Animals' Viewpoint on Dying, Death & Euthanasia
from the book)
this book was written ...
a healing communicator for people and animals. A few years
ago, Dana O'Donnell, a magnificent lady extremely active
in animal rescue work, asked me to write an article for
the rescue publication, Paws in Thought. We knew there were
many things I could write about...and when I asked the animals,
they insisted that I write about dying, death, and euthanasia.
Although I balked at the topic, the animals insisted, and
began full-force to teach me many new lessons, many of them
little book you hold in your hands now, is an outgrowth
of the original article, posted on the web-site. The animals
have requested that I make this additional information and
perspective available to all.
is my profound hope that readers will find the lessons and
experiences I write about in these pages, as illuminating
as I have in writing about them. This book is not intended
to be any kind of final word on the nature of the cycles
of life and the dimensions in between. It is, however, a
recounting of my direct experences over the course of many
decades. Very simply, I know how much it hurts to lose an
animal (or any!) companion we love. What I hope to accomplish
more than anything, is to gift my translation of the clarity
and perspective of the animals' viewpoints on dying, death,
and euthanasia, to loving care-humans wanting to make conscious
decisions involving the lives of animal companions entrusted
to them, thereby minimizing grief and dispelling doubt.
Bessie Stanely in 1905 said, 'To know that even one life
has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have
succeeded.' This is my hope and intent. Blessings, Elizabeth."
Elizabeth Severino, D.D., D.R.S.
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