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Every year on August 28th, people around the world honor pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Whether this is the first time you’ve heard of this holiday or it will be the first time you’re celebrating it, it can be a huge opportunity to relive the joy of a lost pet and share your grief with others that understand.
Although you’re more than welcome to celebrate this day however you want, if you’re not sure what to do, we’ve gathered a few ideas for you along with more information about this day. Keep reading to learn more.
History of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Deborah Barnes loved writing about life with her cats in her blog, Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles. On August 28, 2013, she lost a Ragdoll cat by the name of Mr. Jazz.
Part of her healing process was to write a book about it, Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond. Following the overwhelmingly positive reaction from her readers, she decided to honor Mr. Jazz’s life and their connection by creating a day to share with everyone who has lost a pet.
Now pet owners are coming together and memorializing pets of all shapes, sizes, colors, and species on this special day.
How to Celebrate this Day
Here are a few ways you can celebrate Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day:
Share on Social Media
One of the best ways you can celebrate this unofficial holiday is to share about it on social media. Create a post honoring your own pet, invite others to share photos of their lost fur babies, or share information about grief and ways to find support.
Getting others involved is a great way to spread news about this day. Some people may not know how to deal with the grief that comes with losing a pet and you never know what may help them start their healing process.
Write About Your Pet
If you’re more of a private person, you may want to do something like what Deborah Barnes did. Take some time to write about your pet and what they meant to you. Focus on what made them unique or tell the story of the day you lost them.
You don’t need to share what you wrote with anyone, but it can be a great way to spend some time remembering that pet and reflecting on what they meant to you.
Adopt a Pet
While we don’t recommend making an impulsive decision to bring a new animal into your home, this day may be the perfect time to honor your lost pet by saving the life of another.
There are over a million dogs and cats who are euthanized in shelters every year, the majority because there’s simply no room for them. Although you can never replace the pet that’s waiting for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, you can continue to let your love grow by adopting an animal in need.
Animals live for the happiness of their owners, so choosing to be happy with another pet is one of the best ways to honor them.
Not Ready to Think About the Rainbow Bridge for Your Pets?
Now that you know more about Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, be sure to take some time to celebrate it either by yourself or with others.
If you can’t bear the thought of losing any of your current pets, make sure they’re covered by pet insurance. As many of our owners already know, having insurance can save your pet’s life because you can get them the care they need immediately without worrying about how you’re going to pay for it.
You can contact us today for more information on enrolling your pet today.
Here at PetFirst, today and every day, we want to remember and honor all beloved pets that are no longer with us.