Memorial Candle Lighting for Peter Gurney

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Light a candle in memory of Peter Gurney at 8pm in your time zone.

This email has been circulating in honor of Peter Gurney. We felt it was important to post here as a reference for all guinea pig lovers who may wish to join.

You are invited to participate in our annual “Memorial Candle Lighting for Peter Gurney” on March 9th, 2012, at 8:00 pm, in your particular time zone. This is our 7th Memorial Candle Lighting, and all you have to do is light a candle on March 9th, at or around 8:00 pm, in honor of Peter Gurney and all of our friends, human and animal, who are with him at the Rainbow Bridge.

For those not familiar with Peter Gurney, or this annual event, Peter Gurney was an author and guinea pig advocate who died in England in 2006 from cancer. He wrote many of the books on guinea pigs that we all use and his website is still a vital piece of information to all guinea pig lovers.

In 2006, the readers of the Guinea Pig Daily Digest (GPDD) held the first candle-light memorial in honor of Peter Gurney and all of our beloved guinea pigs and pets who have passed away. In subsequent years, we have also honored members of the GPDD community who have also passed away. This has become an annual event, and all you have to do is light a candle on March 9th (Peter Gurney’s Birthday).

After March 9th, just send an email to me, giving me your location (town or city, state, and country) and I will list all the places where a candle was lit, and post it on a map with a list of locations on the GPDD website. Last year we had over 80 participants from all over the world. If you would like to see a map and the list from 2011, just look at the GPDD homepage – Be sure to click on each box to see the individual locations.

As candles are lit in each state or country, the light from each candle will move through each time zone, in memory of all the people and pets we are remembering. So Light a Candle on March 9th at/or around 8:00 pm. We will be lighting ours, too!

Feel free to forward this email to others who you think may want to also light a candle to remember a beloved pet.

Audrey Binder and her Guinea Pig Gordon

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5 Responses to “Memorial Candle Lighting for Peter Gurney”
  1. Kerry McEwan says:

    A candle will be lit by me in Folkestone, Kent, England for Peter at 8pm tonight – I was lucky enough to meet Peter on a number of occasions and he did wonderful things to help my piggies – a grave loss to the piggy world…

  2. Carol Sharp says:

    Peter was a sad loss to the fancy. He was extremely knowledgable and his love of cavies knew no bounds. He is sadly missed.

    It was a pleasure to have met and kept in touch with him.

  3. Jaclyn Hammond says:

    Lit my candle in Canal Winchester, Ohio. ♥ Rest in peace Peter and all the piggies, and Caplin, too.

  4. Charles Kerr says:

    Hi Kerry.

    I knew Peter well between 1998 and 2001, Sorely missed, He was an outstanding human being.

    I’ve only come across this site today and would like to know if you are planning a lighting this year.



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