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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

I've been checking the "Cat Site" out for a few months now and have really been enjoying it.

I am SO SAD today as my best friend, Shy, my female long haired tabby had to be put down due to having her spine chrushed by a car. I am devastated and don't know how to handle it. I've had many cats in my day but SHE was like a "soul mate". We understood each other on a higher level, if you know what I mean. I can't seem to function and I'm trying so hard.

I have seen somewhere where there's a web page for a memorial for our animals... something called "The Bridge" or on that order. Does anyone have any info on this? I would appreciate it very much.

post #2 of 18
I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had the words, but I do not. you will find the people on this site to be some of the kindest most compassionate that you will ever encounter. I personally don't have the email address for the rainbow bridge, but I know someone on here does. I bet it won't be longer than an hour before someone has posted that information. The people on this site are on the ball.

again I'm sorry for your loss and you and Shy will be in my thoughts and prayers.
post #3 of 18

i dont know what i can say, except, my heart is breaking for
you and Shy.

i am sorry you have to go through this, i know if i lost
my special cat, i would be feeling just as you are, and
i think what i would tell myself would be to grieve as long
as i needed to, and to talk about it with those who would

i'm so very sorry.


if you need someone to talk about this with, email me
anytime: lhily@home.com
post #4 of 18

You beat me to the response.



Let me say I am sorry for your terrible loss. I know you will find everyone here caring and supportive.
post #5 of 18
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!

I am overcome at the moment and I do appreciate your feedback... this place is wonderful and I will check out the different urls that you all have provided. You are totaly correct about the "grieving process".. it does take time. I'll be posting in a few days but I really wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. "Others" in my home just don't understand the intense grief that I am expierencing. You all do and I thank you for that..

post #7 of 18
Please accept my condolances. It's so hard to lose a "soul mate". I lost mine (Rocky) a year ago this past November and still miss him so much. I have him tattooed to my leg. It takes time for the grieving to heal but we will be there for you whenever you need a shoulder to cry on. She is no longer suffering and is playing at the Bridge.

post #8 of 18
Losing a special cat is a terrible loss. I lost two of the most wonderful cats in the last three months - my house feels so foreign without them, even though I have other cats. My husband and I walk around missing Phoebe and Chloe. I know how hard it is in the beginning. You are in my thoughts.
post #9 of 18
I'm so sorry about your loss! It must be so difficult for you, losing her in such a violent way!

Please feel free to mourn and share your grief here - we fully understand!
post #10 of 18
Breezy; My heart is broken for you. I will pray for your healing, but I know it takes time. Thank you so much for the love you showed to a "Special Friend". Your good deeds will not go unrewarded, and when the time is right another friend will come to your door on four soft paws and you will love again.
post #11 of 18
Please accept my condolences on the decease of your beloved Shy. My feline soul-mate Ricky passed away more than one year ago. I know he is at peace now, as is Shy. Yet it is for us, the living, to feel the pain of that sword to our hearts which seperation from loved ones brings. We, our departed feline-companions and us, are forever linked in love; so in that respect we shall always be together.

post #12 of 18
I am so sorry to hear about your loss! My thaughts and prayers are with you!
post #13 of 18
Please accept my sincere condolences. I lost my "soul mate" 18 years ago and I still miss her. I remember how heart-breaking it was.
post #14 of 18
When a dear friend's beloved Siamese companion passed away some time ago, I wanted to write something for her that would bring her a smile - This was the result...I sincerely hope it brings peace to those here who are grieving today, and every day. Sadira was my first Siamese, who died from the complications of diabetes in the Spring 3 years ago.

A Message From The Bridge - Summer, 1999

Hello, my name is Sadira, and I am an Angel - Guardian Status 3 Years now, currently posted for duty at Rainbow Bridge. I became an angel in the Spring, when my momma, Gaye, in the most selfless act she knew to do, took my pain and suffering from me and made it her own. I was sick for some time and had suffered a great deal, so my momma is still living with my pain even now, 3 long years later, because she loved me so much and I had been hurting so long. I didn't like going to the vet yet again, I was so tired and just wanted to go to sleep, but then I understood, and momma cried on my fur as my own Guardian Angel came to escort me to the Rainbow Bridge. It was so wonderful to be free from pain, and to run after my friends who had left before me. But I miss her so...

As a part of my duties here, I am sometimes asked to come to Earth and escort the new recruits home to wait for their special companions. Sometimes, like me, these newest recruits have been very ill while still in their earthly form; but due to accidents, some others must leave very quickly and it takes them and their companions by surprise, but come they all must when called for Bridge Duty.

As Guardian Angels, of any Status, whether it is one day or many years, we all know the pain we cause our companions when we are called for duty here at the Bridge and must leave them behind for a while. It is a topic of conversation frequently around the dining hall, where we feast on special treats and fine meals several times a day. After just such a conversation, it was decided that we should let our earthly caretakers know a bit about the trip, and what we do here while we wait for you to join us again.

Before the sun rises, I receive my orders for the day and make preparations to come to Earth. I groom my beautiful golden wings very carefully and practice fluttering them gently in the breeze before I float down to earth to escort one of our new recruits back to Rainbow Bridge. Most tell me they are finally ready to leave and are happy to see me, some are a bit confused, but as I gently explain to them the time for their service as a Guardian Angel has come, their spirits grow peaceful. All of them have around the place that was their heart a beautiful rainbow of ribbons which trails and flutters in the wind all the way back down to earth. The first time I was asked to be an official Bridge Escort (it is QUITE an honor and we are all called for this special duty from time to time) I asked what the ribbons were for. I learned that the ribbons were a way of taking all the wonderful memories of earth and special companions to share with others they knew at the Bridge. There is also another ribbon, a tiny silver ribbon of the finest filament which trails behind; forever connecting the recruit to his loved ones below. When they are ready to go, I enfold the new recruit within the peaceful warmth of my golden wings and we fly high over the clouds towards the dawning sun.

All purr in ecstasy as we soar through the air, feeling the grace and power of their spirits released from the frailities of the mortal body for the first time. We turn back once to gaze down at the planet below and whisper a quick farewell, then turn our spirits towards the Rainbow Bridge and the fine meal that awaits us ahead.

We all have duties and responsibilties while waiting at the Bridge for you to join us. But the most important one is Bridge Escort and we all look forward to it when our turn finally comes around again. These are the times that we can take but a moment from our escort duties to follow our own silver ribbons back to our loved ones and once again brush our spirits against the loving and familiar faces of the special companions we had to leave behind.

All of us here at the Bridge wanted for you to know that we miss you horribly, but we are happy here, content and painfree, napping in sun spots and chasing endless rainbows of memory ribbons with joy each day while we wait to see you again. That is a day we all look forward to and know will be a happy one.

Wishing all grieving companions many rainbow ribbons of happy memories, I remain yours in peace forevermore,

Sadira, Guardian Angel
post #15 of 18
Here I am at work, with tears running down my face.

that touched me so deeply Gaye.

thank you
post #16 of 18
Thank you for sharing with us that beautiful message from Sadira. It is a masterpiece!

post #17 of 18
Oh my gosh....I was on the verge of bawling all night...but this just did it.

Breezy....I am SO sorry to hear about your poor baby having to be put down....

If you live anywhere near Iowa, I would love to give you one of my adorable new baby kittens, it will never take the place of your cat, but might help ease the pain a bit.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks so very much, Gayef...... that was beautiful and reassuring. Many, many nice ppl here!

I'm pleasantly letting the words slowly seep in.

And....... Deb, Thanks for your heartfelt offer but I do have 3 other feline companions here at my home..LOL, one of our "she's" is expecting soon. Kinda scared that I"ll get "attached" again, I suppose we all know our own weakness but is that really a weakness?

It's nice to know that people care.

Talk with all you beautiful people soon.
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