The Rainbow Bridge Poem
Stories of Crossing Over!

Reading the Rainbow Bridge Poem and the heartfelt stories of beloved pets now gone, but never forgotten, will help to ease your pain. I know it will. It has helped me many times. I invite you to share your own personal pet memorial story at the bottom of this page.

Here's the poem. Read it, and try to feel how wonderful it will be to finally meet your beloved friend again. Feel the soft fur, look deep into the eyes. Your pet knows how you feel. Love is a feeling like no other.

The 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.

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. 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 the Rainbow Bridge together.


It is a comforting thought to know that when a beloved pet dies, they are finally pain free, happy, and cared for. I know you feel blessed that you had the time you did with your wonderful pet.

Sometimes it just helps to talk about the loss of a pet. Sometimes you can't stop talking about it. Talking about the death of a pet, seems to bring that pet closer, sort of like if you keep talking about it they will stay with you longer. Often, other people don't understand this...but I do.

Pet bereavement is different for everyone, but the loss of a pet, is one of the most profound experiences of love and loss that anyone can go through. I hope writing about your beloved pet eases the transition.

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When a pet dies, it can be a very emotional experience. I hope this page has given you comfort.


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Passed over the Rainbow Bridge on a warm and beautiful summer evening, Sunday August 17, 2014. Tux was 16 years old.

Tuxedo, this poem is for you. I love you and miss you.


We Have A Secret

We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know, for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.

Author Unknown

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