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9780939165599

Blessing the Bridge What Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying and Beyond

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  • ISBN13:

    9780939165599

  • ISBN10:

    0939165597

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-25
  • Publisher: NewSage Press
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Summary

Like a hospice worker, author Rita M. Reynolds cares for sick and dying animals, helping them comfortably cross the threshold into death. She shares stories about dogs, cats, a donkey, a cow, ducks, goats, and even baby wild mice she cares for as they die. Reynolds teaches basic skills in respectfully handling a dying animal, whether it's a newborn bird that's fallen from a tree or a beloved dog that is terminally ill. Her new edition includes blessings and prayers for animals, whether in the process of dying or who have already passed over. Reynolds believes in divine and angelic influences when it comes to helping animals cross over. She believes animals possess unique souls that transform into an afterlife. She even tells of seeing the spirits of dead animals and messages they bring her. Many of Reynolds' lessons are conveyed through real-life stories, where the reader witnesses how she simultaneously releases and embraces dying animals. Like The Tibetan Book of the Dead, this book has functional appeal and longevity. This book appeals to anyone grieving and looking for comfort.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. VIII
Creating a Sanctuaryp. 1
The Garden of Lifep. 15
Each Creature Brings a Giftp. 23
Euthanasia: The Merciful Releasep. 31
The Art of Letting Gop. 41
Releasing Waggyp. 49
Sadie's Bridgep. 59
Common Groundp. 67
The Power of Prayerp. 75
Communicating Without Wordsp. 85
A Hand to Hold, a Soul to Easep. 95
Tools for Caregiversp. 103
Good-byes and Dragonflies: Acknowledging Mysteryp. 119
Animals and Grievingp. 129
The Other Side of the Bridgep. 140
Blessings and Prayersp. 158
It's Really All Right: A Final Tributep. 176
About The Authorp. 179
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