Meet you at Rainbow Bridge

Two years ago during one of the lowest periods of my life, I had to release my best friend from certain pain and just wasting away to nothing.

This was not the first time I had lost a pet, but I think that with everything else going on in my life, it was the most devastating. If it had not been for the lovely people at Dr. Frank Moreland's office and the two other important people in my life, I think it would have been much worse.

Unfortunately, one of those people had the same experience in the past few weeks, but in the midst of this, she told me about a poem called Rainbow Bridge. Having never heard of it, I went online to find it, and thinking that many of you may had this same experience and had not heard of it, I decided to copy it here for you. Word of warning: get out the tissues.

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 green grass, his legs carrying him faster 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 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