Just this side of heaven is a sunny, green meadow with a multi-colored, prismatic bridge that leads to heaven. When our furrbabies pass away they cross the rainbow bridge from this world to the next.
Here, there is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and they are warm and comfortable; they are healthy, whole, and strong again, just as we remember them in times gone by. They are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
Here, our furrbabies romp and play until their owner dies. When their human arrives at the meadow, the furrbaby stops playing, turns, sniffs at the air and looks into the distance where they see their beloved parent. They cross the bridge together into heaven.
The concept for the pet Rainbow Bridge may have been based on the Bifröst bridge of Norse Mythology. It was said to be a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard (Earth) and Asgard, the realm of the gods.
The first reference of the Rainbow Bridge can be found in the book Beautiful Joe’s Paradise by Margaret Marshall Saunders. Author Deborah Barnes started Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day to give all pet-lovers a day to share memories of beloved pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and are waiting for us there.
So August 28th each year is designated as Rainbow Bridge Rememberance day. It is a day to remember and honor those furbabies that are no longer with us.
So how do you celebrate Rainbow Rememberance day? Here a few suggestions.
- Change your profile picture to a favorite photo of your furaby on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat account, or use the official Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day logo as your image to share the day with others.
- Post a favorite memory, story, or your thoughts about your furbaby on your social media accounts and invite friends to add their memories. Change your profile picture to a favorite photo of your furaby on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat account, or use the official Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day logo as your image to share the day with others.
- Make a photo collage. Just through the process of gathering, selecting, and arranging photos into a collage, you’ll be able to relive so many moments of your furbaby’s life.
- Make a shadowbox. Shadowboxes and shadowbox kits are readily available at most craft stores and online. You could include your furbaby’s favorite toy, favorite photos, or even his/her collar.
So this Aug 28th let’s all remember those precious lives that we shared. Remember the good times, share the stories; so that their memory stays alive.
What are your favorite memories of your furbaby?
Perhaps when they make you laugh? When they got themselves in trouble and need mom or dad to save them?
Comment below (As always please be kind)
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many splendid colors.
Just this side of Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills,
and valleys with lush, green grass.
When beloved pets die, they go to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved
them on earth.
So each day they run and play.
Until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches.
The ears are up!
The eyes are staring.
And this one suddenly runs from the group.
You have been seen!
And when you and your special friend meet,
you take him in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again,
and you look once more more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…
Never again to be separated.