We know that from the minute we are born we start the journey toward our last days (whenever that may be). When it comes to our furry friends, we know deep down in our soul that their time is limited and we will outlive them. It’s something you don’t even think about the minute you sign that adoption paperwork or take that stray dog or cat off the street and welcome them into your home. Then after (hopefully) many years of love and memories, the day comes when your furry family member dies and leaves that hole in your heart. After all the tears, mixed emotions of sorrow, anger and denial, you begin to wonder “Do pets have an afterlife?” “Do pets go to heaven?”
I know I asked myself these questions and I have my own opinion and answer. Based on my own experiences with pet loss, here are four reasons why I believe pets do have an afterlife.
1) My Faith
I don’t know about you but I’m a person of faith. I am a Christian and although I don’t go to church every Sabbath day I hold some main principle truths to be valid regardless of the religious sector. In I Corinthians:13 the Bible says “Love never dies.” To paraphrase from a biblical perspective “Love knows all things, endures all things and never dies.” Thinking of this scripture and knowing my experience with true love, I believe this applies to people as well as pets. No one who is an animal lover or pet parent will refute that the best example of unconditional love is the one a pet has for their pet parent.
Remembering that point, let’s also think about a person in your life that you loved dearly and they passed away. For example, take a grandmother for instance. I cannot tell you how many times I know of friends who were raised by a grandparent in their childhood years and long after the granny has passed away, the grandchild reflects and always says “I feel she still watches over me.” See that love shared and experienced never dies…it just changes form in the afterlife – spirit form. That leads me to my next point.
2) My Experience with strange encounters
As you know, if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve shared my experience after my cat Dusty passed away when she had to be euthanized. That same night after Dusty passed away I really felt like her energy was alive and well after my husband and I returned from the urgent care that fateful evening. Feeling that energy in the house hours (and even days) later was overwhelming and had me bawling. Days after she passed away, I’d experience odd things like cool breezes on my neck or my husband and I would think that we heard Dusty meow in the house. I would ask myself, “Did I just hear her meow or was my grief making me crazy?”
Another time I had a strange encounter occurred when my first cat Precious passed away 10 years ago in 2006. She passed away suddenly at 8 years old. I vividly remember within days after her passing, falling asleep on my bed and remember hearing the bedroom door creak open (as Precious used to always do) and feel the weight of her paw prints climb up onto the bed. I could feel the weight of her climb up on my chest, just as she used to do before she passed. It was like going through the same motions without the physical form.
I say all this to say, I believe that just like my faith, people live and die but their spirit lives on. Based on my strange paranormal-like experiences I think it’s true for our pets. I think our pets do have an afterlife.
3) Pet Mediums
I’m a Christian but also realize not everyone may share the same views. So when my pets passed away I was looking for answers and validation for my strange experiences. After checking out a search on YouTube and looking videos searching for answers, I stumbled across pet medium Ms. Brent Atwater. If you are curious, you can check out her website and bio here or she has a YouTube Channel here. Checking out just a few of her videos brought me great comfort and validation for my experiences. As I mentioned, it’s not my wish to disturb or voluntarily chase “spirits” like an episode of Ghost Adventures, but rather, I just wanted validation for my strange experiences. I wanted some sort of confirmation that I was not going crazy hearing meows in the house.
Because of my personal faith I rather just let the dead rest in peace and not partake in connecting with any spirits or anything not of this world. That’s just my own preference. Even though I choose to believe in God, I absolutely am open-minded enough to realize, some people have certain sensitive abilities to connect with spirits not of this world in the physical. Anything is possible essentially. I found answers, clarity and comfort through Brent Atwater’s group and videos; so for that I’m grateful. I really think that helped in my healing process.
4) One word to remember – “Transition”
Whether you believe in a religion or not, one word does translate in both ends of the spectrum “Transition”. If you have a religion and believe our physical life ends and your spirit lives on OR you just believe it’s “lights out” after death; one word applies to both scenarios-Transition. Essentially our fur babies’ transition out of their furry body and into the spiritual realm or part of a world we cannot see with our eyes or touch with our hands, but regardless we can always still feel the love with all our hearts.
So there it is. My four reasons why I think pets have an afterlife. I think only God (and our deceased pets) know for sure, but I really sincerely believe in my heart of hearts that love never dies. Our own family members that pass on live forever in our hearts and memories and that love never fades away. It is a permanent fixture in our lives and the same can be said for our furry family members.
We as human beings may not understand everything or have all the answers however one thing is constant and that is change. And just like we have all learned in Science class – energy is neither created nor destroyed. Our souls or spirits are like living energy. I think the same of unconditional love we’ve received from our pet’s their entire lives. Their love is unconditional, never-ending, never dies but lives on forever.
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What do you think about pets and the afterlife? Have you had any personal experiences? Be sure to comment and share!
Originally published October 16, 2016. Updated May 2021.