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When Death Comes as a Surprise

Making sense of unexpected loss is hard for us all—but for an animal communicator, it’s even harder

By: Cindy Brody

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As an animal communicator, I often work with animals that are sick and sometimes dying. It is an aspect of my work that I love. Oftentimes a dog that is getting ready to die will have so much to say to his people. He will give last minute advice on what his beloved two-legged mom and dad need to work on—mom needs to start painting again, dad needs to make more time for exercise, don’t worry so much about the kids—these are things I hear so often from dogs that are leaving us.

But other times it seems like death comes without a warning and these are the passings that are so hard for us to except. Last spring I had a dog come to my office with his family. He was suffering from severe back pain and was under the care of a wonderful veterinarian. His mom brought him to me to see if I could help. He was a funny little guy even though he was in pain.

He spoke about his family and it was clear how much he cared for them and how much they loved him. He was a part of the heartbeat of the family. He was very attached to his mom, as she was to him.

I worked very gently with him and taught his family what they could do to help him. They were great students and I could see they would bring comfort to their boy. It was a lovely session. I asked them to bring him back in a week for a follow up.

The next week came and when they brought their sweet little guy to me he was feeling so much better. He walked around with a bright eye. I loved this little dog with his big dog attitude. He spoke of his family and was, as always, very much in tune with them. I breathed a sigh of relief that it looked like he had a good life ahead of him.

I gave his mom more instruction on how to help him with his back and hoped someday she would come and study with me. He never once said to me he felt like he was dying, but he was to leave us shortly.

When I found out about his passing I wondered how I could have missed it. I replay the sessions in my mind and I see a little dog feeling better on his second visit. So I sat back and meditated on this story and I think I have some peace of mind about it now.
Dogs live in the moment and when they are feeling good they don’t worry about tomorrow, unlike us humans. Maybe he didn’t want to burden his family. As I reflect back, he really did have messages for everyone in his family, just as other dogs do in their final days—he just didn’t appear to be as sick or in as much pain as most dogs who are getting ready to pass over the Rainbow Bridge.
My job is to help ease suffering and I think we were successful with easing this dog’s pain and making his last days a little better. As I send energy through a client’s body it is always for the greater good. And sometimes that greater good is the ending of suffering and the great release into the heavens.

I do believe our animals are angels sent to help us navigate through this beautiful but sometimes brutal world. I give thanks every day for the love that they bring to their families and to me. Sometimes, though not very often, I’ll lose a client and it is a surprise, but it’s best to trust in the law of nature and God’s will. When it is our time to go, it may come without warning.

I recently spoke with an animal that crossed over and she said it was brilliant! She said she was twirling through the air with her sister who had left a couple of months earlier. The vision was so beautiful and it was so much like my own near death experience. It was like wisps of fog swirling together, or snow whirling with the wind through an open field.

We fear death, our own and our loved ones’, more than anything. But because I’m very good at talking with those who have crossed over, it’s clear to me that thoughts are energy and energy never dies. Death is a great release for a soul, but painful for those of us left behind. I feel very certain that we will all be joined again in energy and thought forms with our loved ones, whether you call it heaven or another realm. I believe our energy lives on and that our angels watch over us as we walk this earth. If we are lucky enough, our heart dogs will be returned to us in this life—yes, I believe in dog reincarnation—but if not in this lifetime then certainly in the great beyond.

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By: Cindy Brody
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