"The pain is so intense because the joy was so intense...."
In Memory of Elmo,
beloved friend of Suzanne
In Memory of Sam,
beloved friend of Lori
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you...
I loved you so --
'twas Heaven here with you.
-Isla Paschal Richardson
I explained to St. Peter that I'd rather stay here
Outside the pearly gate.
I won't be a nuisance, I won't even bark.
I'll be very patient and wait.
I'll be here, chewing on a celestial bone
No matter how long you may be.
I'd miss you so much if I went in alone It wouldn't be heaven for me.
A Poem for the Grieving
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die...
A Special Place
You have a special place, Dear Lord
that I know you always keep.
A special place reserved for dogs,
to peacefully fall asleep.
A place with fluffy pillows,
and a yard for hiding bones.
With maybe a little babbling creek,
that rushes over stones.
With wide green fields and flowers,
for those who never knew,
of running, playing freely,
under a sky of perfect blue.
Lord, I know you keep this special place,
and so to you I pray,
for one oh so special dog,
who came to you today.
They were so full of strength and love,
and so very, very wise.
The puppy look they once had,
this morning left their eyes.
They will be dearly missed,
This special love of mine.
But, now they'll romp and play,
in your land that's so divine.
Speak to my baby softly, please
with a hug and a warm hello.
They are a special gift to you, dear Lord,
from me-who loved them so.
In Memory of Havoc and Simon,
beloved friends of the Tiller family.
In Memory of Kira,
beloved friend of Jean
In Memory of Tinkerbelle and Murphy,
two of Amie's best friends.
The Rainbow Bridge Poem
Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the 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 they 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.
So our beloved pets are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they miss their family, who had to be left behind.
The animals all run and play all day, together...
But then a 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 pet finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress his beloved head.
You look once more into his trusting eyes, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge...together...
In Memory of Sparky,
beloved friend of Nicole
In Memory of Lexi and Chip, beloved friends of Greta and Mark.
In Memory of Jake, beloved friend of Julie.
In Memory of Tundra and Mattie beloved friends of Ray.
In Memory of Rigsby,
beloved friend of the Habib family.
In Memory of Jessie,
beloved friend of the Votoli family.
In Memory of Scrappe,
beloved friend of Debbie
In Memory of Madison,
beloved friend of Mark,Kerri and Jack
In Memory of Oscar, beloved friend of the Shiffer family
In Memory of Nikki, beloved friend of Giunta family
In Memory of 5-O, beloved friend of the Hurd family
In Memory of Harmony, beloved friend of the Liberatore family
In Memory of Snoop, beloved friend of the Wagner family