A Single Tear – Rainbow Bridge from your pet’s point of view

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To my dear friend I have some thoughts, now that I am safe and well
Having arrived at Rainbow Bridge, its like a magic spell
I’m full of health and happiness. I’m surrounded by so much love
Its such a safe & peaceful place, sunshine from above

Love is the only feeling which has transcended through the grave
But it breaks my heart to watch you cry – I need you to be brave.
Because I am fine, I’m waiting here, with no boundaries of space or time
A wag of the tail, a beat of my heart, and once again you will be mine

You tell me that you love me and if you do you’ll hear my plea
To close your eyes, with joy in your heart, only good times will you see
And that day will come when you are here, in an instant by your side
With all the other animals who you loved with equal pride

One look from you and we’d both know, what the other was thinking
We could read minds through our eyes, our souls were clearly speaking
Because your eyes would spell out to me, a message from deep inside
Thoughts of love and trust you’d send, secrets you would confide

So now as your beloved pet, no longer in front of you
I’m sending this message from my heart to yours, as our eyes can no longer do
I want you to know I’m safe and well, now I passed to the other side
And looking back, I know the fact, you loved me with so much pride

I need you to know I loved you too, even more than you loved me
I relied on you to survive, to be healthy and illness free
And you did this, I was safe from harm but now I see you frown
I feel your pain, but there is no gain, it hurts me that you’re down.

I’m safe and well, I’m happy, I’m reuniting with old friends
There’s lots of other pets round here, there’s no sense this is the end
There is no sadness at Rainbow Bridge, just a single tear
That’s not because we’re unhappy now, it’s because you are not here

This single tear reminds us, each and every day
Of loved ones we have left behind, but that doesn’t stop the play
I’m having fun, I’m fighting fit. Eat, play, sleep, repeat
But last thing at night and when I awake, my heart will miss a beat

I get a pang of immense pain, for a split second I feel alone
But then for all the others times I’m like a dog with a juicy bone!
I do not carry the sadness, any blame or feelings of grief
So do me one more favour and live on with this belief

And because on earth I have so few years, my heart only belongs to you
But as you live for longer this is what I want you to do
Go love another animal, now that I am safely here
And do it without hesitation, do it without any fear

And although its cruel I live so few years, and I have to go before you
In your heart you must know, just how much I adore you
And so for now the best thing for me, although we are apart
Is for you to love another, for you to share your heart

Do not feel guilt or any remorse, that you’re not doing right by me
You cared for me with all you heart, unconditionally
Our love was pure, it filled my life, we both know it was real
Now rescue pets must have the chance, to feel how you made me feel

So promise me you will move on, with no more than a single tear
And when you wake and fall asleep, feel that I am near
But don’t be sad, just think of me, playing with all the others
Comforted by the incredible love, from my new sisters and new brothers

And when I see the other owners, meet pets who came here first
They walk across the bridge as one, hearts about to burst
One day I know that will be us, but with no concept of time
You live your life the best you can, however long, that’s fine

You see, the tear reflects the bridge, red thru violet shade
And only when we reunite, will its sadness fade.
But for now it stays on my cheek, it will never complete its path
Until I see you across the field, when we’ll meet and hug and laugh.

It’s just a matter of time until we’ll meet in this magical place
And only as we cross the bridge, will it trickle down my face
Cos watching those reuniting whilst standing on the green
In death I see lives made whole again, an ironic final dream

So don’t cry for me, be happy, cos all my life you had one plan
That was for me to be safe and well, and this is what I am
I am not there but in your heart I will never disappear
There is no sadness at Rainbow Bridge, just a single tear.

Tony Bacon

Also read my Rainbow Bridge poem inspired by The Original Rainbow Bridge poem.

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The Rainbow Bridge Poem by Tony Bacon

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The Rainbow Bridge Poem

Just this side of heaven is a very peaceful place,
where animal lovers around the world think of fondly and embrace.
For when an animal dies that has been close to someone here,
that pet goes to The Rainbow Bridge, free of ailments and of fear.

There are meadows and hills for our special friends,
so they can run & play,
with plenty of food and water, and sunshine throughout the day
Our friends are warm and comfortable, those hurt are strong again.
Health and vigour are theirs once more, free from any pain.

So remember them as they once were, in our dreams of days gone by.
Our animals are happy, but for the small tear in their eye.
Cos just like us they miss someone very special, left behind.
When they look up for a stroke on their head, a hand they cannot find.

They all run and play together, but one day he’ll stop and stare.
He sees you in the distance, he sees you standing there.
His bright eyes are so intent as his eager body quivers.
Excitedly he starts to run through previously tranquil rivers.

You cling together in joyous reunion, never again will you be parted.
As happy kisses replace your tears, companionship restarted.
Your hands caress his beloved head, to you there’s no surprise,
when once again you see love & trust deep in you baby’s eyes.

So long gone from your life but never far from your heart,
the pain now eased, your smile now back, you’ll never be apart.
With great joy you turn and walk through the meadow lined with heather.
Side-by-side with your best friend as you cross The Rainbow Bridge together.

By Tony Bacon, inspired by the original Rainbow Bridge poem by author unknown. Also by Tony Bacon is A Single Tear.

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Does Self-Hypnosis Help With Pet Bereavement?


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A little know fact about me is that I am a fully qualified hypnotherapist. I guess you could call it a past life? I was trained to a very high level. I can assure you all how powerful it is in helping with a huge range of issues, and the best thing about it is all you have to do is sit down, relax, and the magic do it’s work!

I have used self hypnosis to help deal with the pain of the sadness and loss when we lost one of our dogs and I know that as it helps so much I thought I would write a blog about how hypnosis can help with dealing with the grief, and about how effective it really is.

Although most people will sympathize greatly with a child whose pet has died, and help them with their grief, there seems to be far less sympathy for an adult in the same situation. Crying in public, being down or sad when you would normally be louder, staring off in to the distance when your friends are speaking to you…. It can feel as if no one understands what you are going through, especially if you are surrounded by people who just don’t love animals like you.

I know that the death of a pet can affect you just as much as the death of a person, and it is important to understand that the stages of grief apply to pet loss just as much as they do to people.

You see, it doesn’t matter if your bereavement comes from the loss of a person, or the loss of a pet, you still have bereavement to deal with and so a natural process of grief is set in motion.

You have to deal with the pain and shock of loss. If you’ve never experienced it before, the depth of this pain can itself shock and surprise you – it’s as if you did not know you could feel quite so deeply. At first, it seems as if you can think of nothing else. Every waking moment, and even your dreams, seems to turn upon the loss.

This is the first stage of grief.

In the normal course of events, this first, intense, stage of grieving gradually gives way to a more generalized sense of sadness. You become more reflective about your relationship with the one you are grieving for. Life can still be a struggle, and you may feel low and lack motivation for anything. Your thoughts still constantly return to your loss. You may remain in this phase for a long time, but in due course it too passes.

Eventually, you find a way to accommodate your loss in your life. You still care deeply about the one who has gone, but you can continue with your own life, and feel able to find joy and pleasure in life again. When you remember the one who died, you focus more on the good times you had together. This is why Rainbow Bridge Online encourages its community to focus on the happy times you had with your pet… if you are in early stages this advice may just wash over you but eventually it makes sense.

And when I say eventually, it’s because you owners are all different. There is no ‘fixed’ time in which grieving should be ‘completed’. Every person is different just as every relationship with your pets is different. They’re unique. However, it can happen that grieving can so take over your life that you find it hard to function normally and do what you need to do. In such a situation, it is not a matter of ‘pulling yourself together’ or ‘getting over it’. Anyone who has depression in their life, or lives with someone with depression, know that these so called magic words do nothing to help, and can in fact make it so much harder to get through.

But what can help you through is learning how to grieve consciously. So, what is conscious grieving?

Although it feels as if grief is something which just hits you from outside, it helps to understand that it is the loss which hits you. Grieving is what you do after the loss, in order to assimilate it and prepare yourself to go on with life. It’s a coping process, and because it is about what you do, you have some control over how you do it. When you consciously grieve for your pet, you take charge of your grief, rather than letting it have charge of you.

So how do you use hypnosis to help you come through the death of a pet?

It’s hard to think clearly about such things when you are in a highly emotional state. So it’s good to know that there are ways to help yourself move comfortably into a process of grieving well, and suitably honoring the memory of your beloved pet. Death of a Pet is an audio hypnosis session which uses deep relaxation techniques and powerful therapeutic suggestion to help ease the process of grieving for a loved animal.

It is made by Hypnosis Downloads. I am a big follower of self hypnosis MP3 downloads. They’re so much cheaper than going to see a hypnotherapist in person, just as effective, and you can use them whenever it suits you, over and over again.

Just by taking the time to listen quietly to Death of a Pet, you will find yourself transported to a realm of peace and calm which will soothe your heart in its pain. The principles of mindful grieving will be imprinted in your unconscious mind, so that it will feel natural and right for you to grieve appropriately and help yourself come through to a place where you can remember your pet with joy and gladness after sadness.

Download Death of a Pet and resolve to truly honor the love you feel. Hypnosis is an incredible tool, very relaxing and may just be what you need to deal with these painful feelings you have.

Please understand this, to deal with your feelings isn’t to turn your back on your beloved pet, rather it is allowing you to remember them with a smile on your face, just as I want you to do as reflected in my poem A Single Tear.

Have you tried self-hypnosis for pet loss? Let me know in the comments below.

The Original Rainbow Bridge Poem

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The Original Rainbow Bridge Poem

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

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

Please also read my Rainbow Bridge poem, inspired by this original Rainbow Bridge, as well as A Single Tear which is also by me, and looks at the Rainbow Bridge from your pet’s point of view.

Are you looking for a downloadable or printable version of The Original Rainbow Bridge Poem?  Well, you’ve found it, but you have to join our mailing list first which of course is free of charge. Click HERE to go to The Original Rainbow Bridge poem download page.