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Animals in Spirit: Our faithful companions' transition to the afterlife

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How do animals feel about crossing over? What do they communicate to us after they die? How can we contact animals in spirit? Losing an animal companion can be a painful experience, yet by examining their transition from a spiritual perspective, Animals in Spirit explores the process of dying from the viewpoints of animals and their people. Learn how animals choose their p ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Atria Books/Beyond Words
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Michelle Beber
Jul 10, 2016 Michelle Beber rated it it was amazing
Like "Animals and the Afterlife," this was another wonderful book that helped me deal with the loss of my beloved cat, Pookie. In addition to stories about people's connections with their animals in this life and the afterlife, the author shares many comforting words of her own.

As an "animal communicator" or medium, Penelope is able to communicate with animals. Because of that, she's able to provide insights on what the animals think about their illnesses and death. I like that the author talked
Jun 13, 2013 Owen rated it liked it
To be honest, some of the writing was hard to get through and a lot of it was repetitive. A good portion was either borrowed from other books or interviews. It got better in the end though. Overall, I think the concept of animal communication/ inter-species communication is interesting and this book was thought-provoking. Some of what Smith said included that humans have trouble letting animals cross over because of emotional attachment and that some animals appear as different types of animals ...more
Aug 11, 2008 J.A. rated it it was ok
I selected this book because I thought it was a self-help guide to surviving the loss of a pet. Had I known it was written by a "pet psychic", I would have passed. Some of the metaphysical concepts are presented well and are fairly standard for the field, but in my opinion, the dialogue that she presents from the animal spirits she contacts is preposterous. I don't think that animals in spirit communicate like dime-store philosophers who love to talk, but I could be wrong. All in all, it was a f ...more
Shay  Murphy
Jun 02, 2013 Shay Murphy rated it it was amazing
For me personally, this was a healing read. Depending upon your depth of spirituality (mine is pretty deep)it will prove to be very thought provoking and assuring at the same time. The book is filled with stories of animals who have crossed. The author is an animal communicator, so if you are closed to this possibility, this book is not for you. If you are open minded about the spirit world, believe animals enter there after their time here has ended, and have lost a pet, then this is the book f ...more
Gwendoline Van
Nov 26, 2013 Gwendoline Van rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who's ever lost a loved soul
Recommended to Gwendoline by: Sue Hopple
Animals in Spirit honors the powerful gift of love and compassion our animal companions teach us in life and as they transition to death. Smith allows for the tumult of grief all the while providing a framework within which to more completely understand and come to terms with the brevity of our animal loves' lives. This read soothes the grieving soul and reminds us of our interconnection and of the gifts we possess for ourselves and for each other. Truly, a heartfelt read for some of life's dark ...more
May 05, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it
I found this book very helpful. I wish I'd read it before my cat passed away instead of after. Whether you believe in all of the animal communication stories or not, it's still a very interesting book about how the spirits of our beloved animals look at death differently than we do. Without fear. As a necessary step to the next part of existence. This makes absolute sense and was a huge comfort.
Maureen Mullis
Jun 20, 2011 Maureen Mullis rated it it was amazing
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This is a lovely book. It was hard to read because of the emotions it evoked, but I'm so glad I did. Anyone who has lost an animal friend will learn a lot and be comforted by this book. It will give you insight and help you see the bigger picture, and the importance of animals in our lives.
This looks like a tear jerker, but then again, I always get all mushy reading about the passing of a loved one- be they human or furry companion.
Kelly Jacqueline
Feb 05, 2012 Kelly Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me feel much better about animals I've known who've passed on. They are still with me, in spirit.
Oct 24, 2015 Alisa rated it really liked it
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You have to be open-minded about spiritual things and animal communication for this book. For me, it was really helpful.
Sep 23, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Opened my mind about a sad time made me feel some hope that the life we shared together is not the end of the story.
Apr 26, 2010 Meg is currently reading it
This shows us how wise animals are and how they are aware of so much on a far deeper level than we realise.
May 04, 2014 Dawn rated it did not like it
Shelves: cats
Not that it isn't well written, it's just as a staunch atheist, I can't buy into this worldview.
Jan 02, 2014 Kathrine rated it really liked it
I like this book. great read for when you have a animal pass away.
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This was a very informative, and comforting, book on communicating telepathically with our animal companions both in life, and after death. The only thing I did not agree with is her take on reincarnation. I do not believe that animals can reincarnate as humans, or vice versa. I only believe in same species reincarnation. Beyond that, which was not a large part of the text, I enjoyed the book very much. I definitely believe we can connect with animals using our minds, and feel I have done so wit ...more
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Communicating with animals telepathically throughout her life, Penelope Smith discovered in 1971 that animals could be relieved of emotional traumas and other problems through the same counseling techniques that helped humans. Author of the popular classic books in the field, Animal Talk (first edition-1978), When Animals Speak, Animals in Spirit, many audio recordings, and editor of Species Link
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“Everybody is born so they can learn how to live a good life loving everybody and being nice. Animals already know how to do this, so they don’t have to stay as long.” 0 likes
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