Animal lovers all know about the Rainbow Bridge. We hold on to the idea with every bit of our hearts, knowing that one day we’ll be reunited with all the pets we’ve ever lost. Everyone will be happy, healthy and young and cross over to Heaven together.
Whatever your religion, it’s a beautiful story and, I’m 100% sure, the most beautiful place ever.
But what does the Rainbow Bridge look like? I picture it a certain way, and I’m sure many of you have your own visions of it. To me, I kind of think of it like this: All the animals in a big, giant field just kind of frolicking and playing together with a rainbow in the background. There’s no real “bridge,” but I guess we all kind of walk over the rainbow together. When I show up, my past pets just somehow know I’ve arrived and are up front waiting for me. I’ve had some happy moments in my life, but that moment will probably trump every single one of them.
Something like my Rainbow Bridge
Other people envision an actual bridge, like a wooden bridge. Some think of it as a huge rainbow, and all the pets are actually on the rainbow waiting. And there are some who picture just a beautiful place, full of trees and flowers and pets.
Here are some ideas of how people think the Rainbow Bridge might look:
What does the Rainbow Bridge look to you? I’d love to know what everyone else pictures when they think of it. Here’s the poem, if you haven’t heard of it before.
The Rainbow Bridge
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….