Animal lovers, if you haven’t already done so, grab a box of tissues and read Animals and the Afterlife, published by Hay House and lovingly written by animal researcher and expert Kim Sheridan.
The book not only chronicles Sheridan’s personal journey as an animal lover and seeker of truth as to whether there is truly an animal Heaven, it presents cases from around the world of people and their animal companions whose bond of love has survived the animal’s passing.
The book represents a thorough amount of research and answers questions as to whether animals have souls, what happens when they pass, whether animals reincarnate and whether we, the people they leave behind, can be reunited with our animal friends once more.
Sheridan’s obvious love for animals shines through each page. Much of her love is focused in a somewhat unconventional direction, since she and her husband have opened their hearts and home to a wide array of rats over the years. But even if this idea seems a bit unusual, it doesn’t take long to see that love for a pet is love for a pet, in any form. They have what they call the Rat Refuge in their home and help countless rats who might otherwise go unloved. Sadly, because the lifespan of a rat is short, the Sheridans have had their share of heartbreak at losing countless rat companions, but Sheridan feels they’ve learned from each encounter.In fact, it was the loss of June, her first beloved rat, that sent Sheridan on her journey to explore animal afterlife.
Perhaps most affected by the book will be readers such as myself who have recently suffered the devastating loss of a beloved dog, cat, horse or other creature. But even those currently blessed with young and healthy pets are advised to read the book to prepare for the inevitable one day. Tears come easily as one beautiful story of soul survival after another unfolds. The tears may reflect sadness on one level, but it also feels healthy because in a way, it’s part of the healing process. The tears are also those of hope and a confirmation that perhaps we can see our dear animals once again.
Quotes from famous persons through history are scattered throughout the book, all pertaining to compassion, kindness and a belief in the necessity for loving animals. Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Marie Curie, Helen Keller and Will Rogers are but a few whose wise words grace the pages.
In addition to the true stories of animal visits from the beyond, there is practical advice about holding memorials for our animal loved ones, suggestions of animal communicators who might help us find peace and messages from our lost pets, and examples of signs from our loved ones such as butterflies hovering nearby, fur or whiskers appearing seemingly out of nowhere.
The book is naturally more suited for those already believing in the other side and animal Heaven. People who feel that their animals are more like children or family members will find great comfort from the book. But those who are unsure, doubtful or merely curious about the spirit world should suspend their doubt or disbelief and read Animals and the Afterlife with an open mind and heart.
Call it thought-provoking or grief therapy, the book is definitely filled with careful and extensive insight and inspiration. Sheridan has seen her share of grief. But instead of wallowing in it, she’s acted upon it as a healing process for herself and others.