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Someone you love and miss wants you to know they are near and love you so much.

How do I know? I was guided to reach out to you.

I was told that you needed to hear this message:


 “You are loved, and so special, and perfect.

              Your loving thoughts and memories are my spiritual fuel.

                     Keep moving forward on your healing journey.”


What brought this to my attention was that I’ve been writing my next book about pet loss, and as I’m working on the chapters, I usually have a question or two for the clients I’m writing about.

Almost every time I reach out, there is some crazy synchronicity involving their departed pet. It may be their pet’s birthday, anniversary of passing, or other significant date.

I was curious about why this was happening so often, so I checked in with my spirit guides and what they told me about floored me.


“Karen, you are, and always will be, their messenger. The souls reach out to you through your writings. Every keystroke is a vibration that goes out into the Universe and connects to a soul. Your divine mission is not only to deliver their messages, but to reassure them that their loved ones are with them now and forever more.”


Then I saw the most amazing images…

As if I could see right into your soul.

There was so much love surrounding you.

I felt that love, destined for you, to bring you much comfort and peace.


I could see their face, and the love for you shining in their eyes.


They love you, and they will never, ever go away.

No matter how much time goes by.

No matter where you go or where you live.

You are bonded to each other forever.

You may not always see or sense them, but they are there.



Remember, the loved ones around you the most merge with your energy. So, their presence, messages, or signs can become mixed with your thoughts and feelings, and you think it is your thought. It’s not.

You may not realize when you think of them, and the sadness returns, that their energy connects to your energy.

The sadness is your soul reacting to their presence. You suffered a profound loss, that that feeling remains part of you.

It’s a remembering of the loss, and that is the healing part of the journey.


So, don’t push those thoughts away when that happens to you.

Honor them and thank your loved one for being a part of your soul, forever and ever. In time, permit yourself to experience their memory without the sorrow. The tears may still come, but tears cleanse the soul.


We are never the same after a loss, but that’s also part of your journey with them.

Trust that they are with you on this path.


If this message resonates with you, please share your thoughts below in the comments. 

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Karen is an award-winning animal communicator and best-selling author who specializes in pet loss and the afterlife. She has documented her journey with her heartwarming and inspirational books, The Pet I Can’t Forget, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals and Hear All Creatures.
She also offers a free app and animal communication coaching programs for all skill levels as well as loving support and guidance for those struggling with the loss of a beloved companion.
Karen is the CEO and founder of Painted Rain Ranch Animal Sanctuary a non-profit charity that serves as a final refuge for elderly, special needs, and abandoned companion animals. Karen saves the pets no one else wants on her 30-acre farm in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Proceeds from Karen’s books and coaching benefit the animals at the sanctuary.
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  1. donna ray says:


  2. Ashley says:

    Your timing is perfect. I woke up today feeling lost and so alone. Thank you, I needed this message

  3. Thomas K. says:

    Karen, I am so grateful for you, your teachings, and your generous insight. I have struggled every day since I lost my Tyler kitty. Thank you for easing my pain.

  4. Gretta says:

    Your message was spot on! I am so glad I found you and your books. You truly care and I have learned so much from you. With all my heart, thank you.

  5. Ted and Carmen says:

    Karen, we just brought our boy, Theo home from getting his ashes. I was crying so hard all day. This message means the world to me. Thank you from both of us.

  6. Arlene says:

    You made my day!

  7. Jeanie says:

    I really needed this

  8. Donna Hudson says:

    I often feel that I’m not worthy of love. My sweet boy Kitty was my best friend and reason for living. He helped me get through my Mom’s passing and other tough times. Your message brings me hope and I thank you for that.

  9. Jaime Weintz says:

    Hello Karen, thank you so much for this message, it actually came right on time! I am so grateful and blessed.

  10. Chris says:

    Hello Karen……
    So weird because I’ve been thinking about you these last few months and been meaning to say hello but, well- life happens, I mean to then I forget. But I’ve not forgotten you.

    When I read this I had tears and felt it in my heart.

    I do miss Mojo so much. I think about him alot. We went through so much together. I loved ( and still love) that cat. I have another cat that I also love, but my connection with Moj was a one time special. I call him my soul-cat 🙂.

    I’ve lost a lot of people that I was close with lately, but when I think of Moj-it hits my heart.

    Hard to explain, but I know you understand.

    I enjoyed talking with you when we talked, (a long time ago).

    Hope you’re doing well.
    I wish you the best with your book.
    I wish you the best always

  11. Anna says:

    Thank you so much Karen-
    I hope you’re doing well in this crazy world we live in.
    Looking forward to reading your next book

  12. Austin says:

    Thank you, Karen.
    Needed to hear a message like this today.
    Keep up the beautiful work you do!

  13. Kathy says:

    It did resonate with me. Yesterday was a hard day because it was Gwynne’s birthday . I was asking for a sign from her. I wanted to hear from her and I received your message.

    Thank you so much. I needed this.

    Your books are good and help with what we both are going through.

    Thank you again.

  14. Susan says:

    Thank you so much Karen.
    It’s coming up to 2 years in March that I lost my fur baby Benji.
    I miss him so much, and still cry for him.
    The pain is unbelievable.

    Ever since he passed i always kiss his photo and tell him how much I love and miss him each day.
    f any other messages were to come along through you Karen, please do let me know.
    Again Karen, thank you so much

  15. Mark says:

    Thank you so much for sending that it brought tears to my eyes you know I think about it every day and I got a new dog who I love tremendously but I’ll never forget my boy.

    He was the best and you have helped me so much trust me on that but by reading what you just said gave me more strength and showed me that he is always here for me thank you so much for sending that you are the best Karen

  16. Art says:

    Dear Karen:

    Thank You So Much for this message, it means more than you know, and I really appreciate it so much!!!

    It comes to me at perfect divine timing and is something that I so desperately needed to hear!!! Honestly, you have no idea, I am so grateful that you received this message and I feel so blessed to have received it and that I have my Beloved Sweet Pea and my Parents and Family in Heaven all looking over me, sending me their Love!

    Today is Ash Wednesday, (I don’t know if you celebrate or not, but I do), and I have spent the day in special prayer, repentance, and fasting;

    I actually just got up from a nap and during my nap, I dreamed that I saw my Parents, my Grandmother, and my Aunt! This past week, I have also received my Beloved Sweet Pea come to me a couple of times in my dreams as well!

    So hearing from you today is so very special and I am so grateful and appreciative for your message to me and for my departed Loved-Ones in Heaven!!!

    I can’t say Thank You enough times Karen, may God Bless You and your Family and all the beautiful animals you continue to help at your animal sanctuary. I also can not wait to read your newest book and especially, the chapter you are writing about Sweet Pea!!!

    Take good care of yourself and I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing back from you soon!

    Many Thanks Again for Everything!!!

  17. Stephanie says:

    Thanks we just lost our beloved Chloe about 6 weeks ago needed this.

  18. Mary says:

    My daughter just passed away at 47.

    I’ve asked her every day to send a sign. She and I both loved are animals so much, it wouldn’t surprise me if she’s up over the bridge playing with our dogs.

  19. Jo says:

    Omg I just had to put my beautiful 16 year old on Friday Feb 17 and have been asking for a sign that she is ok.

    I am devastated

    Thank you for this!

  20. Pam says:

    Thank you x

  21. Ruth says:

    Thank you!

  22. Karen says:

    Thank you for this e-mail it is lovely!
    I know its true ❤

  23. Kay says:

    Thankyou so much! I needed to hear this today.

  24. Cindy says:

    Thank you for the beautiful message. I really needed to hear this today!

  25. Koll Ellis says:

    This arrived on the 4-month anniversary of my cat’s passing, and they’ve been 4 of the hardest months of my life. I still cry over him every day, so thank you for the reminders and emotional context.

  26. Carol says:

    This message (or rather Katie’s, our beloved Old English sheepdog) came through loud and clear. Her birthday was February 15th and it will be 2 years on May 9th since she went over the rainbow….

    We miss her terribly (she was the BEST companion), but have a new girl, 17 month old Lexie (also an Old English sheepdog) who is keeping us busy and happy.

    I know you’ve had your share of losses, each of our animals have their own special place in our lives and hearts….

    We’re also still working through the tragic loss of our sister in law (and her mom)

    Anyway, taking each day as it comes, and being grateful for all that we have – good health, loving family and friends, plus the contact with special people like you.

  27. Kevin says:

    Today is the anniversary of the passing of our Roxy. It has been 4 years now.
    She will always be missed and loved. Thank you for this special message

  28. Ingrid says:

    Dear Karen

    thank you so much for that sweet special message
    it must be from my Sammy boy, my potbellied pig, who died 2 ½ years ago
    and I miss him very, very much

  29. Jim says:

    Hi Karen

    ..It’s amazing that you contacted me today!

    Yes, I lost a kitten, Skweekies, 11 1/2 years ago, but on August 2, 2022, my wife passed away.

    Just last night I prayed that God that she would give me a sign that she is happy and fine. I believe, somehow, you received that answer and contacted me. I know that you are an expert in pet messaging, but somehow she went through you to contact me.

    I have been ok, knowing that Skweekies is happy across the Bridge, but for the longest time I have been worried that my wife was fine and happy in heaven. I actually prayed so hard last night that I cried myself to sleep.

    Many years ago I read The Afterlife of Billy Fingers and lately have been reading books about people who have visited Heaven. I was still concerned whether my wife was alone or happy or scared.

    I feel that your email is a sign and not a coincidence. Somehow she got the message to you.

    So, again, thank you so much for this special message.

    God Bless you

  30. Cynthia says:

    Very interesting coincidence actually

    It’s been 5.5 weeks since I had to put my Light, my Soul Cat, Chelsea down. Hubby thinks it’s time to reopen my broken full of love ❤️‍🩹. I feel I’m dishonoring her and I don’t know how to go about it. Not physically going about it. Emotionally.

    Is it ok that the new cat would use her old beds and toys?

    Is that weird or wrong?

    I didn’t move her big tower or the smaller one near the window.

    I don’t want to discard them.

    Idk if a new cat is going to feel ok w them. Am I over thinking?

  31. Linda says:

    Today is 7 weeks since my beautiful sweet boy left this world and I needed to hear that message so thank you.

    Although I miss him and my heart still aches I have had many signs from him and I feel he is still near me.

    God Bless Karen

  32. Karen C says:

    Thank you so much I needed to hear this today.

  33. Frank says:

    I had a dream visit last night so the timing was unbelievable.
    All three of my dogs came to me, I saw them all, and they were with me.
    I felt so happy and woke up to find this message!

    Thank you for all you do and for helping me find peace.

  34. Donna Serianni says:

    Hello Karen,

    At first, I wasn’t sure if the message you received about my departed loved one was from Coco (who you’re writing about in your new book), or my most recently departed dear one, Ling Ling. I’m thinking it was from Ling Ling, who passed away on September 7th, 2022, because I had been asking her for a sign. Because I’ve received many signs from Coco over the past few years, I think the message you sensed was from Ling Ling.

    When I read your email, my immediate thought was, “Oh my God”. I have been asking my sweet girl Ling Ling for a sign, and she, and you, delivered in a very huge way! My grief comes in waves, and when it rushes in, it is excruciating. It has been over five months since Ling Ling journeyed over the Rainbow Bridge, yet at times the grief is worse than at first. I know her brother, Buddha is grieving as well. They were litter mates and were born over fifteen years ago.

    Animals will teach us many things, if we just pay attention with an open mind. One of the lessons that Ling Ling taught me was, “love everyone no matter what”. I believe in soul contracts, and I’m certain that Ling Ling and I planned to be together in this life. Also, I have read in several sources that animals are higher beings than humans. I believe that more and more as time goes by. Sometimes I am in awe as to how much she has impacted my life, and I’m a better human because of her. Karen, you also have impacted my life in a profound and very deep way. I say to you, that I owe my healing process to you. Your support and your help and your wisdom has meant a great deal to me, and I am eternally grateful. Thank you, and God bless you.

  35. Nelson says:

    Aloha Karen,

    Thank you for reminding us that our loved ones are always with us. I have learned a lot since that day you answered my questions regarding my beloved angel, Charlie. One thing I have learned from a certified medium is that when we feel a sudden sadness out of nowhere is that our loved ones have given us a heart-to-heart hug. You feel sad because their presence reminds you of the sad memories of the loss. But instead, she recommends you thank your loved one and to show love and gratitude for that hug. Our loved ones do not want us to be sad. They want us to be happy. I hope that my post will help others with their loss.

    Much love,

  36. Lisa Couture says:

    Dear Karen’

    Thank you so much for the message you sent me from my loved ones. Out of the blue. It was something I needed to hear, and tears of gratitude were pouring out as I read it. This was the most precious unexpected gift I have ever received. The timing was incredible, and you are absolutely amazing!

    Love and Blessings,

  37. Rhonda says:

    Thank you so much Karen! The timing was perfict and I needed to hear this.
    It’s been a tough road but without your books and your group I don’t know if I’d be where I am today. Still have those tough days even with her signs and presence. Things just not the same and miss her so much.
    Lately been trying to connect but my concentration just not there, my mind wonders.
    I can hear her still trying to get through to me, gets frustrating that I can’t stay focused. Maybe to much commotion in home, or I’m not to that point yet. Maybe my home needs cleaned first?
    Thank you so much for the message, I do have some wonderful Angels watching over me!

  38. gary says:

    you were on target with your message, you made me cry but you also made me smile and laugh thank you very much!

  39. Lora says:

    Thank you for this message. It’s beautiful and perfectly timed in my life. I miss my boy, Sherman so much.

  40. Martin says:

    HI Karen,
    Wanted to thank you for the message I live in New Mexico where the internet service is very weak no service in my area some times I can get a email out.

  41. Sally says:

    This really helped me.

    Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.

  42. Alisa Ortiz says:

    I lost my Dashey in December and I’m lost these words from you are a blessing

  43. Bill says:

    It has only been 3 weeks since my boy Sammy passed, the crying is like a running faucet.
    It is worst then losing a human, I am sorry to say.

    Thank you. You are truly gifted

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your angel, Sammy. My heart breaks for you. Sending love and healing

  44. Mari says:

    Hi Karen, Thank you for all your healing messages. My magical Leon passed a week ago today. I bookmarked your website in 2021 knowing I would want your support one day. Leon and I have been together for 14 yrs. Your shared stories are what lifted me up day 4 after his transition, and they continue to. I keep listening to all the YouTube videos, your audio books and reading these articles, and there is always something that is a spark of inspiration and joy that shows the beauty and possibility of this experience. I knew it was coming one day, I had been fearing it and strangely preparing for it.
    Thank you for all this support.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Mari, I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Leon. It is the most devastating part of our love. My heart goes out to you.

      Thank you so much for your kind words. You truly made my day!

      I am honored to be a positive part of your healing journey, lighting the way for you.

      I hope you will continue to find the peace and balance in your life knowing Leon will always be near.

  45. Lilian Tudorin says:

    We lost our Felix he was a beautiful black cat. We still have other 3 cats. FELIX left us on the 4th of September since then we have received signs of him trying to communicate with us. Everything you mentioned about pets giving signs they are still around is what we have experienced, from feeling him around and seeing him during the night, it’s amazing the connection we have with him although we know he’s not physically around but certainly in spirit. We do miss him and we believe our other 3 cats do to. Our pets are members of the family and we treat them like so, that’s why since Felix isn’t physically with us anymore we miss him immensely.

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