Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is a rather mournful day for pet owners who have managed to lose their pets. The Rainbow Bridge is a beautiful legend about the place where our pets go when they are forced to leave us.
The pain of losing your four-legged friends gradually subsides (although many people “hear” their paws for a long time, this is due to the effect of imprinting certain sounds in the human brain). Often we get the next pet and surround it with love and care. But we never forget those who are gone.
On August 28, 2013, writer Deborah Barnes broke up forever with her pet, who had lived with her for 15 years. His name was Mr. Jazz, and Deborah detailed her and his history together in the book – she talked about the life of a cat and contained many emotions and reflections on life, death and what can be beyond it.
The writer did not expect that she would receive an incredible emotional response to her work from many people. They reached out to her eager to share stories of lost pets. People were full of tragic experiences, it was difficult for them to continue to live without their pets.
In memory of Mr. Jazz and as a gift to all the people who responded, Deborah Barnes decided to create a Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day so that all pet owners can share stories and memories of their favorite creatures. The holiday was first celebrated in 2015, and now every year on August 28, people dedicate it to departed pets.
The famous Austrian scientist Konrad Lorenz, the creator of the science of animal behavior – ethology – once lost his beloved dog, bulldog Bully. In one of his books, he described that he heard the characteristic stomp of a dead dog – he was a little lame. In the book, Lorenz advised anyone who has lost their tailed friends to try to get a new pet.
How to celebrate
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day Methods:
- Have a day of remembrance – on your own, with your family, or with a close friend who knew your pet. Remember the good times: walks, games, funny tricks of your animal.
- View old photos and videos of your pet. Share them on social media with the hashtag #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay.
When is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day celebrated in 2022?
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is observed on August 28 each year.