The 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 Rainbow Bridge together….
– Author Unknown –
There are many theories as to the origin of this beautiful prose, but most of these have one common element – the Rainbow Bridge represents a connection between this life and the next – a path provided to make the passing easier.
One historian of the Navaho people says the term “rainbow” comes, not only from the formation’s shape itself, but also from the stories of people who saw a bright, white light as they were dying. White light is a combination of all the colors found in a rainbow.
In Norse mythology, Bifrost, which means “rainbow”, was the bridge that spanned Midgard, the realm of man, and Asgard, the realm of the Gods. Bifrost was made of 3 colors with great magics and skill by the Aesir and is incredibly strong. It is said that the bridge will never fall until the end of the Cosmos itself, at which time it will collapse.
We will probably never know the true origin, but the prose itself will continue to provide solace to all pet owners who have lost a loved companion.