"I will lend to you, for a
a Labrador pup", God said,
"For you to love her while she lives
and mourn her when she’s dead."
"Maybe for twelve or
or maybe two or three,
but will you, till I call
take care of her for me?"
bring her charms to gladden you
and (should her stay be brief)
you'll always have her memories
as solace for your grief."
"I cannot promise she will
since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn."
looked the whole world over,
in search of teachers true.
And from the folks that crowd life’s land,
I have chosen you."
"Now will you give her all
nor think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to take
my Labrador back again."
I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done.
For all the joys this pup will bring,
the risk of grief we’ll run."
"We’ll shelter her with
we'll love her while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known
forever grateful stay."
should you come to call her back
much sooner than we’ve planned,
we'll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand."
"If, by our love, we’ve
your wishes to achieve,
in memory of her we loved,
help us while we grieve."
"When our faithful bundle,
departs this world of strife,
we'll have yet, another pup
and love her all our life."
- Jill Howard
I stood by your bed last night,
I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying,
you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you so softly
as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you-
I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast,
I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times
your hand reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today,
your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels,
I wished I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today,
you tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you
that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house
as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you,
I smiled and said "It's me."
You looked so very tired,
and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know
that I was standing there.
It's possible for me to be
so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty,
"I never went away."
You sat there very quietly,
then smiled, I think you knew...
In the stillness of that evening
I was very close to you.
The day is over now...
I smile and watch you yawning,
and say "goodnight, God bless,
I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you
to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you
and we'll stand side by side.
I have so many things to show you,
there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...
then come home to be with me
Death leaves a
heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal
- From a Headstone in Ireland
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow
- Author Unknown
I thought of you with love today, but that is
I thought about you yesterday & the day before that too.
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.
All I have are memories & your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake, with which will never
God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart.
Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean "I'll Miss You" until we meet again.
- Author Unknown
If the future seems
remember that it comes one moment at a time
- Beth Mende Conny
Those we love don't go
They walk beside us every day
Unseen, unheard but
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
We may not be together
in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me,
we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your
Our hearts still ache in
sadness, And secret tears still flow,
What it meant to lose you,
No one will ever know.
our sight, but never our memories.
Gone from our touch, but never our hearts.
Request from the Rainbow Bridge
Weep not for me though I am gone
into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will, but not for long,
upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
there is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed
for all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
the fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath,
remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death,
but celebrate my life.
- Constance Jenkins
For Raven -
Nothing beautiful in this world is ever really lost
those we cherish will always live on in memory.
For Roxie -
Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest,
lays down its life in its season
as beautifully as it was taken up
For Flora -
They say memories
are golden, well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you
In my heart you hold a place, no one could ever
For Steller -
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings,
where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.
For Gypsy -
Your presence we
Your memories we
I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when my life is done.
like to leave an echo, whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun.
The happy memories that I leave I'd like to share with everyone.
Memory of Me
- Author Unknown
A Letter from the Rainbow Bridge
Now that I’ve been across The Rainbow Bridge for a couple weeks, they said I
should write a letter home. Sorry, mom, but
I’m so busy ‘across the bridge’ that I haven’t thought of home much. They
said it’s okay and that you would understand. I hope you do. (I think you
Remember that night when I wasn’t feeling very
well and we were all crying? I don’t remember much, but I do remember seeing and
hearing all of you and feeling your touches and hugs…I remember hearing “we love
you” and that one last command of “Go through”. I didn’t know what you meant, so
I turned around and walked through the fog that was in front of me. I saw the
biggest bridge I’ve ever seen! And so many friends on the other side of it! They
were all playing with toys and balls! You were right to tell me to go there!
My feet kept moving forward, but my heart kept
pulling me back. Your touches became lighter and lighter and I wanted to come
back and nudge your hands for more love, but I was overcome by this feeling of
curiosity for the happy place over the bridge! My feet started moving on their
own, like a gentle breeze was moving them forward for me! I can’t explain it,
but I had no doubt that it was the right thing to do!
So, I walked across that big, huge bridge by
myself! I looked for you, because you’re always by my side, walking with me, but
this was different. I didn’t have a collar around my neck or a leash connecting
me to you ~ I was ‘free’! Even though you weren’t there with me, I never felt
alone! I actually felt like I had a huge cape of love wrapped around my body and
the more I walked, the easier it was to breathe! So, I kept walking! And I would
feel more warmth in the big hug, so I kept on walking! I eventually made it over
the big bridge – I did it by myself, mom!
When I got here, all of my new friends greeted me
and helped me walk off the bridge ~ it was so cool! They gave me a pair of wings
and said that I was now a Guardian Angel!
What I’ve learned over these past few weeks has
been amazing and nothing like I’ve seen before! We’re all the same up here ~ we
all have wings and we all have Forever People to watch over ~ that’s YOU, mom!
You’re my Forever Person and I’m your Forever Dog! We had such a great
life together and I do miss you a LOT, but please know that I am so happy in my
new home across The Bridge!
I’ll send you another Earth Angel so you won’t be
alone. Give them your whole heart, like you gave it to me. I’ll check in every
so often to make sure they treasure your love ~ I always did! When you miss me,
think of a rainbow and know I’m on the other side of it, waiting to walk with
you again. I’ll always be in your heart. I love you, mom!
Time for me to go play