Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger lives on in our hearts

Today is Pet Remembrance Day.

We miss Gracey every day but are now able to smile when we think of her. There are the bouts of overwhelming sadness too but we are working through the process and are forever grateful to each of you that has helped us along the way. I wrote a series of posts along our healing journey, starting with Since You’ve Been Gone.  I  receive messages from friends who are also on their healing journey telling me how finding a kindred spirit who understands the true depth of pet loss is helping them heal their broken hearts.

Purr Prints of the Heart- A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond.

Purr Prints of the Heart

Our friend Deb Barnes wrote the book Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond  after saying goodbye on August 28, 2013 to her beloved Ragdoll companion cat, Mr. Jazz, who had lived to the age of 15. Deb’s book’s purpose is to help others who have lost a pet and are having difficulty with the grieving process.

Mr. Jazz and Deb spent a lifetime together. The bond they shared was special. Mr. Jazz was her companion through the best and worst of times. When  the realization that Mr. Jazz was dying at 15 years of age, Deb knew she would have to face the difficult and painful decision of helping let him go. Deb learned invaluable lessons from her beloved cat about life, love, grieving and letting go.

She knew her experience of loving and losing Mr. Jazz would resonate with most anyone that had lost a pet.  Deb’s goal is to help others working through the loss of a loved one.  Purr Prints of the Heart includes a Guide to Coping with Pet Loss section that is sure to help mend the broken-hearted.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

A few years ago, and perhaps still today, showing outward emotion and sorrow after the lost of a pet was met with ridicule and often times the bereft pet parent was dismissed and told to just get over it.

Online pet loving communities have helped those grieving reach out to find the support, compassion and love they need to process their emotions and work their way through the loss of their family member.

Today is the first Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. This day is to honor those pets that live on in our hearts.  Deb wants you to think of today like a giant worldwide hug of comfort.

Remembering our Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

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Gracey, My Heart Cat


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  1. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder that the memories of our pets stay in our hearts forever. I also appreciate you sharing my book, Purr Prints of the Heart. I am grateful that it has been received so well and has been able to help people work through the loss of their beloved companion. Purrs as well to your precious Gracey. xoxox from Deb Barnes of Purr Prints of the Heart

  2. Shadow Dance Ranch Kittehs says:

    Sending BIG hugs and lots of love, from all of us, to you, Paul, Paul’s Mom, Annie, Eddie and Mercy. We miss our beautiful friend, sweet Gracey everyday too. xoxoxo Dancer and the SDR Clan

  3. The Island Cats says:

    Purrs to you as you remember sweet Gracey today.

  4. Roxanne Coryell says:

    Thank you for this today! I recently lost my own beloved Gracie (on July 25th), and the pain is still overwhelming at times. We shared life together for almost 15 years–she was 2 when I adopted her. She was, and is, one of the dearest friends I’ve ever had. Sending you all love as you remember your darling, Joanne <3

  5. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    ????? to you today as you remember Gracey ~~~~~

  6. catchatcaren says:

    beautiful, beautiful post and we always love seeing photos of gorgeous Gracey, what an exquisite cat she was. We adored Deb’s book when we reviewed it and it is one we will return to again and again. Thank you for sharing your Gracey with all of us. Sending you purrs of comfort and love today. catchatwithcarenandcody

  7. Honestly, my human misses her cats way more than she misses her family… actually she does not miss her family at all (she’s the last one standing), but she misses her cats lots. Lovely post. <3

  8. Beautiful post. BearBear was my heart cat. He is gone 3 yrs now and I still miss him.
    Sue B

  9. Our Jack left for the Rainbow Bridge nearly four and a half years ago. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him a dozen times. Sometimes I can smile but it’s mostly still very sad for me. Our current cat brothers (Dante and Puck) fill us with such joy and love, and Dante has a LOT of Jack in him!