Grieving the loss of a pet can be one of the most challenging experiences in life. It is important to be aware that people will respond to the stress of this loss in a variety of different ways. In recognition of that, we have compiled a variety of pet loss support materials to aid you and your family in the healing process.
Avow PAWS Program
1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105
The pet-loss support group is offered the third Monday of every month from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Ispiri community center on the Avow campus.
The Rainbow Bridge
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears pricked forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over ... together.