How to Cope With Loss
The enduring love of our pets and the strong bonds we develop with them makes it very difficult to say a final goodbye. They are not “just a dog” or “just a cat,” but rather a beloved member of our family, bringing companionship, fun, and joy to our lives. This unconditional love can bring significant happiness to our lives and help us navigate the sometimes stressful world around us.
When our cherished pet dies, it is normal to feel a sense of loss and experience grief. While we all respond to loss differently, it sometimes feels debilitating. Some people may not understand this intense feeling of loss, and you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for your animal friend.
The loss of a pet is, unfortunately, an inevitable end to a sometimes decades-long friendship, however, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain, come to terms with losing your friend, and when the time is right, perhaps even open your heart to another animal companion.
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 the Rainbow Bridge together....