The Spirit and Love Live On

At this time of year when thoughts go to renewal, rebirth, and life after death, we want to share a passage from our book on pet loss. Everyone who has a pet goes through this devastating experience at some time. But not everyone realizes that animals, like people, are so much more than physical bodies. They, too, are spiritual beings.



Excerpted from SAYING GOODBYE TO YOUR ANGEL ANIMALS by Allen and Linda Anderson (New World Library 2007). Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Following are many of the most frequently reported ways in which animals remind people that only the physical body leaves at death, and that the spirit and love live on. People report animals who, after death:

*  Scratch or knock at the door
*  Pad or make the sound of clicking claws along floors
*  Press against the person’s body with a definite feeling of weight
*  Shake the bed as if jumping on or off it
*  Purr, meow, bark, or snore audibly enough for more than one person
to hear
*  Leave paw prints or food around food bowls
*  Make a depression in the bed linens where they used to sleep
*  Emit a burst of familiar scent in places that were previously
free of pet odor
*  Drop a favorite toy, which has been put away or lost, in a spot
where it will be easily found
*  Set off some kind of electrical charge that causes a clock alarm
to go off, lights to flicker, or the telephone to ring at the same
time that the death or burial occurred
*  Appear as a glow of golden light or in a light-body so real that
the person tries unsuccessfully to touch it
*  Lick or kiss the person’s skin or tickle with whiskers
*  Seem to appear in spirit as a sign or symbol of life after death,
such as a butterfly or rainbow, on a significant day or time.


While we did the research for this book, we went through our files and found stories and letters about people’s after-death experiences with animals. All of the above examples actually happened to people. Some of them happened to us.

If you are or have been dealing with pet loss, we hope this gives you hope to know that as difficult as it is, life does literally go on.

Have you had an afterlife sense of a pet’s presence?

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network

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