The death of a beloved pet, whether it’s the family dog, a furry kitty, or something a little more obscure, is a sad occasion. Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day on August 28 is the day that we remember the pets that are no longer with us. Whilst the pain of losing a pet somewhat heals over time, they are never forgotten, and today is their day. The day was founded by author Deborah Barnes as a way for people to share their memories of the pets that they have lost, whether it’s a dog, a hamster, or a snake.
History of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Deborah Barnes had to say goodbye to her cat, Mr. Jazz, on August 28, 2013. Deborah published an emotional book that detailed her journey of letting Mr. Jazz go, it was called “Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale Of Life, Death and Beyond.”
After the book was released Deborah received an overwhelming reaction from those who had read it. People reached out to Deborah to share their own stories of a pet passing, and Deborah realized that her journey was being mirrored by others and that a pet dying was a deeply emotional time for many.
So, in honor of Mr. Jazz, and for all the readers who were touched by her book, Deborah decided to create Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day as a chance for people across the world to share their stories and memories of pets that they have loved and lost. It was in 2015 that the holiday was first observed, and now each year on August 28 people are taking time out to remember their pets.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day timeline
- August 28, 2015
A Time To Remember
After such a strong reaction to her book, Deborah created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day as a way for everyone to remember their pets.
The Book Is Published
Deborah published her book in honor of Mr. Jazz and their relationship.
- August 28, 2013
Mr. Jazz Passes
Deborah’s cat Mr. Jazz sadly died after the two of them had spent 15 years in each other’s company.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day FAQs
When is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day?
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is August 28.
Why do we observe Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day?
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is a chance for us to honor our pets that have passed and celebrate the lives that they lived.
What should I do on Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day?
Take time out to remember any pets you had that have now passed. Look through old photos and share some memories with your family.
How To Observe Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Reminisce with friends and family
The best way to remember your pet is to remember the good times. Call up a family member or friend who knew your pet well and do a spot of reminiscing.
Post a memory
If you like sharing on social media, then why not post a picture of your pet and share a memory. Use the hashtag #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay to join the others who are doing the same.
Look through old photos
There’s no better way to remember than to look through old photos. It’s a great way to remind yourself of all the fun times you and your pet had.
5 Unique Ways To Remember A Pet That Has Passed
An online memorial
You can visit a dedicated website to create a unique memorial dedicated to your pet.
Make a donation
Pick an animal charity that you admire and donate in honor of your pet.
A Christmas ornament
Make a Christmas ornament that features a photo of your pet, you’ll get to see them every time the holidays come around.
Plant a tree
Replace life with life, plant a tree to signify the long and lasting memory of your pet.
Commission a unique work of art that you can have on display somewhere in your home.
Why Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day Is Important
A. They were a huge part of our lives
We feed our pets every day. They provide us with comfort when we are down. To lose a pet is to lose a friend, and we should never forget the roles they played in our lives.
B. A chance to be nostalgic
Who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia? Sure, it’s sad that we lost our pet, but it’s also a great chance to remember all the awesome and beautiful times you had together.
C. It’s good to share with others
Many share their pet stories on social media, and this community spirit and togetherness helps people look back with fondness on their pet’s life. It’s great to have willing listeners to your treasured memories.
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