Crossing the Rainbow Bridge by John Cali

MegggieCopyright © 2013 by Barbara Clark

Yesterday morning another one of our furry family crossed over to the far side of the Rainbow Bridge—that place where we will all meet again some day.

Here are some of Spirit’s comforting words to soothe us in those times when our loved ones cross over:

  • Your “dead” animals often return to visit you. (As do your human loved ones.)
  • They often have a desire, from beyond the grave, to help you and to continue loving you. That is why you often see, or feel, or hear what you might call “ghosts.”
  • Pets — and all animals, in fact — have no fear of illness or death. And, more importantly, they have no fear of life. They are fully alive in every moment. Not a bad role model for you to follow!
  • In their naturally uninhibited, unlimited being, they radiate an energy, love, and joy that can touch even the most hardened human hearts.
  • Your pets find joy, passion, and pleasure in every moment of their physical lives.
  • And when they arrive “on the other side,” they continue their joyful, exuberant, and happy lives, romping and playing with abandon.
  • You never lose those you love. If you remain open to them, “alive” or “dead,” you will always be comforted by them. You will feel their presence, their energy. And you will know you are loved.

Adapted from Spirit Oracle Cards by John Cali, Frederic Calendini, and Stephanie Quesada (Great Western Publishing, 2013)


Here is a beautiful, loving tribute to those furry angels who walk among us, touching and transforming our lives.

Related links:
The Far Side of the Rainbow Bridge
Farewell To Rosie
Heart To Heart
Farewell To Caesar


Please share with us your experiences with your animal family. Have they ever “returned” to you from beyond the grave?

What other subjects would you like us to talk about in these posts? Please email me.

About John Cali
John Cali is a writer, blogger, and channel for a group of spirit guides. His next book is Conversations With Spirit: Real Answers to Life’s Pesky Questions, Book 1. John lives in northwestern Wyoming. Sign up for his newsletter here.

16 Responses

  1. Barbara

    Thank you, John, for this little memorial to our special girl. Half Scottish, half Siamese, Ms Megan had attitude and courage, she’d been here before!

    I got her at five weeks old. I thought was a bit early but for whatever reason her breeder insisted we take her. Having a household of a five year old child, another cat and four lively Rough Collies, I left the new baby in a quiet upstairs bedroom to acclimatise. It wasn’t long before she negotiated the stairs and found her way to Harry, a big male Rough Collie who was sleeping under the kitchen table. Being so little and looking for her mum, she snuggled in and suckled him. He looked up briefly and sleepily and dozed off again. They were firm friends for the rest of his life.

    One summer, she took to meandering up and down the road outside the house. I asked an animal communicator friend to have a word with her as I was concerned. Meggie was having none of it, she said “I will do what I want to do and neither you nor anyone else will tell me not to!” My friend was taken aback by this attitude and said “She’s got as much attitude as a Siamese!” Lynne didn’t know, and I’d forgotten, Meg’s dad was Siamese, and boy had she inherited attitude. 🙂

    After seventeen years together I have many Meggie stories. But one in particular consoles me at the moment. Before we had Meg, we had a black cat called Brooklyn. He was accident prone and loved to play on the road! He was injured a couple of times but had an amazing power of recovery. But one injury was fairly serious. When Meg was around the same age as Brooklyn had been when he had that injury she developed white hair in the injured area. It wasn’t a normal white patch, it was as though someone had painted her.

    Between that and her many characteristics, I believe Megan was Brooklyn come back to his family because we needed him/her.

    When she/he went this time I told her, “Job well done darling. We’ll always love you, enjoy the peace and freedom of home. If you want to come back we’d love to have you”.

    It’s still raw and too quiet here but I know she’s safe and happy.


    • John Cali

      You’re most welcome, Barbara. And thank YOU for sharing all those warm, precious memories. You and Christina will always have those.

      That must have been quite a sight when Meggie snuggled up to Harry! I wish I could have seen it.

      As you and I have discussed many times, we know our loved ones, animal and human, often come back to let us know they never die, and never stop loving us. So Megan/Brooklyn returned to you, and maybe will again. I have a feeling she/he is already there, in spirit, consoling and loving you.

      As you probably recall, our last family cat, Caesar, returned the same day he died. To quote someone we all know and cherish, “We never lose those we love.”


      • Barbara

        I remember when Mr Caesar passed very clearly and I saw a black tail disappearing behind a piece of furniture here last night :). They are only ever a heartbeat away even when we can’t see them. Love never dies of that much I am certain.


  2. Pat

    Sweet animal friends…always in our hearts. I think they find their way back to us in other bodies–even as other species. In my life, they have always been a joy to outflow love to.

    • John Cali

      Thank you very much, Pat. I agree with you — they often do find their way back to us. My second-to-the-last dog reincarnated in another dog’s body shortly after he died. As you said, they are always a joy.

  3. Lorraine

    It’s very heartbreaking when they pass over. I lost my cat Tiggs and dog Sadie in the same week in 2009,both of their ashes are still under my bed. Not ready to scatter their ashes on Mother Earth yet.They are a family member and just as truly missed as a human. Condolences to your friend. xxx

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Lorraine. I still have the ashes of my last dog in my bedroom. I’m like you — not ready to scatter them yet.

  4. Carol Ann Neeley Kilgore

    When anyone we know loses a furry child we all understand the loss. The knowledge that they are not very far away helps soften the pain, but the emptiness is difficult. We lost our 22 year old cat a little over a year ago. After his passing, we moved to a new place and cleaned, washed, etc., everything. One afternoon I looked down at a carpet and saw a whisker laying there. We knew it was Pookie, reminding us that he wasn’t gone, just in a different place. We still hear him from time to time as well.
    My family members and friends who have passed on also visit me in my dreams. It isn’t reliving past memories, it is making new ones and always makes me feel loved and aware when I awaken. I believe that being open to these events makes all the difference.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Carol Ann, for sharing your experiences. My experiences mirror yours — our family’s “dead” members (animal and human) often visit with me.

  5. Patience

    My condolences to the family of this lovely black cat.

  6. Sandra Cronin

    I’m sorry for your friends loss. Your friend and the furry one are blessed to have you. May you all find comfort together.


  7. Toni

    I’m so sorry for your loss, John.



    • John Cali

      Thank you, Toni, for your kindness. I didn’t say this in the post, but it was not my direct loss — but the loss of someone very close to me.

      Love, John

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