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
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 was 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 togetherů
you believe?" "I do." "Then come with me!"
are not dead who live in lives they leave behind. In those whom they have blessed,
they live a life again, and shall live through the years eternal life, and shall
grow each day more beautiful, as time declares their good, forgets the rest, and
proves their immortality."
~Hugh Robert Orr~
that have left each other are not absent, they are invisible; they hold their
eyes full of glory you fix in our heights of tears.
God asked the feline spirit Are you ready to come home? Oh, yes, quite
so, replied the precious soul And, as a cat, you know I am most able To
decide anything for myself.
Are you coming then? asked God. Soon,
replied the whiskered angel But I must come slowly For my human friends
are troubled For you see, they need me, quite certainly.
they understand? asked God That you'll never leave them? That your souls
are intertwined. For all eternity? That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.
Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat For I will whisper into their hearts That I am
always with them I just am....forever and ever and ever.
FROM THE BRIDGE
my dearest family, some things I'd like to say. But first of all, to let you
know that I arrived okay. I'm writing this from the Rainbow Bridge. Here I
dwell with God above.
Here there is no more tears of sadness; there is
just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon, and night. That day I had
to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged
me and He said, "I welcome you. It's good to have you back again; you were
missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family they'll be here
later on. I need you badly, you are part of My plan. There's so much we
have to do, to help our mortal man." God gave me a list of things that He
wished for me to do, And foremost on the list was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the days chores put to flight, God and I
are close to you in the middle of the night.
When you think of life on
earth and all those loving years, Because you are only human, they are bound
to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain.
Remember there could be no flowers, unless there could be some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned. If I were to tell you,
you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth
in over, Now more than ever before my life to you is closer. There are
many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb, But together we can
do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd
like it for you too; That as you give the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain, Then you can say to God
at night "My day was not in vain." And now I am contented that my life was
worthwhile, Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile. So
if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low, Lend a hand to pick him up
as on your way you go.
When you are walking down the street and you've
got me on your mind, I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go, from your body to be free, Remember you're
not going; You're coming here to me.
fills a barren space; you close your eyes and see my face and think of
times I made you laugh, the love we shared, the bond we had, the special
way I needed you - the friendship shared by just we two.
too quiet, the world seems older, the wind blows now a little colder.
You gaze into the empty air and look for me, but I'm not there - I'm in
heaven and I watch you, and I see the world around you too.
little souls wearing fur, souls who bark and souls who purr born unwanted
and unloved - I see all this and more above - I watch them suffer, I see
them cry, I see them lost, I watch them die. I see unwanted thousands
born - and when they die, nobody mourns.
These little souls wearing
fur (Some who bark and some who purr) are castaways who - unlike me -
will never know love or security. A few short months they starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters - nobody takes home. They're special too (furballs of
pleasure), filled with love and each one, a treasure.
My pain and
suffering came to an end, so don't cry for me, my person, my friend. But
think of the living - those souls with fur (some who bark and some who purr)
- And though our bond can't be broken apart, make room for another in
your home and your heart.