Poems for grieving the loss of a pet

To My Best Friend

The day they laid you down to sleep
I prayed to the Lord; your soul he’ll keep
Until the appointed day and time
when together we’ll meet; and all will be fine

With all God’s; creatures great and small
go run and play now, have a ball
No more aches; and no more pain
just bright sunshine; no more rain

Rest in peace; for now best friend
cradled in God’s arms; to the end
Dream of that special; day and time
when we’ll meet at the Bridge; one last time

Although we’ll be separated; for a long time
we’ll be together then; and all will be fine
We’ll cross Rainbow Bridge; side by side
with a soft warm feeling; deep down inside

Once again then; all will be fine
we’re together forever; till the end of time
John Quealy

 

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak, And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this, the last battle, can’t be won.

You will be sad I understand, But don’t let grief then stay your hand, For on this day, more than the rest, Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years, You wouldn’t want me to suffer so. When the time comes, please, let me go. Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend, Only, stay with me till the end

And hold me firm and speak to me, Until my eyes no longer see. I know in time you will agree, It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved, From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must be you, Who has to decide this thing to do; We’ve been so close,we two, these years, Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
Author Unknown

 

I’m Still Here

Friend, please don’t mourn for me, I’m still here, though you don’t see. I’m right by your side each night and day, And within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I’m always near, I’m everything you feel, see or hear. My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart, As long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander out of your sight. I’m the brightest star on a summer night. I’ll never be beyond your reach. I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around, And the pure white snow that blankets the ground. I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond, The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring, The first warm raindrop that April will bring. I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine, And you’ll see that the face in the moon is mine.

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you, You can talk to me through the Lord above you. I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees, And you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep, And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep. I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face. Just look for me, friend, I’m everyplace!
Author Unknown

 

I Am Not There

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.

 

Treasured Friend

I lost a treasured friend today The little dog who used to lay Her gentle head upon my knee And shared her silent thoughts with me.

She’ll come no longer to my call Retrieve no more her favourite ball A voice far greater than my own Has called her to his golden throne.

Although my eyes are filled with tears I thank him for the happy years He let her spend down here with me And for her love and loyalty.

When it is time for me to go And join her there, this much I know I shall not fear the transient dark For she will greet me with a bark.
Author Unknown

 

To Love Again

Oh what unhappy twist of fate Has brought you homeless to my gate, The gate where once another stood To beg for shelter warmth and food?

For from that day I ceased to be The master of my destiny, While she, with purr and velvet paw Became within my house the law.

She scratched the furniture and shed And claimed the middle of my bed, She ruled in arrogance and pride And broke my heart the day she died.

So if you really think, oh cat I’d willingly relive all that, Because you come forlorn and thin Well don’t just stand there – come on in!
Author Unknown

 

Tribute to a Best Friend

Sunlight streams through window pane onto a spot on the floor…..
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie, but now you are no more.

Our feet walk down a hall of carpet, and muted echoes sound…..
then I remember,
it’s where your paws would joyously abound.

A voice is heard along the road, and up beyond the hill,
then I remember,
it can’t be yours….. your golden voice is still.

But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor and empty muted hall, and lay them with the absent voice and unused dish along the wall.

I’ll wrap these treasured memories in a blanket of my love, and keep them for my best friend until we meet above.
Author Unknown