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When a pet dies – saying goodbye to your best animal friend

April 8, 2013 4 Comments

Ask any animal lover—we love our pets. For many of us they are a best friend, a child, our family. We know they have a spirit just as we do. And when the time comes for them to die, as it comes to all of us, we can experience the darkest grief.

Let us offer you some beautiful words and images to help you through your grief, and to let your pet go with good karma. Thank you to Tanya Hughen for this beautiful gift of consolation. –BJ

Share this with everyone you know who has loved and lost their best animal friend.

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About the Author:

BJ Burman is a writer, researcher, healer, advisor and teacher. All through her childhood and adult life, she has shared her life with animals, every one of them dearly loved. She is also a passionate supporter of animal rights and animal conservation.

In addition, BJ has always been interested in spirituality and religion, both academically and personally. When she became personally involved in Eastern philosophy and religion, she became specifically interested in death & dying (and what really happens to us).

Over the years, she has studied and researched the subject of death & dying, and the associated grief, particularly from a spiritual perspective, under the guidance of respected Buddhist, Hindu and Christian teachers from the USA, Britain and Australia. These great traditions, have so much to teach on the reality of life and death.

BJ has worked in the education sector for nearly 20 years, as a teacher (particularly in a pastoral care role) of adolescents and adults, helping them to not only navigate their path in education, but also navigate their way through personal life obstacles for the happiest outcomes.

Bj holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Graduate qualifications in Linguistics/TESOL, Masters in Comparative World Religions and is a published author for national and international magazine print publications in the field of health and well-being.

It seems only natural to her to combine her love of animals with her interest in death & dying to create a genuinely compassionate and supportive forum for humans who must say good-bye to the animals they love so much.

It is BJ's deep desire to provide guidance and comfort for humans to help their beloved animals live and die in peace.

  • Janet Mills

    Thankyou for helping through a dark time without my beloved dog Jessie. I had to let her go on27th September 2013 because of kidney failure, it helps to now know that she is out of suffering and is waiting for me in a place she will have chosen for us to both be together again. The video was beautiful, and something I shall come back to each time I feel so sad, just reading the comforting words is helping to heal the heartache I truly feel at my dogs loss.

    • I Believe In Dog Heaven

      Thank you Janet for sharing something that I know is so heartbreaking and personal. Although everyone’s grief is different, I do know myself how much a loss like this hurts the heart. I will be thinking of you and Jessie when I write and meditate. But please know that I truly believe you are right to think that you and Jessie will meet again. Until you do, I feel blessed that my site has been of some comfort to you. If you would like to post a picture of Jessie or tell a story about Jessie on the site you are very welcome. Sharing Jessie with others who understand can also be very healing and comforting. Remember, when you love the bond is never broken. Jessie is still with you and always will be. Warmest wishes, BJ xx

  • Cheyenne

    The poem with this video is a very old one. The correct title is The Last Battle and I don’t believe, if I’m correct, that Tania Hughan is the author.

    • I Believe In Dog Heaven

      Dear Cheyenne,
      Thank you so much for your insight to the poem used in this video. I love it when knowledgable folk help to clarify things with any quotes we may use on the site. With regards to this video, I only intended to attribute the arrangement, photos and music to Tania, not the words. I’ll update my intro to her video just in case there is any ambiguity. Thank you again, Cheyenne. Much love, BJ xx