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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....

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We recommend these resources regarding pet loss and the grieving process. Please contact us if you need further assistance.

Articles

These articles will assist you in the various aspects of coping with the final stages of your beloved pet's life.

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Books

  • Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet
      Describes the emotional turmoil a person may feel upon the death of a pet. Issues; "it was just a pet"; positive methods to help deal with feelings; euthanasia and when the time is right, how to prepare for a new pet

  • Dogwood and Catnip : Living Tributes, Departed Pets We Have Loved and Lost
      A unique book that offers bereaving pet owners a new approach to creating a memorial.

  • Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet
      Everything dies ... goldfish, great blue whales, friends and people we love.

  • Pet Loss : Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children
      This book belongs to all of us who have ever loved a pet.

  • Saying Good-Bye to the Pet You Love
      No matter what your friends and family might think or say, you know that the sorrow you feel about your pet's death is real and very painful.

  • The Loss of a Pet
      Covers all viewpoints of bereavement for a beloved animal companion. Addresses pet losses that are not death-related.

    General Information

  • Humane Society of Elkhart County
      The Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) is dedicated to promoting respect and responsibility for all animals and to the prevention of suffering and neglect through education, public service and adoption.

  • Humane Society of St. Joseph County
      To instill reverence for all life and to enhance the human/animal bond through the compassionate care of animals and community education.

  • Indiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals INSPCA
      Our Mission: To educate the individuals of our administration on the humane treatment of all animals, securing the quality of life for those domestic, wildlife, and livestock.

  • Michiana Bird Society
      MBS was first organized in 1989 by a handful of bird lovers, mostly breeders at that time. Today we have grown in membership and knowledge. Most of the 50 or so members fall under pet owners instead of breeders.

  • Nature's Way Animal Rescue and Response
      Nature’s Way Animal Rescue and Response specializes in Technical Animal Rescue and campaigning against animal abuse.

  • Pet Refuge
      Pet Refuge is a not-for-profit "no-kill" animal shelter run by volunteers for the placement of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes. Help us... help them.

    Pet Services

  • Comforting Creatures
      Comforting Creatures - Northern Indiana Pet Partners is an affiliated group of the Delta Society, a nation wide non-profit organization dedicated to improving human health through service and therapy animals.

  • Petfinder
      Resource providing a process for quickly locating and protecting your pet from being lost.

    Support Groups

  • Billings Funeral Home
      Our parent company with years of experience in providing personalized funeral services and grieving support for the loss of loved ones.

  • HomeVet.com
      Coping with the loss of a pet - information on grieving, mourning, explaining pet loss to your child, and reasons for Euthanasia.

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association
      Provides pet loss support hotlines that are tied to the veterinary colleges throughout the United States.

  • The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement
      Pet loss support for pet owners.

  • The Ferret Aid Society
      Charitable organization dedicated to the health, happiness and awareness of domesticated ferret friends.

  • The Humane Society of the United States
      The kindred spirit memorial program for support of pet loss.

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