Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge
When a beloved pet dies, they come here and they wait
Their Love for you is such that they will not cross the Bridge without you
And so they wait
There is no hunger, there is no thirst
The old eyes uncloud and they are restored to youth and vigor
They run and play
The sun is warm and the grass is cool
And yet they wait
Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.
They wait for the loving hand that stroked their head
They wait for the voice that tenderly called their name
They wait for the one that gave them comfort
And the one who they gave comfort in return
They wait for the special one who loved them on Earth
One day the head jerks up
And the nose twitches
In the distance a figure approaches
The beloved pet knows the master has come
And the wait is over
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. ~Martin Buber
The two come together
What Love has joined
Not even Death can sunder
At the foot of the Rainbow Bridge they meet
They cross into Heaven
"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."
© Humanity Healing 2008. Partial Rights Reserved.
This video is dedicated to all the animal friends who have shared our lives.
Music: John Denver & Placido Domingo, "Perhaps Love"
The original poem the video was based on:
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE POEM
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....
~ Author Unknown
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