The death of a precious pet creates a huge loss for many of us, as our furry family member is no longer by our side. Many pet parents silently grieve the loss of their pets, but mourning a pet helps us reconcile the loss and honor that pet’s impact on our life. You can choose to honor your pet in many ways today and every day.
According to daysoftheweek.com, August 28 was designated as Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day by Deborah Barnes, author and blogger of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles. She chose this day in tribute to her Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, who she had to say goodbye to on August 28, 2013. She shared the journey of letting him go in her book, Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond and the reaction from her readers was so overwhelming that she decided to create the day in his honor as a way for others across the world to share memories of their own pets they had loved and lost.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is linked to the poem Rainbow Bridge, the theme of several works of poetry written in the 1980s and 1990s that speak of an other-worldly place where pets go upon death, eventually to be reunited with their owners.
Today is meant to honor and remember your pet and pets who no longer are with you. To memorialize your pet you may choose to take a walk, make a bouquet of flowers, post pictures of your pets on social media, share a special memory, make a donation to a shelter organization or rescue group, write a poem, create a special memorial for them, or journal about your pet and your feelings about them.
Whatever brings your heart peace in remembering your precious pet, we honor you for the love and care you showed your pet during its time with you.
– Jane Rose, Rose Pet Memorial Center
Jane Rose is Certified Pet Loss Professional and Pet Loss Companion and is the owner of Rose Pet Memorial Center. She is a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), and the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA). She is also the founder of Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue.