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Animals in Spirit

Animal passage into spirit
by Nedda Wittels

How do we know when it is time to say goodbye?Can we really help an animal friend prepare for departure?  Is saying goodbye any easier for us when we know what the animal wants?



The first animal I remember losing as a child was my reddish-orange cat I had named Tiger.  I was 11 years old.  Tiger had stripes and a serene, Buddha-like nature.  He let me dress him in doll's clothes and push him in my doll carriage.  He spent afternoons stretched out on my bed while I did my homework. 

My parents found his body lying on the road near our driveway, buried it, and after telling me they had done so, never spoke about it again.  I cried until I just couldn't cry any more.  I never had a chance to say goodbye and I still miss him today.

As a "pet psychic", I am often called upon to speak with animals who are ill, who are preparing to leave their bodies, or who have already passed into spirit.  For the most part, animals do not fear death.  Most are comfortable talking about it.  Many remember what it is like to be in spirit form.  

When an animal is very sick or dying, it is definitely appropriate to raise this subject with them.  It helps both of you to share your thoughts and feelings as you prepare together for the animal's transition.  Here are some things people want to talk about with their seriously ill animals..

  • Are you preparing to leave your body soon?

When they are, their spirit guides are usually helping them get ready.  However, if they are clinging to life in a body that is rapidly deteriorating, talking to them about this can help ease the process for them, especially if you are able to let them know that it is OK with for your them to go.

  • Do you want to leave on your own or would you like some help? 

If you are not comfortable with having the animal die on his own because you are worried about pain or not being home at the right time, we can explore how to handle things.  If euthanasia is preferred, it is wise to discuss with your veterinarian just how you would like this to be handled and to find out about their policies and availability.  Then explain it to the animal.  Preparing in advance is to everyone's benefit.

  • How can I know when you will be ready for help? 

If the animal says they want euthanasia, but not yet, it is possible to set up a signal between you.  Sometimes clients as me to check in with the animal from time to time so that the person is sure when the animal is ready to leave.

  • What would you like me to do with your body after you leave it? 

Most animals want you to do whatever you feel comfortable doing with their physical form.  Others have specific preferences.  One cat wanted to be buried at sea.  Another wanted to be buried in the garden to feed the flowers.  Another preferred cremation.

  • Do you have anything you want to tell me before you leave?

Closure between you and your friend is important.  Often they will thank you for all you have done for them during their illness and/or your lives together.  Almost always, they tell you how much they love you.  It is healing for both of you to be able to say "Goodbye".

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