Preparing for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2017

Macro of rainbow rose heart flower and multi colored petals

As some of you may be aware, I founded Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (RBRD) in 2015 as a special day for pet guardians to honor the memory of those beloved pets in their life they have loved and lost, but never forgotten – whether fur, fin, feathers, scales or something else. It’s held every year on August 28, in honor of the day I had to say goodbye to my precious Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, the meow author of Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond.

I’m mentioning it early for those of you who might want to participate in some manner. For those that plan on doing a special blog post, I will be hosting a RBRD blog hop. The post will go live at 12:00 a.m, EST, on August 28 with the code and linking information available at that time. I have also created a Facebook event page for those who want to post a picture, write a poem, share a favorite memory, upload a video, or share a blog post link. This is the event link – please feel free to invite others you think might want to be a part of the day. And as with every year, there is no pressure to participate and I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. I know it’s a sad day. But it’s also a beautiful day. The outpouring of love I see is so touching, as people share in the love they had (and still have) for their pet(s) and it’s a time when we can all take a moment to collectively come together and comfort one another.

I’ve created a new logo for the event and if anyone would like to use it, please email me at and I’ll forward it to you, as I’d prefer not to post it on my blog at the moment. I will also be doing something special this year with several companies that specialize in products for pet loss and grieving. If you’ll be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social venues, there is a hashtag #rainbowbridgeremembranceday that was trending last year if you care to use it, and if you’re crediting me for founding the day in any of your posts, please reference me as Deb Barnes of Zee and Zoey’s Cat Chronicles, author of Purr Prints of the Heart and founder of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Thank you in advance and have a wonderful Sunday!

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  1. It is such a wonderful thing, to be able to share the loss of our nearest and dearest. Thank you for the reminder, and shall look ahead to the day when we can celebrate life over death, and sweet memories.
    Purrs. ERin

  2. Brian frum says:

    I’m so glad you do this even though it makes my whiskers weepy wet.

  3. Ha!!!!! We are going to be featuring something too from a different company than the one you just won from on our blog…………this will be fun!!

  4. What a wonderful way to remember and celebrate those who have left for the bridge.

  5. Kitties Blue says:

    Deb, we will be pawticipating and would love to have a copy of the new logo. Please e-mail to our mom at JANET.BLUE@THECATONMYHEAD.COM
    We all think this is a very impawtant day and hope lots and lots of people pawticipate. Thanks for the reminder and for hopping. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  6. jmuhj says:

    Thank you for having this and for sharing it. Each of us celebrates the lives of our beloveds in unique and very personal ways, and I am sure that this is healing for those who choose to share in this way.

  7. We’ll be there for sure! If you could email the logo to me I would love it 🙂

  8. What a wonderful thing to do. Some of us don’t know exactly when we lost one of our fur babies, but it is good to have a special day to make a memorial to those who have left paw prints on my heart.
    Yael from Playing In Catnip

  9. It is a beautiful way to remember those we love and miss so much.

  10. Deziz World says:

    Fanks fur da reminder. We always furget ’bout these types of things. Mommy can barely ‘member the regular holidays and events. But we always ‘member sis Lexi and those who went befur her. And all our amazn’ and bootyful furiends. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  11. Thanks for the reminder. We’re planning to participate. It’s such a wonderful way to remember those that came before…both human and fur.

  12. Ellen Pilch says:

    Thank you for the reminder, we will definitely be participating. XO

  13. Such a wonderful thing for you to do! If I can stop tearing up I will try to participate!

  14. meowmeowmans says:

    This is such a lovely way to remember our angels. Thank you for the gentle reminder, Deb.

  15. It is very close to Dash’s anniversary on the 5th of September.

  16. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    guyz…..dood jazz iz veree veree happee…but we due knot knead ta say thiz, mom all reddy noes….
    we will glad lee post a badge on R side bar ~~~~~ ♥♥

  17. We plan on participating again. This is right around the anniversary of sweet little Beignet’s death.

    We’d love to include you in our 2018 Cat Blogging Calendar. Please see details at Mom Paula also wants to talk to you about a possible 1-page article submission for the calendar.,

  18. We plan to participate. Thank you for the reminder.