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Proof that the bridge exsits? Warning:Tear jerker......
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Sat Nov 22, 2008 08:07 PM
Edited by hylndlas (107168) on 2008-11-22 20:17:14 Fixed link

I was thinking of my Emily today.....and of course I got really sad, when I remembered reading this amazing story.

A meeting at the Bridge

Last fall, in the dark hours of a very windy early morning, fire sirens sounded in our quiet neighborhood. In quick succession, another and another and another screaming truck rolled up. The HI-LO howl of an Ambulance hurrying to it's destination joined the chorus. Suddenly the howl of the wind lost the battle for supremacy; it could no longer compete with those sirens. Now two police cruisers converged on our quiet corner. The night, no longer dark and empty, was a collage of color, bustle and man-made noise. Cars were leaving their stalls in the parking lots, to be replaced by fire fighting equipment, rescue truck and ambulance; fire fighters, paramedics, police, and the people evicted from the row houses milled around in the mixture. The smells of a fire out of control replaced the odors of late fall. The air was now full of flying, smoking embers instead of blowing leaves. By morning it was clear that the men and equipment had won the battle. The cost of that victory tallied out at one house destroyed, several badly smoke-damaged, many tired but thankful Emergency Services staff, two firefighters being treated for smoke inhalation, and a little girl's two kitties, victims of the raging fire.

This child was torn between the pain of her furkids' death, and the thankfulness felt by them all that the fire hadn't claimed more lives. At first she was convinced that she shouldn't mourn for her furfamily, because the whole family had lost so much and it would only make her Mom and Dad feel worse. She even thought that somehow she was responsible for the fire in the first place because she had named those kitties Dusty and Smokey. It was a heavy load for that little heart to carry and mind to deal with; this little girl had successfully fought one round of a battle with Leukemia, and now she had been handed another battle with grief.

When she found out about the Candle Ceremony, and read some of the stories and poems about Rainbow Bridge, she grasped the knowledge and made it all hers. She even had a special name for the participants in the Candle Ceremony each week, and eagerly joined in herself, with her Mom and Dad. We were re-named "the Candle People", we who had helped a little girl deal with and start to heal from her loss.

Some weeks ago, the Leukemia reappeared, and she was hospitalized again. The treatments this time were not effective, and she slowly lost ground, though not her sense of humor not her consideration for other people... especially those caring for her. This week, she drifted along the borders of knowing and not knowing, until she lost all knowing.

Early this morning, 12:30 AM, Tuesday April 15, 1997, she opened her eyes and smiled at her parents who were sitting on the edges of her bed; her eyes looked beyond them, her mouth opened and she said with a voice full of love and wonder, "SMO-key!!" Her little self relaxed, and Della went forward to meet her Smokey and Dusty on that Bridge.


The entire story is here.....www.petloss.com . . .

but if you can get through it without sobbing (I can't!) True or not, It's worth the read.

6 Replies to Proof that the bridge exsits? Warning:Tear jerker......

re: Proof that the bridge exsits? Warning:Tear jerker......
By amichelle523member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 608, member since Sat Sep 02, 2006
On Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:36 PM
There are no words.

This is beautiful, and as mentioned, a complete tear-jerker. I'm about to lose one of my "furkids" and it's nice to have some "proof" to the Rainbow Bridge. How bittersweet.
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By JoyNoellePremium member Comments: 3864, member since Fri Feb 04, 2005
On Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:05 PM
Thanks for posting that. But, you're right, it's a tearjerker. I'm a basket case anyway right now, so I couldn't get through the entire thing, but I will at some point. I haven't reread Rainbow Bridge since Freddie died, either...I just can't right now. :C
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By Cadbury_Eatermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7575, member since Sat Jan 04, 2003
On Mon Dec 22, 2008 03:33 AM
Man, that's a really sad but touching story. I'm getting teary here...
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By Shhaan_Dmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1159, member since Wed Mar 03, 2004
On Sat Jul 11, 2009 01:40 PM
That is one of the saddest most horrific things i have ever read.
Along with the music and the fact that they are now all together really puts into perspective that we are all so lucky for what we have.

A true tear-jerker

xxx
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By Reidfidleirmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 3478, member since Sun Sep 28, 2003
On Tue Jan 12, 2010 06:17 PM
Oh my word. I just read the whole story. *gulps* what a tragedy. *tear*
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By cthompson1474member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 306, member since Sat May 19, 2012
On Wed Jan 23, 2013 06:27 AM
Wow. That's happy and sad at the same time. I'm glad the little girl is happily playing with her kittens.

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