Talk about your pet with friends and family, including the good times, the bad times and even the way it ended, if you choose. Sharing the wonderful memories you have of your pet will help you progress through the grieving process. Don't be surprised if you find yourself tearing up at odd moments.
The narrative below was circulated on Facebook some time ago. It's not the usual one about theRainbow Bridge. I'm not sure I believe in that Bridge, but I do believe there is a place where people who do good works for animals will be welcomed by those animals they helped when it's their time to cross.
It's written by Benny Archuletta, called "The Rescuer's Final Reward", who has given permission to republish without restriction.
Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray. All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge. Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.