One of the most popular phrases in the "Rainbow Bridge" poem for grieving pet owners is, "Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass." The poem is written in paragraph form and was created to comfort pet owners.
The poem goes on to say, "When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place" with the place being the other side of Rainbow Bridge. In this place, "There is always food and water and warm spring weather." The animals are not only well cared for, but they are also "restored to health and vigor" and "made whole and strong again." Here, the animals are happy so their human owners do not have to worry about them suffering. The animals also keep one another company.
The poem ends by saying that when the human owner dies, he or she will get to walk across the rainbow bridge and be united with his or her pet once again. The poem says, "The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart." The poem is a gentle message for all owners that one day they will be reunited with their loved ones. While not all people believe in this reunification or the idea of an afterlife, the poem still comforts many. For the whole poem, a person should look at the Doctors Foster and Smith website or the Humane Society's website.