The loss of a beloved pet is never easy, and finding the right words to express our emotions can be incredibly difficult.
One of my favourite pet remembrance poems I have used over and over again to help anyone grieving over the loss of a pet is the beautiful poem Over the Rainbow Bridge.
A number of years ago a good friend of mine lost her much loved cat, and was absolutely heartbroken. I realized she wanted to be left alone, so I dropped some flowers and a sympathy card that I had made, in which I had printed Over The Rainbow Bridge poem for her.
Later on she told me that the poem was the one ‘gift’ that had truly helped her healing process.
Over The Rainbow Bridge – Author Unknown
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 Rainbow Bridge together….
Using Poems For Pet Memorials
If you choose to have a pet memorial, having a short poem you can include on it is a lovely way to celebrate your pet. Alternatively sending a friend a grievance card with a short Pet Remembrance Poem, shows them you care and understand their loss.
I hope you enjoy the short poem below.
A Bridge Called Love
It takes us back to brighter years,
to happier sunlit days
and to precious moments
that will be with us always.
And these fond recollections
are treasured in the heart
to bring us always close to those
from whom we had to part.
There is a bridge of memories
from Earth to Heaven above…
It keeps our dear one’s near us
It’s the bridge that we call love.
Four Feet in Heaven
Your favorite chair is vacant now…
No eager purrs to greet me.
No softly padded paws to run
Ecstatically to meet me.
No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry
Will say it’s time for feeding.
I’ve put away your bowl, and all
The things you won’t be needing;
But I will miss you little friend,
For I could never measure
The happiness you brought me,
The comfort and the pleasure.
And since God put you here to share
In earthly joy and sorrow;
I’m sure there’ll be a place for you
In Heaven’s bright tomorrow…
Alice E. Chase
Poems for To Help With Euthansia
As anyone who has had to make the heart wrenching decision to have a much loved pet euthanized will know, this is an incredibly difficult and emotional journey.
The following two poems are so true and just speak to one’s soul and heart, I hope they can help you if you ever have had to have a pet euthanized.
May I Go Now
May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless lonely nights?
I’ve lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?
I didn’t want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.
I want to go
I really do.
It’s difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you’re sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.
I’ll not be far,
I promise that, and hope you’ll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too,
that’s why it’s hard to say goodbye
and end this life with you.
So hold me now just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you’ll let me go today.
Written for a beloved pet & friend
Susan A. Jackson
The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
Using Poems To Heal
Not all of us are able to express ourselves, especially during times of such sadness. Poems can do so much to help articulate our emotions.
These poems may make you cry, laugh, feel sad, or even smile, but best of all they may help you to open your heart and find guidance and healing.
If you have enjoyed these poems please comment and let me know and I will add a page dedicated to poems and quotes.