Sunday-Selfie: Preparing for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Jazz for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Jazz was always in the hallway of the living room, looking at me before he’d jump up onto the couch to snuggle with me.

It’s almost too hard to comprehend, but my beloved Jazz has been gone nearly three years. He’s never left my heart, but recently I’ve felt him all around me in a very strong sense. I don’t know if it’s because his Rainbow Bridge anniversary is August 28th and that’s been in the back of my mind, or if it’s because lately I feel as if Jazmine is “sharing” him with me via herself.

Allow me to explain—during the evening hours, Jazz used to always stand in the living room hallway, near the TV armoire, and just stop and stare at me for a few minutes before he’d either come jump on the couch to snuggle with me, or wander off to do whatever it is cats feel compelled to do as they wander around at night. He had a white bib, and so does Jazmine, so it might just be that similarity that’s catching me off-guard.

But lately, she’s taken to making a really loud, high-pitched, long and drawn out moaning meow when she carries toys around the house before she drops them at my feet, or Dan’s. None of this is particularly unusual for her. But her meows lately, sound slightly different than they used too—they’ve begun to sound so identical to how Jazz used to sound when he carried wadded up balls of paper around—that I had to physically tell myself Jazz is no longer with me.


Jazmine has been giving me that same look as Jazz lately, while she sits in the hallway where Jazz used to.

Regardless, it doesn’t matter. I like having him around me again. I really miss him and it’s nice to think he might just be stopping by to say hello. Or maybe he wants to help remind you all that August 28th is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. I initiated the event last year as a tribute to him, and all pets that have been loved and lost in this world, to great success. While it’s not always easy to remember those we miss so much, the overall feedback I got, was that people were grateful to have a way to honor their lost pets by either blogging about them, posting pictures or stories on Facebook, and more.

I will once again be hosting a blog hop and the code for that will be up at midnight, EST on August 28 on this blog. I also have a Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day event page set up on Facebook if you prefer to participate that way. Please do whatever makes you feel most comfortable—whether it means participating from the sidelines, blogging, joining the Facebook event, or doing nothing at all but remembering any losses you may have, privately in your heart. How we handle grief is extremely personal and I wouldn’t begin to suggest otherwise.

If you’d like to grab this Rainbow Bridge Remembrance day graphic for personal use, please feel free. You can also email me for the image at and I’ll get it to you. Thank you and have a blessed Sunday.


Official Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day logo

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  1. Sue Brandes says:

    Hugs to you. I miss my Bear Bear too.

  2. So glad that Jazz is finding ways to let you know he is still around. It was 7 years June that I lost Oskar and I still miss him every single day. Thank you so much for creating Remembrance Day. I really appreciate it!
    Marty’s Mom

  3. My beloved Rom has been gone for 19 years, but I still hold him close in my heart. Hope you’re having a good weekend.

  4. Ellen Pilch says:

    Jazz was a handsome boy. I do believe they come to visit us. Thank you for the Rainbow Bridge Day reminder.

  5. Bernadette says:

    It’s hard to believe it’s been three years. Of course they come back to visit, and your other felines will let you know. 🙂 I have my annual art exhibit that day but I hope to be able to participate. Purrs to you in Jazz’s memory.

  6. We are truly never alone with our companions, past or present, and yes those for the future too! Have a love filled day. purrs ERin

  7. speedyrabbit says:

    Such a beauty,you know I still feel the other buns climbing up my legs some time and I see them zoom past me,and it when Speedy is not in the room so I know its not him,xx Rachel

  8. We’re sure our angels find ways to say hello. Claire thinks that when we’re starring at “nothing”, we may have seen an angel. Purrs

  9. jmuhj says:

    So many angels watching down from above here, it would take a long time to count them all. Most recently, though, we have bid farewell to our beloved Rani angel, 19 years and almost 2 months, on 29 June, and sweet Sammi, on 8 November, 2015, and sweet Samuda, on 30 August 2012. The pain does not lessen; we just go on.

  10. We will be purrticipating!! Might have to repeat last year’s post, but we will be there!!

  11. Timmy says:

    This is a wonderful day we can all celebrate our dear Angels. Thanks so much. We will be joining in the hop fur sure

  12. Timmy says:

    Oh yes, we have our dear friends come visit and Dad is really good on picking up the energy they bring to us all when they do. Purrs

  13. Such a beautiful remembrance to all our beloved animals. Granny still misses all her kitties and doggie, even if they have left 40 years ago. We know they are still around, we can feel them and sometimes we can see them too 🙂 Pawkisses for a wonderful day 🙂 <3

  14. We’ll be remembering ScooterCat who left us over 10 years ago…hard to believe it’s been that long.

  15. What a beautiful story of your sweet boy. We’ll be there for sure.

  16. Sweet post….we miss our Angels so much too.

    The Florida Furkids

  17. Andrea says:

    Yes, it’s been three years since Mewdy Blue left as well (July 13th). Unfortunately I haven’t felt him around much although I have had a couple of instances when I am grieving him that I feel something wrapped around my feet. He always did that when we had playtimes.

  18. Jean Dion says:

    What a wonderful way to look at things. I love the idea that our gone cats use our present cats to communicate with us. I never thought of it that way, but it really does make sense. I hope your sweet one keeps visiting you.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  19. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    dood jazz; thiz iz one oh de awesumest fotoz oh ewe we haz seen !!
    R ya gonna help yur mom with her new book ??? ~~~ ♥♥♥