Are You Sending Agonizing Messages to Your Pet?

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If you have lost a beloved pet then you know the heartache that follows.
Just remember, you signed up to experience everything with your animal companions which includes losing them. I’m sure you would go through it all again and endure the pain from grief just to have them in your life. I know I would. In a heartbeat. Yes, it hurts so bad when they die but keep in mind your beloved pet is sharing a very sacred moment with you.
The end of life for your pet is as precious as the moment they are born…
To experience the final moments is deeply special. A combination of love, trust, and total devotion you both have for each other. When possible, help them make their transition out of their body calmly, with love and dignity, just as when they were born.
Yes, it hurts, it hurts beyond words. It is a crushing blow but you are one very lucky pet parent to share that sacred moment with them. In the wild, most animals retreat somewhere alone. So sharing their final hours with you is very sacred.
If you can’t be with them in their final moments, they will understand.
Just tell them right now how you feel…
They will hear your words and know that you love them with your whole heart and soul and would have done everything to be there for them if you could. Don’t dwell on it. I promise you they don’t.
If an accident took them I promise you they will not blame you…
We blame ourselves for what happened but they don’t see it that way. They know you love them above all else. That is all that matters. It comes down to the love you share. So as hard as it is to let go of the blame it is a useless waste of energy that you could be using right now to send them love-filled messages.
Flip it around for a moment and think about this:
If you were on the Other Side, which message would you rather get from the one you love the most?
An agonizing pain-filled message filled with guilt and remorse or a love-infused surge full of magical memories

In over 23 years, I have never had a single pet say their mom or dad ended their life. 
Let me repeat that: I have NEVER had a SINGLE pet say their mom or dad killed them. EVER!
In fact, I’ve never had a single session where the pet said that they were angry, upset, or blamed their beloved human caretakers.
Even in the worst abuse cases I’ve worked on the pets do not see things the way we do.

Your departed pet knows they can let go of anything that no longer serves them. 
They are far more intelligent than we give them credit for aren’t they?
So, I ask you this…Are you ready to stop sending agonizing messages?

If yes, please post it below and state your promise in writing that you will do your best to send your departed pet only the most love-filled messages you can. Allow yourself time to grieve and honor the emotions but honor your pet too and send only the very best messages.

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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. Kathryn Player says:

    Karen, thank you for this! Your words are powerful. I try to send out nothing but positive thoughts to my sweet Baxley Joe. Your recent session with him gave me so much comfort. I know he is pain free and enjoying his time in the after life. He is with me in spirit always! Thank you again for all you do Karen!

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Thanks so much, Kathryn! You are so sweet. Your Baxley Joe is one super lucky pup to have you as his momma. I’m so honored to be a part of your journey and thrilled that you loved your session. You are both amazing and I’m blessed to share this with you

  2. Linda says:

    Have read the book Amazing afterlife. Very good book. Helped me in my early stage of grief.Thank you.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I am so glad you are here, Linda. I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you for the kind words about my book… sending healing hugs xoxo

  3. Jane says:

    This is a beautiful, supportive message Karen and it is one that I will share with other folks as well. Much appreciation and many blessings.

  4. Kris says:

    I to live on the better half of Washington state and I’m wondering how you got to be so popular?
    I have a gift with animals as well I just don’t know how to have this as a career because you have to have a degree of some sort to work with animals or some credentials. I mean I have intuition and the animals no this but people don’t.
    How does a person go about any type of working with animals besides a vet and a tech or nurse? I’m not young and my whole life since I was born I swear there’s something here but can’t channel into it for a career.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I’ve been doing this work for over 23 years. I dedicated my life to learning how to understand the animals and departed humans. It is my passion and my joy. I suggest you begin with a basic course for Animal Communication. If you are more advanced then look into private coaching. I offer both. I also have a free practice group on Facebook:

  5. I have already made that promise to my girl Daisy, that I will always be here for her!!!and she knows just how much she is loved, you see Karen, we almost lost her twice during the holidays, she was very sick and we prayed for her every day, and now she’s doing well and I know that she stayed alive for us and for that we are very grateful!!!!

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I’m so happy to hear this, Nadine! Daisy is so lucky to have you as her mom! Be grateful for every moment

  6. karen estabrook says:

    I believe your words and advice and continuously try to remember the 14 years of joyful experiences I shared with both my boys. It’s been one year since the last one departed and 3 years since his brother passed. I still get little messages of love from them as I continue to heal. Today I found a blue jay feather, last week a feather from a dove… dragonflies tried to enter my house front door! I know these boys are always with me but the pain in my heart is also real. Please keep reminding us to keep our messages upbeat and grateful.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Thank you so much, Karen. I’m so glad to hear you are celebrating their lives and those precious memories. I love that you are getting messages and signs from your babies too! I will do my best to be a beacon of light for all who are struggling with a loss. Sending love and healing

  7. Sandra says:

    Hi Karen I really needed that message. I try not to dwell on what happened to a lot of my animal companions – it does hurt though but I also think they came into my life to help me learn lessons and some were very hard. when I think of my animal companions that have crossed I think of the good times and all the funny things they would do – I try to think of only good memories. Thank you Karen for all that you do to help us understand our babies

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Sandra, thank you for sharing your wonderful insight and yes, you are so right! They are with us to help us learn and grow as spiritual beings. Many lessons hurt deeply but ironically, that is when we learn the most. Thank you for sharing today and for shining your beautiful light. Sending love and healing

  8. Kim Worthington says:

    Thank you for this today. We had to put our 12 year old black lab to sleep today. Your email came just the right time.
    Thank you again for help with my brother Marty. He has my mom now.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Oh, Kim, I am so very sorry to hear about your losses. My heart breaks for you. I hope you have my book, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals. If not, please get a copy. It will help you so much. I will always hold a sacred place in my heart for you, Marty, and your loved ones. Thank you for sharing today. Sending love and healing.

  9. Carolyn Belleville says:

    Karen, I lost my beloved Rocky over 4 years ago. He was the most special tuxedo cat ever and when he passed, I didn’t think I could ever get past the grief. Five months after his death, I had a session with you where you told me he was happy and well, and did not blame me for his death. Along with other deeply personal things you told me (which only Rocky could have told you!), you helped me understand that the bond between this amazing pet and me could not be broken, ever, and that we would always be together. I cannot thank you enough for sharing your gift with animal lovers everywhere whose heartache you have eased.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Carolyn, no matter how much time goes by we still miss our soulmate animal companions. I remember our very special session. Those messages were so pure and full of love. How very lucky you are to have this bright star in your life. He is an incredible soulmate who will always be there for you. Thank you for sharing today. Your words mean so much to me and I am so grateful for being a part of your journey into healing. Sending lots of love and healing.

  10. Janette Gomez says:

    Hi Karen,
    Your email came as a shocking and timely surprise to me today. You see today is the one year anniversary of losing my Bowie, my first baby, my daughter of 14 years. I didn’t know how I would feel today but I did know I wanted to spend the day honoring her memory. I accepted I would be sad, but wanted to be as positive as I could. I wrote her a message on my personal social media reminiscing of all the fun things she did and how much she changed my life and although the hole in my heart is the same a year later, the sharp pains have dulled and I can smile and be grateful for how much she saw me.
    I’m not perfect and have many days sobbing saying I miss her so much but I’m finally able to end those moments with grateful thank you’s to her for being an amazing soul. And thanking her for all the times she visits me when the lights flicker and I feel the gentle feeling of grazing hair on my leg every know and again. Thank you. Janette

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Janette, I am so sorry for the loss of Bowie. I can’t imagine how hard it must be especially today on this anniversary of her transition. Your bonds of love are so strong I’m sure she is right there with you every step of the way. It is during our darkest hour that they are closest. So call upon her often, say her name out loud, and tell her how much you will always love and adore her. Thank you for sharing today. Sending love and healing

  11. Susan Mazzei says:

    Thank you so much for this. I lost my dog Ranger last week. He is a beautiful yellow lab. I just told Ranger “I love you”. I feel like he is still here with me.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Susan. My heart breaks for you. Just talk to him as if he is right there by your side. Nothing has changed for him. He will continue to be with you as the bonds of love never die. Thank you for sharing today. Sending love and healing.

  12. Jen Breuer says:

    It will be a year next month since I had to say good bye to Zita. I tell her that I miss her almost daily. I wish she could’ve stayed longer but I know I will see her again one day. Reading your book right after I lost her helped me immensely. Thank you for the work that you do.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I’m so sorry for the loss of your angel, Zita. It warms my heart to hear my book has helped you with this incredible loss.
      Thank you for sharing today. May you find your smile, peace, and healing. You deserve to live a full and happy life knowing Zita will always be by your side.

  13. Karen DeSimone says:

    Dear Karen,
    Your deep knowledge of animals and how they think has been so comforting over the years again and again. I miss all 4 of our beloved furry children (kitties) in heaven so very much every day, but our Baby JoJo’s passing because they never knew what caused his sudden collapse remains even more agonizing. Despite this — I send him only messages filled with love and gratitude as I do with all 4 of them. Reading your email today regarding guilt and blame was helpful. Our Baby JoJo’s internal medicine specialist feels it was the heart medicine that his cardiologist gave him that caused his collapse and passing. It was me who had to give him the heart medicine each day, of course. The cardiologist repeatedly and emphatically shared that the medicine would not cause a collapse so it remains a mystery.
    Thank you for your insight on guilt and blame. Although I don’t personally believe there is such a thing as death since our spirits/souls live on forever — I never stop missing them being physically with me and it never seems to get any easier.
    With gratitude always,

    • Karen Anderson says:

      You are so sweet and I am grateful for all of your kindness. More than you will ever know. I’m so glad to hear you are sending loving and positive messages to all of you babies. You are such a good mom! Thank you for shining your light in my life. Blessings to you and all your sweet angels.

  14. Carrie says:

    Lexi, I promise to do my best…. When I talk to you, I will try to have only the best of memories to share and all of the little ones too. Mommy is still grieving, but I will try to do that quietly. When I call out your name in my head, or out loud, I will do my best to smile big for you while we remember our life on earth together and how very wonderful and completely fulfilling it truly was. You are the love and light of my life.💖💖
    Thank you, Karen💕

    • Karen Anderson says:

      This is so beautiful, Carrie. Your sweet angel, Lexi is smiling so bright for you right now. How very lucky you are to have such an incredible bond with Lexi. Thank you for sharing. Sending love and healing.

  15. Cindy says:

    Balto, as I talk to you everyday, I will try to send loving messages. The pain of losing you hurts so deep but we had so many great times together. I know you want me to hold those memories close to heart! Your beautiful blue eyes and smiling face is what I see throughout my day! You are an amazing dog and I will always love you!

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Such a beautiful sentiment, Cindy! I’m sure your angel, Balto is smiling a big smile of happiness for you right now! Yes the pain is deep and immeasurable but so are the memories. Sending healing for you.

  16. John lincoln says:

    Thanks, Karen, I am so very relieved that there is never any blame. Whenever I think about the accident it’s hard not to want to berate myself for not paying more attention. I feel really lucky though cuz whenever I think of my boy he is smiling at me and can’t wait to go for the morning hike with the rest of the gang, this is when I remind him it’s only 5 in the morning. He just won’t let me feel bad and he knows that I am getting the message loud and clear. Between you and him I do believe I am seeing brighter days already. Thanks again for your words of wisdom. Sincerely, John

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I was hoping you would read this post. My heart is smiling for you right now. It was not your fault. Accidents happen to all of us. Including me. It is so hard not to beat yourself up. But that is wasted energy and we can do so much better especially for the pets we love. I’m so proud of you for moving forward through the pain. You deserve to live a full and happy life free of any guilt or remorse. Sending healing to you …

  17. Wilma Q. Riddell says:

    I promise to send my beautiful Muchni girl all of my LOVE forever. Only the most positive and brilliant energy will be sent her way on the other side. She will feel my hugs and kisses even more. As I am writing this I am talking to her and letting her know how precious our time together was. We had so much fun together and accomplished so much as a team. Muchni and I were put together on this Earth for a special reason. I will send her spiritual flowers and only the sweetest fragrance. We had a bond and that bond will never die. The LOVE we shared is eternal. This is my promise to my little girl! Mommy LOVES you so much!

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I love this Wilma! I’m sure your angel, Muchni is right by your side and is feeling all the love, hugs, and kisses! Those bonds of love will never die and you are so blessed to share so many precious moments with her. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Lynne Shields says:

    It is a real coincidence that I read your email today. Just yesterday I took out your book Amazing Afterlife again and was reading through it. I lost my second boxer 6 months ago and miss her terribly. I read the part about sending their spirit good thoughts instead of sad thoughts to help them move on. I realized I have to start to do that. Even though she isnt here anymore I want to help her as much as I can still.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I don’t believe in coincidence! I believe we are all connected in this vast Universe and everything happens for a reason. I felt a strong pull to write this post. I had no idea what I was going to write and then it just came to me. I could have easily tapped into all those who are struggling with a loss and trying to figure out how to move into healing. Thank you for your feedback and for reading my book. I hope it is helping you navigate through the pain. I am so sorry for the loss of your angel. You are a good mom for wanting to send her positive energy. She will love you even more!

  19. Shiran says:

    This is great thank you. I can’t help but wonder why some animals are only here for a short time. I’ve had two cats and both passed at a very young age. I’m just trying to understand the meaning behind it and why some stay longer than others.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Someday we will know why. Or maybe it won’t matter as the soul progresses time is irrelevant only the progression matters. Thank you for sharing your thoughts today.

  20. Denise Hedley says:

    I really needed this tonight. I do my best to only send loving messages to Sebastian, but there is a degree of guilt related to his passing because i couldn’t save him. From here on though, i will only send loving messages. It’s hard because even after a year, my grief is extreme. I cry daily over my beloved boy.

  21. Jacky H says:

    Thank you for the read, Karen. As I do fall into sadness sometimes, I try to tell my Duke that I love him and miss him out loud. And I try to thank him out loud when he visits me. He was – is still my whole heart. He is such a special boy. Thank you for all your help navigating us through the pain and anguish.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Duke. It hurts so badly. Every positive thought helps and opens your heart for loving energy to fill the emptiness. I hope you have my book, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals. It will help you navigate through the pain. Thank you for sharing and for being here today. Sending love and healing

  22. Michelle says:

    Tiko, I cannot say how deeply I regret how your life ended, and I wasn’t there-and I was the indirect cause. Of all the things I’ve done that I’ve regretted later, yours is the most painful and long lasting. I’ve even avoided having Karen talk to you for fear of hearing your deserved condemnation. I earned it. I thought I was doing the right thing. Now I know I was wrong.
    There are times when I see you in the eyes of Diamond, who we chose from the cages at the animal shelter. She is much like you, and she loves me as deeply as you did. She even drools on me, like you did, when she is purring and kneading while on my chest. If you have been trying to say something to me through her, then, dear Tiko, I hear you.
    Karen has told me to stop the regretting. I will try. I don’t want to cause you dismay or pain. I have felt this for over 25 years.
    Please forgive me, my little tiger, and I hope to see you, someday, on the other side. I love you.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I am so sorry for the devastating loss of your angel, Tiko. Your commitment to choose the love over the loss will set you free from holding onto anything that no longer serves you and open a sacred space for healing and love to fill your heart. Thank you for honoring Tiko in such a beautiful way. I have no doubt she is ‘soul-sharing’ with Diamond to be close to you again. Sending love and healing

  23. Debbie Rendek says:

    It’s been 17 months since we lost our little drawf bunny girl, Julie. I miss her so much, but every night I tell her how much I love her, what a beautiful bunny she is and thank her for bringing so much joy into our lives and for helping me find you and your books! I can’t begin to tell you how much they helped me with my grieving, and our session really made me feel better knowing that she is happy and knows we did every thing we could do for her in the end. Thank you, Karen, for all you have done for me and others!

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Debbie, I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Julie. You two have an amazing bond and it has been my honor to walk this path with you and to deliver Julie’s messages. You have been gifted magical time with her on this Earth and while it may be painful and hurt beyond words, I know the two of you can not be separated. She will always be with you as there is nowhere else she would rather be. Thank you for trusting me to be a part of your journey. Sending love and healing.

  24. Kelly Jackson says:

    Karen thank you for this beautiful message. I feel so much sadness and grief for my little mini Schnauzer who died in the emergency room due to complications from a surgery. I have worked too therapy to try to forgive myself. But I still have those thoughts of if I could have done things differently. I think I will post the Beautiful words you said on my mirror so I see them every day! Bless you for the work and love you share.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Oh, I am so sorry, Kelly. Those sad messages play like a continuous loop in our minds sometimes. It is hard to get past it but it is a decision you can make. Make it your decision to choose to hold onto the love not the loss. The memories not the pain. The joy, not the what-ifs. I have been told by the animals on the Other Side that if they had not died at the time they did, it would be soon afterward. You see we are no more responsible for their death/their transition than we are their birth. We think we should have done things differently but we do the best we can and that is all that matters. We also aren’t here to cure them or keep them here longer than they need to be. We are here to love them, to learn from them, and to honor our special bonds of love. It sounds like you did everything right. Sending love and healing.

  25. Helen Sparkes says:

    Karen, Thank you for this beautiful message, I found it very comforting to read, as I have been very sad since I said goodbye to my precious boy Bandit 10 months ago. I talk to him every day, and tell him how much he is missed, but with alot of tears. Moving forward I will remember your message and send him happy thoughts of the time we spent together. and all the joy he brought to my life. I love your book The Amazing Afterlife of Animals.
    Thank you again Karen.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      You are so welcome, Helen. I am so glad that it has resonated so deeply with you. I had a precious boy named Bandit too. I am so sorry for your loss. It hurts so badly to lose them and we wonder how the time we had went by so fast. I’m so glad you have so many wonderful memories of your boy. Thank you for being here and for reading my book. Sending love and healing.

  26. Beth says:

    Thank you so much Karen! This is so empowering and comforting. I struggle to let go of the guilt and doubt and it often gets intermingled with my messages of love. They visit and send me messages often, and I need to remember that they would not do that if they didn’t love me or they harbored any ill feelings toward me. The day that we are all reunited will be so full of joy and, in the meantime, I need to focus on love, light, and positivity. I am very grateful for this message.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Beth. I am so sorry for your losses. You got it so right! Yes, we will all be reunited with so much joy and love one day. Thank you for listening and for committing to sending only positive messages. Sending love and healing

  27. Amy says:

    This note comes so timely. I was lying awake unable to sleep thinking and regretting the way we let our sweet Candi go. She was put down at home, we stayed with her through her sedation and went outside for the official end of life drug. I regret we weren’t there until the very end, nor did we have her two doggy siblings with her. Your email is a reminder to let it go.
    Today, I let go of my regret, know that Candi is in a good place, cancer free and free from her pain. I promise to treasure the good memories and may her spirit draw close to me.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved angel, Candi. It feels so much lighter around your heart and soul when you release that which no longer serves you. This warms my heart to hear you let it go. Sending love and healing

  28. Angie Bearl says:

    Hi Karen,
    Thank you for sharing. I feel lucky that I am with my babies at the end. Hubby can not be there. I always try to have them hear I love you as the last thing they hear from me. Every now and then I feel Sparky around me for a tiny bit. But recently my first baby Rudi from when I first got married has been popping in my mind. I’m not sure if there is a reason or just wants to say hello. Either way, I love it when it happens. He has been gone for around 20 years now. It just started out of the blue a few months ago.
    Anyway, I appreciated this article. Thank you

    • Karen Anderson says:

      You are so lucky and it has been such an honor to share your journey with you and your babies. I’m sure they are there with you as you are so loved. Big hugs to you my dear friend

  29. Michele Wood says:

    I lost my beloved dog Spanky one year ago today and I would’ve never made it through without your guiding words. I struggle daily in learning how to integrate his death into my life. I’ve been learning how to live with the void in my heart and soul but it’s the guilt of the painful cry in his final moments that can’t seem to surmount. Thank you for posting.Thank you for your APP! I’m so grateful to you and your work.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I am so sorry for your loss of Spanky. It is a struggle and one that hurts deeply. Learning to adjust to the new ‘normal’ routine without our beloved companions hurts so badly. The painful cry you experienced must be so traumatizing. I also had nightmares from a beloved dog that was euthanized, she cried out in pain as she was injected. Terrifyingly awful memory. But when I connected with her…she said she had no memory of the pain and said she was already free of her body at that moment even though the ‘clinical’ signs showed her heart still beating. The body will live but the soul leaves. That ‘cry’ was a reflex much like a knee-jerk reaction and she had no memory. Once I realized that pets don’t necessarily experience those final moments of pain as they are already out of their body, I began asking other pets about their final moments. The answers were almost identical. No memory. That time is erased. Not part of their journey or experience. Most had no idea of what I was asking them about…They would say, ‘what pain? I was already out of my body’…so it is all our perception. I hope this helps. Now, different story if they survive. They will remember the pain if they are still alive. They may not want to talk about it but they have that memory. Thanks for being here Michele, and for downloading my app. You are in a safe place for healing.

  30. Linda Notorgiacomo says:

    Thank you for this reminder, Karen. I read this when you first sent it out but I’m rereading today as I woke this morning with such a sense of guilt over Shady’s passing-“I could have done better by him,” thoughts to the point of tears. I so appreciate your insight and the work you do. I am beyond grateful to have found The Amazing Aterlife of Animals. Not only was your book immensely comforting, it led me to you, Karen. Thank you. Be well, my friend.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I am so sorry Linda, I can’t imagine how much you miss him. I have the same thoughts too but we do the best we can and we learn and grow. My heart goes out to you as you are on your healing journey. I’m so glad I have helped even in the smallest way. Big hugs to you dear friend.

  31. Jean Fife says:

    Thank you for this valuable reminder. As a general rule that is how I respond when I have to put one of my dogs down. I know their life here with me was wonderful and that they are fine and happy on the other side. However a couple of years ago I had to put down a young dog I had adopted and named Otter because she looked just like a river otter. She’d had several short-lived periods with other adopters because she had some challenging issues. I am a skilled professional and thought I could resolve this. Long story short I was not able to. Her issues were dangerous and I decided to put her down for safety reasons. Though I knew it was the right decision I was devastated. My friend of years went with me to the vet. When we walked out of the office afterword my friend doubled over choking on sobs and telling me something I couldn’t understand through her sobs. Turned out it was sobs of relief because she was saying that she just clearly heard Maggie saying not to worry because she “had her” meaning Otter. Maggie was a Hound I had adopted and fallen madly in love with, as had the whole neighborhood. I was only graced with her for less than a year when she got cancer and I had to put her down. The added grace of this story is that I had taken Maggie in when her people had both died within 5 months of each other. They are all reunited as far as I am concerned.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Thank you for sharing these special memories with us. It is sometimes our most challenging moments with our beloved animal companions that bring about the biggest transformations both spiritually and emotionally. I thank you for being there for all of those precious souls. You are an angel on Earth and it is sometimes devastating to do what we must do. May God bless all of you and bring peace and healing.

  32. Frank Grine says:

    Thank you for sharing your insight on this subject, I too blamed myself when Captain passed, could not be there with him when he passed due to work. I was blaming me, the vet, and even God for his passing. Took a long time to forgive and a special thanks to Karen for her coaching and sessions that I learned how to deal with this issue. Had the privilege of being with my other two boys, Doobie and Cash to transition to the other side, one in 2015 and the other in 2017. It is really hard to deal with, but I am glad I was there with them to the end, that’s what it is all about, to the end.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      It is so hard not to blame yourself when things don’t go as you hoped. I have done the same thing. It has been such an incredible journey with you Frank, and your boys have delivered so many incredible messages. Thank you for sharing your journey so others can find peace in your words. Frank’s story is detailed in my book: The Amazing Afterlife of Animals in the Reincarnation chapter. One of the all-time best moments I have ever had as a professional Animal Communicator! Love to you all…

  33. Jacky H. says:

    Thank you.
    Yes, I have read your book 1.5 times. He was my soul mate and just miss him tons and wish I could hold and smother him with kisses like before. I knew it was gonna be tough but couldn’t imagine in a million years. Just on the struggle bus like many of us here.

  34. Frank Grine says:

    Hello Karen,
    Yes, I too took the passing of my boy, Captain really hard blaming myself for his passing and not being with him for his transition, had a lot of guilt until I had sessions with Karen. This led me to the right path with his passing.
    With Karen’s coaching, sessions and her new book, I had the privilege to be with the passing of two of my boys, Doobie in 2015 and Cash in 2017 and it will forever be embedded in my heart and soul, for we will be reunited in the end and I am looking forward to that day.
    I talk to my boys daily, which helps me cope with their passing.
    What is really incredible are the signs!

    • Karen Anderson says:

      You and I have walked this incredible journey together and we will always be bonded through your boys, Captain, Doobie, and Cash. Thank you for being such an amazing dad to your boys, for opening your heart and soul to their messages and signs, and mostly for shining your light into my life. You are so special to me. Big hugs and blessings to all of you! *Captain’s amazing story is included in my book, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals

  35. Katie Marcucci says:

    My promise and thanks to my sweet Koda and Poppy are to always remember our special memories and how Poppy in her infinite love sent Koda to be in my life. The gifts and joy they both gave and continue to give me with those memories we made carry me through my difficult times.
    I will not regret any part of their transition and loss in my life as I know they are still with me. I will honor them by sharing all the wonderful experiences we had whenever I can. I promise to cherish every moment we had and have.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Beautiful words, Katie…thank you for sharing your sweet angels with me. I’m sure they are with you now helping you heal.

  36. Stacey says:

    Lost my sweet girl last week. Miss her so much but I am seeing so many signs of her. I want to share her life and stories. Trying my best to stay positive and smile in her memory

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I am so sorry, Stacey…my heart is breaking for you. It is so hard to stay positive when all you want to do is cry and miss them. It is a process and each day gets a little better. I hope you have my book, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals, it will help ease your pain. Sending love and healing

  37. Frank Grine says:

    Yes, I was guilty for sending agonizing messages when my beloved Captain passed,but later learned on how to deal with this situation when I started having sessions and talking with Karen back in 2008.Since then I have had two more pass and was there when they transitioned.Sadly could not be there for Captain due to work.What I will always remember was when I was with Doobie for the last time, was his last kiss he gave me before he passed.Had him for 14 and a half memorable years and he loved giving me kisses.I have Takoda in my life now and I promise to do my best to send the most love-filled messages I can when he passes.

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I’m sure we have all done so in our grief. It is hard not to. But we know they live on in spirit and will always be with us. Sending love to you all

  38. Karen Anderson says:

    Just knowing you can send positive messages is a start. It is so hard to lose them. Sending love…

  39. Carrie says:

    Thank you so much, Karen. ❤

  40. Joy Wolbers says:

    I will ALWAYS send my boy positive messages filled with so much love and caring for all the love and loyalty that he gave me. Only the best for my Dice!! ❤ Thank you Karen!

    • Karen Anderson says:

      I’m so glad to hear this, Joy! They deserve to be honored and celebrated for lighting up our lives!

  41. Carrie says:

    I read this article about agonizing messages frequently. I just wanted to thank you for this. It helps me when I feel I’m falling backwards into the guilt. It brings me out of that mode and I feel refreshed and am able to focus on sending love and picturing memories. I have been receiving many messages since I have been talking with Lexi about our life together and also just small talk. I feel so grateful to have found you, Karen. ❤

    • Karen Anderson says:

      Carrie, my heart breaks for you and I am so glad that this article has helped you. You are a great mom and Lexi loves you so much. Try not to allow those thoughts to sneak back into your day. They serve neither of you. This is your chance to honor her with every breath you take. I’m grateful you found me too.

  42. Ann Hawks says:

    August 15, 2020
    On August 3rd I was looking on Amazon for pet memorial gifts (my sister had to euthanize her 17 yr. old shih tzu that day) and I saw your book listed among the gifts. I ordered the book for myself because I know I have spent too much time grieving over the loss of my beautiful companion cat of 18 yrs. (Merlin) who died on Aug. 3rd, 2017.
    I was also seeking more knowledge because I love my animals. I have had a major awakening from your book and thank you for it. And yes, I have given off messages of my grief and pain over his loss, because I did not know any better. I did not know how to send him to the other side with love or to ask someone to greet him when he crossed over.
    It makes me feel really bad that I’ve held onto my pain and not sent joy to him thinking of all the wonderful things that happened in our long life together, or to be helping him with his spiritual journey. I am hoping to learn even more from your website to communicate with Merlin, and with the other two cats, I have now.

  43. Karen Anderson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet angel, Merlin. I have no doubt he has guided you my way so you can learn more about the Other Side and how to connect with him going forward. Try not to feel badly about the past, move onward, and upward. I’m sure Merlin would want you to be happy and feel good about the life you gave him. Thank you for reading my book and may each chapter bring you closer to healing. Sending love…

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