The sight of this superb rainbow over Chestnut Lodge recently was a welcome relief to the endless rain and storms we are experiencing. Something good does emerge from all this.
The Rainbow Bridge Story
The idea of the Rainbow Bridge has been used in pet bereavement circles for some time now and is particularly popular among groups in the States. Many people find it a great help in coping with the loss of a pet. For anyone who has not seen it here is the story.
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
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
You will find a number of re-writings in the form of poems on the web.
The Legends Giving Rise to The Rainbow Bridge
In Norse mythology, Bifrös, or sometimes Bilröst, is a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard (the world) and Asgard, the realm of the gods
The same website gives details of another legend coming from the Native Americans.
When a human dies, there is a Bridge he or she must cross in order to enter Heaven. At the head of this Bridge waits every animal that the individual encountered during his or her lifetime. Based upon what they know of this person, the animals will decide which humans may cross the Bridge and which will be turned away.
An interesting view – the power of humans over animals is turned right around after death.
The Rainbow Bridge in the Material World
In the solid
The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo
First is Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning Tokyo Bay to connect Shibaura Wharf and the Odaiba waterfront area. The bridge was completed in 1993 and was painted all in white to help it better blend in with the Tokyo skyline. During the day, solar panels on the bridge collect and store energy to power a series of
The picture is by Marc-André Mireault
The Rainbow Bridge in Utah
The second is the Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Utah, USA.
Tucked among the rugged, isolated canyons at the base of Navajo Mountain, Rainbow Bridge was known for centuries by the Native Americans who lived in the area. Native Americans living in the region have long held the bridge sacred. Ancestral Puebloan residents were followed much later by Paiute and Navajo groups. Several Paiute and Navajo families, in fact, still reside nearby. Indeed, Theodore Roosevelt wrote after a visit in 1913
“Next morning early we started our toilsome return trip. The pony trail led under the arch.
From its base to the top of the arch, it is 290 feet-nearly the height of the Statue of Liberty -and spans 275 feet across the river. The top of the arch is 42 feet thick and 33 feet wide.
So there it is – all this from a fleeting rainbow over a Sussex Pet Cemetery. The world is indeed connected.
by Stephen Mayles, Chestnut Lodge Pet Crematorium and Pet Cemetery
PS. You can keep in touch with us through this blog or, if you prefer, then follow us on Facebook or Twitter. For now, why not like or share this article on Facebook or your Twitter feed.