WHEN OUR PETS DIE, THEY GO TO “RAINBOW BRIDGE”…

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Books..., Facts / History / Nostalgia..., Informational..., Inspirational..., Music..., Religion..., Spirituality... | Tags: , , , , , |

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by
the way its animals are treated.”

Gandhi

I figured we could all use a diversion away from the doom and gloom, and this is definitely the ticket…

We’ve all loved and lost our pets, and it’s just as painful as losing a dear friend.  We grieve because they were much more than pets, they were a member of our family.  The unconditional love shared with a pet is just as powerful and deep as any close human relationship.

We all grieve for our pets in our own way, but when I came across The Rainbow Bridge poem and video a long time ago, it helped to heal my wounds.  Since then, I have passed them on to others who have lost their pets.  It is especially good for children to watch this video (and read a good book on the subject) as it gives them a good feeling, knowing their pets will be taken care of in the “pet afterlife”.  I’m Posting the Legend of The Rainbow Bridge here and also the Rainbow Bridge Song, which is equally moving.

I am also including a true story of a little girl named Meredith who experienced the loss of her family’s 14-year-old dog, Abbey Lain.  Meredith cried because she missed Abbey so much.  She asked her mother if she could write a letter to God and enclose a picture so when Abbey got into heaven, God would recognize their pet.  I have to say kudos to the person (or persons) at the post office in their town who had the compassion to reach out to this little girl and ease her pain in such a thoughtful way.  Maybe the book that’s referenced in this true story (“When A Pet Dies” By Fred Rogers) would be a great book to read with your children if they lose their beloved pet.  Another great book is “When Your Pet Dies” By Diane Pomerance.

In memory of all the beloved pets who have warmed our hearts and touched our souls.  May they all rest in peace…

QueenBee

The Legend Of The Rainbow Bridge

 

Now for the letter…

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4-year-old daughter, Meredith, was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words: Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her, You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith, and addressed it to God / Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to Heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had. Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand.  Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies’. Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey and Meredith, and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.

Love, God

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2 Responses to “WHEN OUR PETS DIE, THEY GO TO “RAINBOW BRIDGE”…”

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Captain Queege, good comment LOL! As far as your letter, I hope the most you wish for be the least you get. Maybe we should all write a letter, huh?

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Well isn\’t that just the sweetest thing? LOL! I was feeling so sad at first! I was thinking: \’How is this supposed to cheer me up? I\’m gonna start to cry here!\’ But what a sweet story! It warmed my heart… Think I\’ll send a letter to Heaven and see what I get back :O)

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