In Loving Memory

Memorial for My Father

A memorial video to my father, my best friend and friend to all. He took care of anyone in need and will be sadly missed by so many. Daniel helped start and maintain Angel's Haven. He assisted with purchase and maitenance of the shelter plus worked so hard to do all he could to help and support throughout the years. He has saved many lives throughout this time and we would not still be here helping others without all he has done. He believed in us when others thought this was a foollish endeavour. Please take a minute to pay tribute to a man who has helped everyone else throughout his life without asking for a thing in return. He will be missed but will never be forgotten. He will live on through the love, kindness and lessons passed on forever. No goodbyes.

And To Our Friends...

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In Memory of Our Friend Ray Sheppard 1966-2014

This is a story of Ray, probably the most genuine, caring, fun spirit you could ever meet. And the spirit was contagious! Nobody left him without smiling and then spreading the joy. He was so kind to so many and had such a passion for dogs and helping rescues and people alike. Both Sherry and Ray supported me so much and gave me inspiration on many occasions to keep going with their kindness and friendship alike.

Brad Paisley's When I Get Where I'm Going has great meaning for Sherry. Please click the link (opens in a new page to YouTube) and listen to this wonderful song and remember Ray...

Sherry and Jennifer would like to thank the following for their very generous donations in Ray's name. It means more to us than we could we ever say...

Our friend, Ray Sheppard 1966-2014

Jennifer's Favourite Memory...

My favourite memory of Ray is one I was not there for. Well, not for the whole event...but somehow we met at Smitty's a few days before Christmas. Sherry indicated she and Ray wanted to donate some items for the rescue as a Christmas present. I was honoured for sure. Sherry is a school teacher so of course is very organized and created a list of things to buy off of our “want” list.

While Sherry and I visited, Ray headed over to Walmart with his list to pick up the supplies. Well, Ray walked in and asked for assistance immediately from several employees. He did not pick up one item that was on the list, he picked up several of each. They filled carts with food, litter, laundry detergent/softener, air fresheners, mops, and I can't even remember what else!

I can only imagine the look on the employees faces, and Ray's pure delight to help. That's why it is my favourite memory, because it captures his free-thinking spirit, and ability to bring joy to others. The employees were having fun and chatting for that for a bit too!

This generosity saved me during a really rough time. That was Ray...that crazy amazing spirit, and he did this every day for everybody.

Jennifer


If I Should Grow Frail

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain does keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done
For this - the last battle - can't be won.
You will be sad I understand
But don't let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must now be you
Who has to decide this thing to do.
We've been so close - we two -these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Julia Napier © 1999

Rainbow Bridge

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that beloved pet goes to 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 vigour; 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 to them, who had to be 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 and his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him 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 the trusting eyes of your best friend, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...

Author Unknown


For more resources on grief and the loss of a pet, please see PetEducation.com.