"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed."
It never ceases to amaze me the flood of emotions that accompanies a loss of a beloved pet. We go along trudging day by day petting, feeding, bathing fulfilling our customary sense of duties. Stopping from time to time, during our hectic schedule, to bring acknowledgement to the only existing force of unconditional love in our home with a frazzled pet on the head. These beings are always there, migrating into the the flawless woodwork, never asking for much but love. We find comfort in them when our days are dark, and joy when their robust energy envelopes us. They accompany us on family adventures and unlike most members they never ask or want. They just bask in whatever experience we place at their feet. Then they are gone. No notice, no impending disaster hovers over their final days - just gone - as though their ticket has been punched unexpectedly and on the train they board.
All of a sudden that pant that once filled the room is vacant. Those beseeching eyes that watched you crisscross the tiled floor in front her, lost forever. That simple security as she quietly scooted next to you on the floor while paying bills online, bare. Those nightly walks with a great companion, void. The dog park that harvested playful moments with others, abandoned. Family trips that included complete itinerary for canines will lie unfilled now.
No matter how much preparation is given to their final days a sense of loss accompanies the moment. After all, animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support, and unconditional love. If you understand and accept this bond between humans and animals, you've already taken the first step toward coping with pet loss - the grieving process. And nothing "smarts" more than the loss of a treasured family member. All you can do is pray and ward off the impending storm until it subsides and rays of light peak through of glistened memories.
During these times take comfort in the above verse, God has a plan. During these moments of uncertainty it is beyond our capacity to fully comprehend why this is happening. But God promises to restore beauty that existed before, prior to emotional distraught. This means that a new day is coming when every tear will be wiped from our eyes. The things that cause us pain, grief, and death will cease to exist. As John was once told, "the old order of things" will pass away, and a new order will come into being.
Sometimes these promises may seem far off when we are depressed as my family is today. A beloved loss of a pet this weekend has sent us spiraling off course for a bit. But, we find solitude in the Lords blessings gaining acceptance that such a blessed life was allowed to touch ours for 13 years. When our hearts are hardened during such episodes, God wants us to know that as sure as Jesus came once, he will come again. And with him will come the promise of hope in the afterlife. He will wipe away our tears. There we will be all reunited again.
We dedicate this poem to our beloved Sandy.
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....
Dedicated for all those who have lost a trusted friend and family member.