A Parting Prayer

Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we've had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.


- written by Kim Crenshaw, March 1998 for Brandy, beloved companion

Permission to reproduce and/or circulate this prayer is granted with the condition that the copyright and credit remains attached.
May it help others who face the decision to help their beloved pets across the Rainbow Bridge.

Many thanks to our Veterinarian, Dr. Samuel Linderman, of Huntsville, AL for helping make Brandy's last weeks and final visit as pleasant and humane as possible. Thanks also to Dr. Michael Newman of Decatur for his assistance and guidance.

Author's e-mail: kim@bhamdogtrainer.com
Copyright 1997 Kim Crenshaw
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