“You were my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye.” – Unknown
We belong to several Yorkie Facebook pages. Every day someone out there in cyberland posts about the loss of their dog. I’m heartbroken every time I read one of the posts. Often questions are posed about whether or not it is wrong to feel their loss so acutely.
The loss of pets is devastating for fur parents. Pets, like people, cannot be replaced. When beloved fur babies cross over the Rainbow Bridge, a piece of our hearts goes with them. Other fur babies may join our families, but they are never replacements; they are additions.
Anyone who has loved a pet knows for certain their beloved pet contains a God-breathed soul. Will we see our beloved pets again? I believe we will, and I am not alone in my belief. Poet Pam Brown said it this way, “If there is a heaven, certainly our animals will be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.” Why would we want to detangle the lives of our pets from ours? Even if it made the pain go away, I believe most of us would rather suffer the pain than separate their lives from ours.
Archangels are associated with Abrahamic religions, but many world religions acknowledge some form of powerful celestial beings who watch over humankind. Seven archangels are recognized in the Christian faith, are seen as leaders, and entrusted with special abilities used to intercede and intervene on behalf of humans and animals. Archangel Ariel is the angel tasked with protecting and healing living things in nature, including our pets. Her name means Lion of God. She works with Archangel Raphael to bring healing. Archangel Fhelyai is also an archangel associated with watching over the animal kingdom.
Many religions believe when the body dies, the soul returns to its source, Divine Love. I believe this, as well. When humans are passing from this life into the next, angels and loved ones who have passed on surround the dying to guide them into whatever lies beyond the earthly realm. I have been in the presence of the dying, and as the veil between the worlds is lifted, the dying talk to and refer to beings the human eye cannot see.
Our pets are sentient beings; they are aware, feel, and express emotion. When our pets are passing from this life into what lies beyond, I believe angels surround them, too. As our pets breathe their last, we are knowingly, or unknowingly, entrusting them to the care of the angels until we are united again in the valley of the Rainbow Bridge. God has provided for the creation, and for us who love and share our lives with our pets.
No matter how many pets we share our lives with, each one is our favorite hello and our hardest goodbye. We will see them again because their lives are interwoven with ours…..