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Do you think there is really a Rainbow Bridge?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
If there is, it must be so crowded. Fern crossed over late this afternoon. I found her upstairs with what I first thought she was asleep. The kittens were clustered around her not seeking her nipples and just being very quiet for kittens. I went to pick her up, but she was gone. She did not deserve this, she would of been really happy here among us and was such a nice kitty. But since her vet visit I have watched her deteriote and be unable to shake her fever and other problems. Run free now Fern and catch up with your mates and forgive Mike and I for being unable to find out what was wrong with you and to fix it. We loved you for the short time you visited and you brought such a wonderful family into the world. Now go in peace and catch lots of mice and do everything you were meant to do here on earth.
post #2 of 29
Sorry to hear about Fern, Hissy. How old are her kittens? Give them kisses for me!
post #3 of 29
OH, I am so sorry to hear about Fern. After not posting in a week or so, it's heartbreaking to learn that another of Socs and Tigers cousins have passed.

I firmly believe that all animals have a place in heaven. It wouldn't be heaven otherwise. I know that when my time comes, I'll see my Grandparents, etc., after I have had pleanty of time to say HI to all my felines (nephews and nieces too) first.

Godspeed Fern! May your pastures be filled with butterflys to chase and warm sunshine to bask in.
post #4 of 29
Please accept my sympathy at this sad time for you and your family. Your dear Fern was a real hero, wasn't she? She was sick, yet hung on long enough to make sure her babies had a loving home. Please know you made a maximum effort to save her: Medical science was unable to establish a diagnosis, yet I know you'd hoped for a turn-around in her health regardless. It was Fern's time to go; and she surely loves you for having given her and her babies a chance in this world.


post #5 of 29
I agree with Mr. Cat. Fern's act of motherly love was to find a home for her kittens. Fern may have gone, but her kittens live on as her legacy.
post #6 of 29
Dear Hissy,
I'm so sorry to hear about Fern. I agree with everyone here. She was a strong woman and a very excellent mother to have made sure her babies had a good home. Hugs to you and your family. May Fern enjoy watching her children grow up while bathing in the sun in heaven.

post #7 of 29
Hissy, I am at a loss for words right now, but feel I need to say something.

I just got home from work, and yours was the second post I read.
I have been sitting here in tears for 10 minutes, my heart is breaking for you right now.

You tried so hard to help Fern, from taking in her and her babies, to being her nursemaid, and just plain LOVING her. It just seems so unfair to have her slip away from you.

She obviously had a very strong maternal instinct, and maybe knew she wasn't going to be around to care for the she brought them to you, knowing you would care for them.

You are an amazing woman, with such a tremendous heart...I admire you more than I can say.

Know in your heart and soul that you did all you could, and don't EVER feel that you failed Fern...she's at peace now.

I'll P.M. you in the morning and we can work something out for my new arrival...have decided I'd like Massey, if he's taken either Ash or Fergie, we'll see...but definately am taking one...and as soon as possible.

My thoughts and prayers are with you,

post #8 of 29

I am so sorry to hear about Fern, She left you a wonderful family to love and you did all you could for her. My thought and prayers are with you all.

post #9 of 29
What more can I say that others haven't already? I know I'm new here, but I've been following Fern's story and I am so saddened to learn that she couldn't hang on any longer. But she did find someone wonderful and caring to take care of her babies. Fern was smart - she knew that she came to the right place. Take care.
post #10 of 29
I'm so sad to hear about Fern!

I believe there is a rainbow bridge, and we will all see our babies again one day.
post #11 of 29
I am so sad for you and am amazed at what a strong and wonderful mom Fern was. To think that she was so sick and still able to find a loving home for her babies. My heart goes out to you.
post #12 of 29

I don't know what to say. I am so sorry for your loss. Fern was very lucky to have you and now you have her babies to comfort you. My prayers are with you.

post #13 of 29
I'm sorry about Fern. Yes, cats DO pass over to the Rainbow Bridge. I had a session with a medium last week. She said my Dad, who passed away 4 years ago, was sitting on the couch with a gray neutered male cat in his lap. That was his cat Tigger who passed last October. How could she have known that, as I just met her over the phone that day. So, yes I do believe that they pass over to the Rainbow Bridge.
post #14 of 29
Hissy - I'm so sorry to hear about Fern. Poor thing. I'm glad she was able to find you for her babies. You'll be in my thoughts.
post #15 of 29
Hissy; I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you and Mike did the best you could for Fern. Those of us who followed the story of this "Special Family" will miss her very much. . . . . Thank you for the love and care you shower on all your animals.
post #16 of 29
Hissy!!! I am SO sorry to hear about Fern passing away!!
I didn't know about it until I just logged onto the internet, a few minutes ago, and read my thread about losing Peaches, and someone made mention of you losing Fern there, so I searched for this thread.
Again, I am SO sorry for your loss.

Yes..I beleive there is a rainbow bridge. I doubt that it is actually called that, but here is what I truley beleive in my heart.........( I hope it helps).........

God created us to be his children. He is our heavenly father. He loves us even more than our earthly fathers do, and even sent his son to die to save our he loves us THAT much....then why wouldn't he make sure that when we die, and go to heaven, that our beloved pets are there to greet us, and live with us there! ANY loving father who had this in his capability would do this for his child, knowing how much they loved their pet. So I know that when we get to heaven, our animals we have loved and lost, will be there....waiting for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
The vet called and said Fern had a small malformed unborn kitten still inside and a ruptured bladder.

Thank you to all of you who expressed such emotions about the passing of this wonderful momcat. Especially those who have recently lost their own wonderful feline friends. Please say a prayer that I will be able to find wonderful homes for her kittens, they are going to need something much more special than I can provide here at my full house. I am still wading through paperwork, and if this non-profit organization can get off the ground, I would like to call it Fern's Bridge.
post #18 of 29
I know there is a Bridge as there was another crossing today. It's my friend's 14 year old greyhound Corby. The best baby in the world and I had the honor of meeting him. It's not a good year for the this year as they lost 2 of their cats also. I'm lighting a candle for a safe crossing for Corby.

post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 
I will add another candle in the window for Colby's passage. I am sorry for your friend's loss
post #20 of 29

I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Fern. Apparently God led her to the best place he could find in preparation for her crossing: straight to you. I am frankly amazed that she survived and nurtured her kittens as long as she did, given her medical condition. She was one outstanding mother and will be remembered. I believe she touched all of us in the short time we knew her.

My prayers and blessings are with you. A candle for Fern is burning.
post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
I think God had His hand in it for sure. Ash only recently started eating regular food and she nursed him daily. She didn't move much from her bed upstairs and I knew she was going downhill and was powerless to help her. She was an amazing mother and drew from a strength I can only admire. The kits miss her alot, especially Champagne and Massey and Ash
post #22 of 29

I can only dwell on the thought of what would have become of those babies had God not led Fern to you and Mike.

I can't think of a higher compliment than His enlisting your aid.
post #23 of 29
I am so sorry for you. I will definately keep you in my prayers, as well as Debby and Fireshoes. I think "Fern's Bridge is a wonderful name. Let us know how you are holding up.
post #24 of 29
I am so sorry to hear about poor Corby..and all of your heartbreak, Frannie....I hope you will keep us posted as to how you are doing.
post #25 of 29
Oh Hissy please forgive me as I didn't realize that Fern crossed the Bridge. I thought you were posting in general and since Corby crossed the same day as Fern I didn't realize it. I'm so sorry, I feel horrible. I know Fern and Corby crossed together and will be watched very carefully. She's looking down on you and knows you and Mike did all you could for her. A candle will be lit for her and comforting prayers are being sent for you and Mike and her kittens. Please forgive me.

post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
I knew she wouldn't make it, she was getting weaker by the day. I just didn't say anything except to put her on multiple prayer lists. God called her home after making sure her babies would be well provided for. Again, I am sorry about Colby but they probably did make the trip together.
post #27 of 29
Oh, Hissy! I said I was sorry about poor Fern in another thread, but I only got to read this one now... I wasn't reading too many threads lately, and at first I thought this would be some theological debate kind of thread. Stupid me!

So, this is the place to say it again - I am truly sorry for your loss. Thank you for making Fern's last days filled with love and with the knowledge that her family is safe and well taken care of!
post #28 of 29
So, sorry to hear about Fern's passing...what a wonderful mother she was to find you to take care of her babies....Cyberhugs to you for your kindness and love to all animals esp. the homeless cats of this world.
post #29 of 29
I just want to say once again, very sorry I am that you lost are in my thoughts and prayers.
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