Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is finally here. August 28th, 2018, is a day pet owner's who lost their beloved pals get to share memories of their special friends who sadly crossed the rainbow bridge. It doesn't matter if you lost your pet recently or years ago, the day is to honor all of the animals that have touched our lives.
Deborah Barnes, author and blogger of Zee & Zoey's Cat Chronicles, founded the day as a tribute her precious cat Mr. Jazz who passed away on August 28th, 2013. She created an event called Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day as a sway for all pet owners to honor their friends who have crossed the rainbow bridge before us. The name comes from a 1990's book where an unnamed author wrote about how he or she envisioned pets playing on a rainbow bridge in heaven, while they wait to be reunited with their owners.
There is no right or wrong way to celebrate the day. However, sometimes it can be challenging to find the way honor our animal family members so we can come up with ten ways you can honor your pet that has passed away.
10 Post On Social Media
The most common way is to write a tribute or memory post with a collage of photos and share in various social media platforms. It is not the most original idea, but it is the best way for pet owners to get their story heard. If you are not into sharing your story, you can also switch your profile picture to the Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day logo or photo of your pet.
9 Donate Some Cash
Donate in your pet's name to an animal organization of your choice. There are so many organizations out there in need of funds to help all kinds of animals. Not only will you be honoring the one you loved, but you will also be helping other animals in need. It is a win-win situation just make sure you carefully research which organization to donate to as sadly there are many scams.
8 Volunteer Your Time
If you don't have the extra funds to donate, then donate your time. Animal shelters are desperately in need of help with cleaning, feeding the animals and most importantly loving them. It won't bring back your loved one, but spending time loving an animal who doesn't get much love, will feel your heart with joy.
7 Make A Photo Collage
Create a beautiful photo collage of your pet to display in your home proudly. Take all the photos you have of your precious animal with you or alone show them off to all your visitors. You can even get a frame where the pet's name is displayed in the middle, as well as a loving message. The best part is you can do it however you want because it is your tribute.
6 Get A Tattoo
Get a tattoo in honor of your pet. It could be their face, their name, even a paw print the sky is the limit. Permanently marking your body is not for everyone but if you are into it, you will have a constant reminder of your friend. Plus you can create it all by yourself, so it is unique and special to the animal you love.
5 Plant A Tree
If you could plant a tree in honor of your pet who has passed, what kind of tree would you pick? pic.twitter.com/T2PjpvJOwO— RootedPet (@RootedPet) February 25, 2017
Plant a tree in your backyard or your local park with a plaque honoring your lost pet. The tree will live and grow, just like the memories of your friend. It also gives you a place to visit if you want to feel closer to the animal you lost. Any tree will do, but you will need to do some research to find the right one for the place you choose to plant. Especially, if get permission to plant in a park.
4 Make A Quilt
If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can make a quilt from your pet's bed or toys. You could even put pictures of your pet on the quilt. This option is fun, practical, and will make you feel closer to your loved one. When it comes to making a quilt there are so many possibilities. Even if you are not good at sewing, you could always hire someone to make a quilt for you.
3 Share Something Your Animal Loved
If your animal's had a favorite treat or toy, buy them, and share them with other animals. Whether you do it at a park or shelter, bring joy to other animals with something your pet treasured is a perfect tribute. It is a reminder of the happier times with your pet, plus this can be an ongoing act of kindness honoring your friend.
2 Do Your Favorite Activity
Spend the day doing an activity that you and your pet loved to do, even if that is merely sitting on the couch watching TV. This can be tough depending on the kind of animal you lost, but it can also be very special. All pet owners have one unique thing they cherished to do with their animal, like going to the park, do it again only if it is for the one day.
1 Adopt Another Animal
Have you ever heard of 'fur-ternity leave'? 🐶🐱— Im All News (@ImAllNews) August 24, 2018
A US marketing company is allowing employees to work from home for a week after they adopt a pet! pic.twitter.com/WmbmpM3gkV
A great way to honor your lost pet is to give another animal in need of a good loving home. You are not replacing your friend that passed because there is no replacement. However, opening your heart and home to another pet is priceless. It is a tribute to the pet you lost because you loved them and your love made their life special, so it would be tragic not to share that love with more animals.
However you choose to spend Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, the most important thing to keep in mind is the day is all about honoring your lost pet. The way you do that is up to you and should be special to you, as well as the pet you lost. So take a moment, take a breath and share those memories.
What have you done in the past to pay tribute to your lost pet on Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day? What do you have planned for this year? Share your thoughts with us!