The Bridge Pet Cemetery, located at Hansen Desert Hills Memorial Park, was not in the master plan when it came to the Hansen’s 8-acre cemetery, which opened in 1996 in Scottsdale, AZ. In fact, it didn’t become a thought until Lily came around. Owner, Trish Hansen-Kerr, started bringing her 7-year-old Goldendoodle, Lily, to work, so she wouldn’t have to be home by herself. What Trish didn’t realize is the immediate impact Lily would have not only on staff but the families that were coming in to make funeral arrangements. Lily instantly became known as the Hansen Mortuary Comfort Dog.
Because of this impact, it became apparent there had to be a way to not only serve human families but also pet families. In 2020, that vision became a reality. They created a pet section within their cemetery, and called it, The Bridge, from the famous pet poem, “The Rainbow Bridge.” This poem refers to a heavenly place where pets go to eventually reunite with their master.
The Hansen Family is honored to be extending their care and compassion to all pet families and provide a dignified and permanent placement for their beloved pets
The Rainbow Bridge Poem
The Rainbow Bridge Poem
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. 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.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….