Life with our pets is extraordinary, and when they leave us it never quite feels the same. People who have never had a pet struggle to understand the grief associated with losing a pet, but that doesn’t mean it hurts any less.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is celebrated on the 28th of August, and is a day to commemorate and remember our beloved pets who have passed on, although their memory is still alive in our hearts.
The story of the Rainbow Bridge is based on a poem. Before our beloved furry friends go to heaven, they wait at the Rainbow Bridge, filled with meadows and hills to run around and play. Here they are happy, restored from illness and old age and are free to roam, but there is longing as they wait for us.
Here owners and pets are reunited in death, and cross the Rainbow Bridge together to the other side.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is all about remembering your pet and your life together. The way you commemorate the day can be personal to you and the relationship with your beloved furry friend.
It doesn’t matter if their passing was recent or years and years ago, the grief of losing a pet never truly leaves us. But we do learn to live on and acknowledging the pain and grief of the loss is an important part of the process. It’s okay to shed some tears on this day.
Some ideas to celebrate your pet could be revisiting old photos and videos of them, talking about them with loved ones, or visit any of their favourite spots, maybe a park or a beach.
If you have a new pet in your life, you might want to hold them extra close on this day, as remembering could bring up some painful memories and feelings from their loss.
You can also create a pet memorial so you have something to always remind you of them.
A customised tribute can make a wonderful reminder of the affection your companion shared with you and your family in their life.
You might decide to create a shrine in your home with their image and ashes displayed.
Whatever you decide, having a physical reminder of your pet can help keep them close to you and keep their memory alive.
Don’t wait until the very end. It’s important to consider your pet’s end-of-life journey early, so that you, your family and your pet are all supported through the process.
When the time comes, we’re here for you. Goodbye Good Boy provides a range of end-of-life services to make the difficult process of saying goodbye a little easier.
We offer quality of life assessments from qualified vets, specialist grief counselling, at home euthanasia from dedicated end of life veterinarians, as well as cremation services and memorial options to help remember your pet for their unique character.
We are with you at every step of the journey.
To find out more, you can call our team of passionate pet lovers on 1800 953 619.