When It Is Time To Say Goodbye

Waiting-Rainbow-BridgeWe, at Homeward Bound, are very sorry for your loss.

We know first-hand how a pet can come into our lives and change it for the better.

Your canine companion was meant to be with you, to teach you compassion, forgiveness and love; and of course make you laugh along the way. We have been blessed by their presence, no matter the length of time. We know your pain; know that we wish both you and them peace.

Rainbow 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.

Support Resources

Recover from Grief

Pet Loss

In Memory of Pets

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Phone support

Support groups in California (none in the Sacramento region)