Animals approach their deaths in a completely different manner than humans do. For them, it’s just passing from one life to another. The thing that grieves them the most, is leaving their humans behind. They have loved and been devoted to their people for a long time. But, they know when it’s time for them to go and are ready.
When I’m asked to talk to an animal about their death, she will usually say she accepts it and is ready to go; she is old, in a lot of pain, her life is not enjoyable anymore. When I ask if she wants her humans to help her pass, most times she will say yes. She will ask what this means and if it will hurt. I explain to her that her people will have the doctor give her some medicine that will make her sleep and never wake up. She will just drift away to heaven peacefully.
Most people will want to be with their pet during euthanasia. Animals will ask. So I usually tell them that their mom and/or dad will be with them while they go to sleep. I’ve had some animals tell me what music they want playing, other friends they want present, who they want to hold them. Animals can be very specific when it comes to their final moments!
Having a beloved pet and companion who is ill, old or obviously not enjoying life anymore, is heart-breaking. Many times we rationalize our pet’s circumstance or condition; ie. “oh, she’s just having a bad day”, or “this time the medicine is going to work and kitty will be back to normal.” When we’re really honest with ourselves, we see what’s right before our eyes. It’s just hard to acknowledge the painful reality of losing a loving friend.
Occasionally I’ll talk to a pet who is not ready to pass, who has more work they need to do in this life. It’s not common, but, it doesn’t happen.
We take on all sorts of responsibilities when we bring a pet into our lives…. feeding, exercising, training, socializing, health care… to name a few. Helping our pet to die when the time is right, is part of that responsibility as well. What greater love and appreciation can we show them than to help relieve their suffering, help them to leave their tortured bodies.
When I have an end-of-life conversation with a pet, I always tell them that their people are the ones in charge and will be the ones to decide what happens. But I will let their humans know how they’re feeling and what their wishes are. Many pet owners will tell me this has really helped them to make a decision about what they need to do for their furry friend.
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Blessings to you and your pets,