Remembrance Day – Rainbow Bridge

August 21, 2020 2 min read

This Friday, August 28th sets aside a day to remember the pet companions we have lost. The relationship between humans and animals is special because somehow, when the world or life gets to be too stressful— they are always there. When a pet passes away, they leave behind a huge hole that you cannot fill. They become a big part of your family and are an enormous part of our lives. Mourning their death is different for everyone, but the observance offers a way to help heal the pain of loss.

The day was founded by author Deborah Barnes as a way for people to share their memories of the pets that they have lost. Whether you lost your canine companions last week, last year, or even years ago, their memory is surely still alive.  Looking for a way you can pay tribute to them? Here are some ways!

Ways to observe:

  1. Reminisce with friends and family
  2. Post a memory
  3. Look through old photos
  4. Read “Rainbow Bridge”
  5. Donate to an animal organization in memory of your pet
  6. Plant a tree in honor of them
  7. Purchase a headstone for your pet
  8. Listen to music that allows you to reflect and reminds you of your funny pup and the things they used to do. 
  9. Share a poem
  10. Make Christmas ornaments

Whether a pet with fur, fins, feathers, scales, or something else – one pet, or many – the day is meant to pay tribute to the pet in any way that feels most comfortable to you. Our pets are such a special part of our lives that they deserve to be remembered. For those sharing on social media, use the hashtag #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay.

No matter how you decide to honor your pet, even the act of thinking about it and then implementing your tribute can play a part in the grieving and healing process. Nothing will ever replace him in your heart but creating a memorial makes the loss easier to bear and provides a lasting memory.



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