CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL CEREMONY 

September 21, 2008

IN loving memory of:

Epi-pups:

 


Epi-pals:

 


Website Epi-pups:

Bobbie's Bojo Brittany and AJ's Fred Cheryl's Stella
Christine's Zlata Dee's Lady Elizabeth's Ella
Lian's Mason Lois's Frankie Mel and Kai's Jeb
Mungo and Doreen's Skye Nicola's Toby Pamela and Tom's Peaches
Ruth's Mercy Rose Susan's Winnee

 


Memorial Ceremony attended by:

Guardian Angel Joanne Guardian Angel Dell and Angel Poppy Guardian Angel Dona and Paxon
Guardian Angel John and Angel Edison Guardian Angel Linda K and Pups Guardian Angel Michael and Norman
Guardian Angel Sharon and Tasha Guardian Angel Vicky Guardian Angel Jill and Angel Molly
Andrea and Angel Molson Brenda and Angel Askhim David and Max
Debbie and Abby Elizabeth and Mikey Greg
Joy and Lacey Julie and Tucker Kathy and Mocha
Kathy and Dusty Lisa and Zoey Lorraine and Angel Sony
Michelle and Charlie
Rene and Honey


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 Jill
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.


Candles were then lit for Angel Epi-Pups and

expressions of love and sympathy
were shared by those in attendance.

 

Guardian Angel Rita's Wolf

 

 

 

Brenda's Askhim

 

James and Kathleen's Darby

 

Joy and Jay's Lacey

 

Julie and Billy's Max The Mastiff

 

Lorraine's Sony

 

Michelle's Charlie

 

Patti's Sly

 

The poem "A Million TImes I Will Miss You" was read by Guardian Angel Jill:

 

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…


 

We continued by lighting 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 Joanne's Lucy

 

Guardian Angel Vicky's Lucy

 

Guardian Angel Pat's Dazey

 

Guardian Angel Rita's Owaci

 

Anne and Francis's Corabelle

 

David and Linda's Chief

 

James and Kathleen's Gracie

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 


 

Guardian Angel Linda K read  "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.

 

A candle was lit for the health and happy lives

of all of our epi-pups who are still struggling

with this devastating disease.

 

 

 


The Candlelight Memorial Ceremony concluded.