End Of Life Transition Info
Making the choice to be with your animal during its End Of Life Transition can be a beautiful loving experience including strong emotions. Your animal friend knows and understands you and how we humans process a loss.
I speak from sharing my life with animals and how our animals transitioned. Each one of these beautiful souls was my trusted friend and guide, seeing me through my challenges, accepting me for who I am no matter how ignorant or self absorbed I acted. Each of them was always there for me with love, never judging me when I took the path of resistance or denial; which I did several times through the years. This is how we humans learn, we do things until we see another way.
My Thoughts During Our End Of Life Transitions
I offer my experiences and do not make any claim your experience or emotional state will be the same as mine. You might not agree with how I coped with the experience, this is how I chose to do it. I encourage you to improvise, be creative, follow your inner guidance. There is no right or wrong when you are honoring and loving your animal.
After becoming an animal communicator, I communicated with each animal first to find out what was for their highest good and what their soul needed. Each experience was different and I would not have changed one moment I had with them. At times during the transition it was challenging to stay in my heart focusing on what they wanted. It is important to choose loving thoughts and feelings and not allow your mind to take control with fear thoughts or trying to change the outcome.
I invite you to spend as much time as possible with your animal friend. Talk out loud with them about everything they contributed to your life. Share your memories with them. You can never say I LOVE YOU too much. Depending on their physical condition, hug them, and lovingly touch them. Lay them over your heart being careful not to squeeze them because their bones may fracture or break. Do not put additional pressure on their internal organs because they are shutting down.
My intention is not to persuade you, only to share what I have learned from my own journey and all the communications with the Animal Kingdom, St. Francis and other high vibrational beings.
Disconnecting From The Body
We are all energetic beings housed with a physical form. When the soul is ready to leave the physical body it will begin to energetically disconnect from the body. This process can be instantaneous, take a few hours, weeks or longer. Each animal and human is different, requiring different things to complete their path.
Some of our animals asked for specific crystals to be placed around them, others preferred more attention while others wanted to be left alone for hours. You will learn what your animal wants by observing your animal’s behavior, listening to your inner guidance and asking your animal what it needs because it is communicating with you telepathically.
Imagine yourself in their position, how would you want to be treated, what would you want to hear from your loved ones, and let your heart be your guide.
Transitioning Out Of The Physical Body
In the first stages their behavior is unusual or different, they lay in unusual places or with their body tweaked (head one way the body the other), they no longer like the same food (sometimes they just want a change of diet and are not transitioning), they do not want to eat or drink, lie around the water bowl but not want to drink. Note: please consult your veterinarian to determine if your animal requires medical attention.
Once you know your animal is in the final transitioning phase, follow their lead. They may or may not want food or water. Forcing food or liquid can cause them to gag or vomit and will be very uncomfortable for them and you.
Their sense of smell, eyesight, depth perception and direction most likely has changed or declined causing them to walk in circles, run into walls, furniture, be wobbly on their legs, fall down or be unable to get up in time to urinate or poop outside.
Things We Learned to Do
We create a warm, comfortable area where they are not able to injure themselves as they move around. Depending on the size of your animal a baby’s playpen is convenient, you can easily watch them and they can see, sense and hear you. Once they lose their strength to stand on their own, we set up a tote with some basic items: paper towels, wash cloths, trash bags, towels, blankets, plastic eye dropper, bottled water, paper plates for them to eat on, Aloe Vera Gel, flashlight, piddle pads, prescriptions, homeopathics etc.
First layer: an old comforter, sheet or blanket folded in half laid on the floor for a foundation
Second layer: one or two folded blankets or waffle pad, foam rubber for cushioning, depends on the size of your animal, the thickness of the blankets and their comfort level. We used a foam waffle pad for Bandy who was about 60 pounds
Third layer: a piddle pad or large plastic trash bag to cover the area of where they will lay to reduce having to change out the bedding foundation
Fourth layer: a large soft bath towel (optional for extra cushioning)
Top layer: a soft blanket or towel. We use cotton baby blankets which are easy to wash.
Keep your animal on the floor, their vision and depth perception most likely has diminished and they can easily fall off a chair, bed or couch causing pain, broken bones, and serious damage.
We do not leave our animals alone during this stage, we alternate sleeping next to them. It is important to be aware that moving them may cause them pain, discomfort or injury. If they were out in nature, they would choose a secluded place without distractions.
If your animal cannot turn over on its own
Begin by telling your animal that you are going to change the bedding and clean them. With each bedding change gently turn your animal onto its other side to help prevent sore spots. If you see a sore spot try putting a small amount of Aloe Vera gel on it or contact your vet.
For our large dogs: Roll them on opposite side. Place new bedding under the soiled layer. Roll soiled layer up as you gently roll them over onto their other side onto the new bedding. Our smaller dogs and cats we kept 2 layers of the bedding underneath them to quickly lift, clean them, and remove the soiled layer. You will find ways that work for you.
Making It Easier
Disregard all time frames; this is about what their soul needs and what you can emotionally handle. This is a life cycle and you are honoring their life and what it means to you. I cannot tell you that you will not experience an emotional roller coaster if your animal chooses to transition at home. It is important to take care of yourself, make sure you get rest, eat properly, take vitamins and get some fresh air.
The animals understand how we humans think and do not hold a grudge if we cannot experience an at home transition. They will accept going to the vet for assistance to transition if their person chooses that method.
Sounds You May Hear
There will be times you might hear moaning, whimpering, crying. Their legs will move like they are running; this is the part of the process of releasing the energy so the soul can disconnect from the body. Their breathing will fluctuate from deep to shallow breaths and maybe fast pants. They will appear to be in a coma and will not hear you and then be awake, and lucid. They are disconnecting their soul from the body a little at a time.
The human ego mind tries to take over and fix what is happening, but recognize this is natural. If you follow your animals lead, things will progress much more smoothly. They will continue to urinate and defecate even after they have stopped eating and drinking.
There may be a time where it seems that they changed their mind, wake up, get up, or possibly eat and act like their old self. This usually will not last long; it happens because the energy has built up in their body and needs to be released. Stay very close to them should this happen, because we found it can stop just as fast as it began.
As the soul leaves the body the bladder & colon are released. Feces may be released when you lift them. Their body immediately begins to decompose, causing stiffness and odor. Before your animal gets to this stage, I encourage you to have a “what to do” plan in place. I recommend you have Animal Control’s phone number available to have them come for the body. If you plan to cremate them have someone be available to drive with you.
I hope this has helped you and I am sending you and your animal loving energy as you have your experience.
Blessings, Suzi ©2018