Owl’s Corner #2, July, 2010 – The Final Journey

July 24, 2010 by  
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If we don't wait 12 hours before burying the body, what can we do later on to help the animal disconnect and cross over?


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Alica North asks:

I lost my 11 year old German Shepherd, Heidi, to metastatic lung cancer in January. After agreeing to let her go and asking her to die at home instead of having to endure euthenasia, I didn't realize we should have waited 12 hours to bury her body after she passed. I heard this on the great recording from Paloma on "Animals and the Final Journey."

I'm hoping the ritual I performed with herbs and essential oils (rubbing her body with the combination) in an intuitive fashion was helpful for her transition. I also wrapped her body in a sheet. At the time I felt it was very healing for both of us but perhaps more so for me?

Is there anything else I should/can do now all these months later?


3 Responses to “Owl’s Corner #2, July, 2010 – The Final Journey”
  1. nancy windheart says:

    Hi Alicia,
    I, too, agree with what Betty and Teresa have said. Something that I have noticed in my conversations with animals both before and after the death process is that they very often are in resonance with the practices and rituals that are meaningful to their people. So, for example, a cat whose person whose spiritual practice included chanting devotional Sanskrit mantras requested that she sing the “holy songs” as he left his body. Another dog whose person loved gardening requested that she plant a particular kind of flower to honor her. Animals are very aware of the kinds of things that are helpful and meaningful for their people, and often, because of the love and spiritual resonance with their people, will find the same kinds of rituals to be meaningful.

    I have also experienced that animals are usually quite clear that once their bodies no longer contain their spirits, they aren’t particularly attached to what happens to their former “suit”. Many do, however, have a deep awareness of the importance of rituals for honoring the body and the healing and grace that these ceremonies can bring, and they very much appreciate being honored in these ways.

    I wish you continued healing, peace, and deepening connection with your beloved Heidi.

    Nancy Windheart

  2. TeresaWagner says:

    Dear Alicia,
    I am very sorry for your loss of Heidi and wish you all the comfort and blessings you need as you continue to heal.

    I also agree wholeheartedly with Betty’s comments. I’ve talked with thousands of animals after death, and it is clear that any “rules” regarding how we handle their physical bodies after death seem to apply only to the humans who feel comfort from or are aligned with such rules, not the animals who have died.I have also heard from many animals that they are very aware of things such as the beautiful, sacred rituals you offered Heidi with oils and herbs. In my experience, it is the spirit behind our actions regarding how we handle all matters regarding our animals’ death experience that make a difference to them, not any rigid rules about what is done when.

    The love between you continues, and you can communicate with her about anything that may still feel unfinished between you, such as this concern, just by talking to her straight from your heart. She’ll hear you. And even now, she knows the loving intent of your sacred rituals at her death.

    I hope this is helpful and may bring you closer to peace,
    Love and Blessings,

  3. pawsreflect says:

    Hi Alicia,

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    From my discussions with many, many deceased animals, I have found that there are *no* rules when it comes to what ‘should or shouldn’t’ be done. Many animals report they are fine with no rituals at all. Others are happy with whatever is important for the people they have committed to during this lifetime.

    What is most important is the love and respect you showed, and you have fulfilled that need.
    Don’t worry about what is right for someone else. You and Heidi shared a special moment and that is sufficient.

    Betty Lewis