The English poet Alfred Austin wrote that “Tears are the summer showers to the soul.” Just as a rainbow can frequently be seen in the sky after a rainfall, the tears we as pet parents shed over the passing of a beloved cat or dog helps our hearts see the reflection of Rainbow Bridge.
No one knows who penned The Rainbow Bridge poem, but its words have consoled countless animal lovers during their time of sorrow. Like an elusive rainbow’s end, when we lose a furry family member they may go to a land that we cannot now reach, but the thought that our fur babies are at play with other pets who have passed on and are waiting at Rainbow Bridge for the day when we are happily reunited helps to bring color back into our lives.
In honor of all of our friends with fur, feathers or fins who we have said farewell to, Deborah Barnes–the author of the award-winning blog Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles and the recently unleashed book Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death and Beyond–has created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.
Choosing August 28th in memory of the day in 2013 when she said goodbye to her purring pal Mr. Jazz, Barnes has set up a special Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day event page on Facebook so pet parents can gather in the virtual world to celebrate the life of their late pet by posting a photo or poem.
Photo Credit: Deborah Barnes