The Rainbow Bridge Poem
What are the words to Rainbow Bridge Poem?
“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….”
How to use the Rainbow Bridge poem
Pet owners use the rainbow bridge poem in different ways, but below are the most common.
- Use it as a keepsake: Display the poem along with a picture of your best friend’s pawprint. This could be a dog memorial or cat memorial. You can get as creative as you want.
- Sympathy Cards: Send a copy of the poem to friends or family grieving.
- Grief Counselor: Some people reference back to the prose poem for ongoing words of encouragement.
What is the poem about the Rainbow Bridge?
The rainbow bridge poem is a tribute to your beloved pet and best friend to help connect to how they made the journey to the other side of heaven.
The loss of a pet is deeply emotional and the poem reminds all animal lovers of the best memories they made over the years with their beloved pet.
- It’s a prose poem that brings gladness when thinking about the loss of pets.
- It strongly reminds of us memories of warm spring weather walks or sitting at the foot of a hill in the sunshine.
- It serves as a form of grief counselor in a written format!
What is the story of the Rainbow Bridge?
According to wikipedia, The story tells of a lush green meadow just “this side of Heaven” (i.e. before one enters into it). Rainbow Bridge is the name of both the meadow and the adjoining pan-prismatic conveyance connecting it to Heaven.
According to the story, when a pet dies, it goes to the meadow, restored to perfect health and free of any injuries. The pet runs and plays all day with the others; there is always fresh food and water, and the sun is always shining. However, it is said that while the pet is at peace and happy, they also miss their owner whom they left behind on Earth.
When their grieving pet owner dies, they too arrive at the meadow, and that is when the pet stops playing, their nose twitches, turns, sniffs at the air and looks into the distance where they see their loved one. Excited, they run as fast as they can, until owner and pet are once more in union. The pet licks its owners in joy while the human looks into the soft eyes of their pet—who might have been absent on Earth, but never absent in their heart. Then side by side, they cross the Rainbow Bridge together into Heaven, never again to be separated.
Why do they call it the Rainbow Bridge?
According to dailypaws, it is called the Rainbow Bridge because of all its beautiful colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
It’s also a reference to the Bifrost from Norse mythology which is a burning rainbow bridge connecting Midgard (earth) and Asgard (realm of gods), which some say is the bridge between heaven and earth.
What do you say when someone loses a pet?
Share stories about what you remember about their pet. Use the pet’s name…even after death.
Provide a hug, a squeeze of the hand, or touch on the shoulder-whatever you feel comfortable doing. Listen more than talk and also listen in a non-judgmental manner. And, if they have a pet memorial, ask to see it so you can listen to them tell more stories about their beloved family member.
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