The loss of animals whether it be your cat, dog, bird, or you’re the loss of farm animals can feel like a member of your family has passed. Individuals that have animals sometimes feel ashamed and try to hide their grief, but it’s natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness when any animal dies.
Some of us believe that when our pets or animals die that this animal goes to a special place. All animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor, those who were hurt or maimed will be made whole and strong again, and the ones who sacrificed to feed our stomachs will return as a higher life form.
Some people call this place the Rainbow Bridge!
Although we bring animals into our homes for different reasons, the reason people most often give is the companionship our pets provide. Pets are our best source of unconditional love, and they listen without any judgment; they accept us as we are regardless of how we look or behave.
These beautiful pets will even forgive us “just like that” and never will hold and grudge. No matter how much we change or we must endure in our unpredictable lives, our pets are always there for us.
Lastly, our livestock, these animals are raised to feed our families and help do things for us around the farm. Some people generally name them, groom them, and always look forward every day to be with them daily.
There is no doubt that if you raise an animal and they recognize that they have you an attachment is formed and it may become difficult to slaughter and eat them. Our livestock deserve to have the best things in life, in my opinion because they sacrifice to feed our family but that attachment that has formed makes it even harder to process and eat them.
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
When cherished companion animals are taken from us, or died for us, we need to take some time to think about and remember how closely we were attached to these lovely creatures and why they are so important to humans.
This Article was originally written by Tana Mason and re-posted in memory of her.
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