick's Sheba

Sam and Audrilee's Sugar

Shelley's Max

Shondra's Maverick

Stacey's Smokey

Terri's Ozzy

Trish's Tigger and Pooh

Rick and Vicki's
Corey and Mocha

Vish's Ridgeback/Lab mix
(name unknown)

Wendy's black Lab
(name unknown)
 

Golden Retriever
(names unknown)

 


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Andrea and Angel Baby Andrea and Angel Molson GA Angelo and Angel Cognac
Anne and Angels
Katya and Max
Barbara and Angel Jake
GA Chris and Tyler
Cindy and Goldie Dell and Poppy Diane and Molly
Don and Angel Shishi Faith and Angels Smokey
and Seegas
Fran and Angels No'ess
and Miss Maggie
Hope and Peabody JC and Angels Maxwell
and Elsa Jane
GA Jan and Kirk
Jill and Angel Molly GA Joanne and Angel Asia Joanne and Angel Bram
GA Julie and Aisha Kathleen and Darby
and Angel Abigail
GA Larissa and Angel Spike
GA Laurie and Angel Teddy GA Linda and Angel Dallas GA Maureen and Cutter
Michelle and Tim
and Angel Dayshus
MissyEcho and Angel Spirit GA Pat and Angel Dixie
GA Paula, Angel Alex
and Little Guy
GA Roberta and Jasmine Vicki and Angel Kimmie


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 Pat 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-pup's of our members
who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge since April.
After each name was read,
expressions of sympathy and love
were shared by those in attendance.


Andrea's Baby



Bill and Denise's Madison 



 

Debbie's Simba



 

Faith and Angel Smokey's Seegas 



 

Fran's No'ess





Joanne's Bram



 

Len's Missy




MissyEcho's Spirit



 

Renee's Meko



 

Tim and Michelle's Dayshus 



Vicki's Kimmie 


 


 

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

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 November.
After the names were read, attendees shared their thoughts and feelings with the group.

Anne and Angel Katya's Max



 

Fran and Angel No'ess's Miss Maggie



 

JC and Angel Maxwell's Elsa Jane



 

Kathleen and Darby's Abigail



 

Olivia and Goldie's Pooh



 

Guardian Angel Robin and Missy's Ellie




 

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

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 life of all our epi-pups
who are still struggling with this devastating disease.
.

       

The poem "Come to Me" was read by Guardian Angel Paula:

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.

 

A candle was lit for all the human and animal victims
of the recent Hurricane Katrina.




The Memorial Candlelighting Ceremony concluded.