All things bright and beautiful,
great and small.
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Cecil Frances Alexander
To paraphrase Mark Twain, if there are no cats in heaven, then heaven is a place I do
not want to be. Many people have pondered the question: Will I see my pet again? We all must search for our own answers, but
I will share mine.
It takes years for humans to develop kindness and compassion for others, but animals seem to
be born with these qualities. Perhaps this is why they don’t live as long as people do: they are already spiritual perfection,
put here to teach us lessons about loving without condition.
After we die, I believe that we humans are surrounded
by everything that we love. If I have loved animals in this life, it only makes sense that they will be with me after death.
How can it be any other way? I believe my Rainbow Bridge will be very crowded and I look forward
to the happy reunions.
*My own story of after-death communication with a beloved pet
is titled Merlin's Gift.
For more thoughts on pets and the afterlife, please visit:
All Pets Go to Heaven by Wallace Sife, Ph.D.
Animals and the Afterlife by Kim Sheridan, Ph.D.
Do Pets Go to Heaven? by Moira Anderson Allen. (Christian perspective)
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better
off than a lot of humans. James Herriot
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