”Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.”
~ The Muppets
We have all had pets that we have loved as family members, ones that were like our little furry children. But like all family members, there comes a time when they pass from this world, and often this leaves us with a profound feeling of loss and pain. Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day celebrates our furbabies who have passed before us.
History of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day was founded by Deborah Barnes, author and blogger of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles 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, 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.
Animals have served as beloved members of our family for time out of mind, and continue to do so to this day. This includes as service animals that help those with conditions like blindness, PTSD, and epilepsy, as well as working animals on farms and police forces, as well as the simple companion pet who helps us through our loneliest times with undying unconditional love.
Rainbow Bridge carries on an ancient tradition of memorializing our beloved pets with the same care and consideration as our departed human family. Pharaohs would entomb and mummify their cats, and animals of all sorts have been found in ritualized burials. The Ancient Egyptians buried their pets with all the things they would need in their afterlife, just like the humans that were mummified and buried. Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day celebrates these ancient traditions and reminds us that there’s no reason for them to fade.
How to Celebrate Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is dedicated to celebrating our past pets, and the best way to celebrate it is to have a day of remembrance for your passed pets. You can also go to Rainbow Bridge and establish a digital memorial so that the world will always remember them. Our pets are such important parts of our lives that they deserve to be remembered.
Whether a pet with fur, fin, feathers, scales, or something else – one pet, or many – the day is meant to honor the pet in any way that feels most comfortable to the pet guardian, such as using social media sites to post a picture, write a poem, share a favorite memory, upload a video, write a special blog post, or other methods like creating a special outdoor memorial.