The significance of the Rainbow Bridge Poem:
Over the last few years Rainbow Bridge has become synonymous with animal lovers who have lost a pet.
When we scatter the ashes of communally cremated pets in our cemetery, we invite the owners to be part of a short ceremony. We read the Rainbow Bridge Poem and it has a soothing effect on the participants. For myself I think of all the pets we have lost and how we lost them and the poem really brings me comfort. The simplicity of the poem strikes me every time I read it.
At the time of loss it is important to find comfort and maybe knowing that our pet is healthy, running around and waiting for us brings pet owners peace and comfort. Losing a pet has a tremendous effect on their owners and it is important to acknowledge that.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that 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 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 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; 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 pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….