Probably the best known pet loss poem is "The Rainbow Bridge"
Losing a pet is difficult. Anyone who has ever had a pet would most likely agree that it hurts to lose their trusted and loyal friend whether it be a dog, a cat, a horse, lizard, bird, hamsters, the list is extensive.
In the loss of a pet, I find myself always looking for comfort in words, the pet loss poem that I turn to most is the Rainbow Bridge poem. This poem always seems to help ease my pain.
Here it is...
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been
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
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine,
and our friends are warm and comfortable.
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
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
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....
A few years ago when I had to let go of my beloved dog, I was struggling with whether I had done the right thing. After months of battling bone cancer, my poor beloved Rocky was ready to go....here is that poem that helped me get through it.
If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand.
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
We've had so many happy years.
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come...please let me go.
Take me where my need they'll tend,
And please stay with me till the end.
Hold me first and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Please do not grieve...it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two these years;
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.
Wow, writing that brings me to tears again. I miss him still.
Maybe for you, reading a pet loss poem will help you make a decision that needs to be made, or maybe help you through the loss. I know it has for me.
If you have a pet loss poems about pet loss you'd like to share, others may find them comforting too. It doesn't just have to be just poems for pet loss, if you just want to share your grief that may help too.