There are a number of pet loss poems that have been published that some may find comforting at the time of pet loss. We have included two of the most well known poems below
Rainbow Bridge - author Unknown
There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth
It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills, valleys with lush green grass
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this special place
There is always food and water and warm spring weather
The old and frail are young again
Those who are maimed are made whole again
They play all day with each other
There is only one thing missing
They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth
So each day they run and play until the day comes
When one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches, the ears are up, the eyes are staring
And this one suddenly runs from the group
You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
You take him or her into your arms and embrace
Your face is kissed again and again,
And you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together,
Never to be separated
If It Should Be - author Unknown (this Poem is also known as 'This Last Battle')
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 needs they'll tend,
And please stay with me till the end,
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 has this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years,
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.
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