What Happens to Animals When They Die?

An Animal’s Life After Death

A spiritualist explains what happens to animals when they die and gives some examples of pets’ spirits surviving death.

All life is one. The divine spirit animates all who share this planet and we have responsibilities towards each other. You cannot divide life into watertight, rigid compartments. All aspects of life, man and animal, must move forward together. The animal cannot be left while a man makes his evolutionary ascent-.-Silver Birch, the Indian Spirit guide, speaking through Maurice Barbanell

Sometimes, at night, my wife Jane sees the spirit of our dog William laying by the side of our bed. (In life, he was a very telepathic animal) He still comes back and visits her. I also have received hundreds of letters and e-mails from people asking if their pets have survived death, and from people who believe that they have seen their dead pet’s spirit.

Animals seem to know about death and in some cases seem to accept it. When William’s time came, the vet advised that he be put to sleep.

Animal Souls After Death

In my mediumistic work, I have often had cause to describe and name animals during public demonstrations or private sittings. Pets are often shown to me to add that little extra bit of evidence to the identity of the human spirit communicator. I have seen many people cry when they realize that their cherished pet is not lost forever, but will be there for them when they return to the spirit world.

It is my opinion that pets do survive death and continue to live with us in the spirit world. Let me illustrate this with an example that was quoted in a national British magazine after being confirmed by a journalist. I have changed the name to protect the woman’s identity:

A Dog’s Story

‘Traveling such a long way to see the medium Craig Hamilton-Parker felt a little odd. Particularly as I wanted to communicate with my little 10-year-old fox terrier dog, Pip, who died two years ago.” says Susan Lloyd.

spirit dog“I had no sense of Pip’s spirit when he died, which came as a shock. I’d always assumed his spirit would be around in some way that I’d be able to feel. So I worried that he was lost somewhere, looking for me but unable to reach me. For a long time I was very upset.

“I had also recently lost my good friend Dave. I sat with him as he died and he talked frankly with me about the next life. He also loved terriers and I told him how he would soon meet the dogs he’d lost in the afterlife.

“Dave’s death was the catalyst. I worried that I may have been wrong about the spirit dogs. I needed to know whether the things I’d said to Dave were true.

She was depressed…

“I said nothing to the medium about anything on my mind, but Craig told me all about Dave, his personality, the way he died, and how he had left a wife and three children.

“However, his main communicator was my friend Carol. Craig put his hands on his chest and said ‘Carol is telling me that when of her passing everything was falling apart. She gives me the feeling of suffocation. She was severely depressed and regrets to say that she took her own life.” I was amazed. Carol, who had been one of my oldest friends, had taken their life five years before and had confided in me about the black moods that haunted her.

“As Craig made the link he took on Carol’s mannerisms and posture. His voice and particularly his laugh sounded just like hers. Eventually, Craig said that Carol had an important message for me. ‘Carol says that she wants to bring forward your dog. He is white and has a distinctive black patch on his tail. I can’t hear his name but it has only three letters. She says it looks like the dog in a cartoon. Tin Tin perhaps?”

The Proof

‘This was the proof I was waiting for. I was a little worried because Carol didn’t like animals when she was alive. But Craig put my mind at rest: ‘Carol is happy because she is now safe. She wants you to know that your dog does not belong to her or to Dave. She brought him through because she knows how much you love him and vice versa. You have nothing to worry about concerning Pip.”

“I was able to drive back home with my mind at rest. I finally knew that Dave and Pip were safe and that Carol had at last found peace.”

Find out about what happens to animals when they die:


‘What to Do When You are Dead’ explores what happens after death and what happens to animals when they die. It is a powerful book that draws on near-death experiences, spiritual traditions as well as the medium’s direct experiences.

162 comments… add one
  • Paula Sep 15, 2019, 4:34 am

    I do believe animals are way betters beings than humans. They give unconditional love which is by far the best gift there is. I had to put to sleep my beautiful pitbull doggie Queen. She was 14 years old and even though in my heart I believe I did the right thing, I can’t stop overthinking if she is ok with my decision. I miss her terribly. Coming home is now a horrible thing and this makes me feel ungrateful because her energy is still home so I shouldn’t feel that way. Every day I tell her that I love her and miss her and I ask her to help me heal my broken heart. So far I haven’t experienced anything that would let me know she is happy wherever she is. I am grateful to be able to relate to all these people here sharing their story about their beloved companions and I hope someday this pain I feel transforms into a different and more positive feeling.

  • Sarah Aug 26, 2019, 11:40 pm

    On Saturday night my mum’s cat Masie was rushed to the vets her breathing was bad and making noise I felt I hope not in pain or suffering. My mum was told Masie had cancer lump behind her eye still this came as a shock. Just as we walked into vets we were told she had died. Both heartbroken as my mum had her for 12 and a half years. Her brother Alfie remains he keeps going to my mum a lot. I think he does know something has happened to Masie. Masie is in the cold room her body getting ashes to put in my mums garden. Not stopped crying feel the pain of losing her. I lost my dad to cancer in 2008 and both Alfie and Masie were there.

  • Diane Aug 12, 2019, 6:19 pm

    Lost my boy about a week ago, he was just shy of his 9th birthday. He was such a beautiful dog, a boxer/shepherd mix. He had a rough battle with cancer. A couple of days after his passing, I was crying and looking outside in the backyard where he used to run and play on happier days. All of a sudden I saw a yellow and black butterfly appear and I just knew in my heart it was him. Every time I get sad, I look outside and that butterfly appears right on queue. I feel in my heart it’s his spirit letting me know he’s pain-free, and also still around all of us. Still watching and protecting. It’s been such a beautiful experience.

  • Sandra Gonzalez Jun 22, 2019, 1:06 am

    I just lost (as I called him,) my handsome boy Cash. He’s been my constant companion for 20 years. I know he had a long beautiful happy life with me. I selfishly thought he’d be with me forever and never gave a thought to him leaving me. I’m happy he didn’t get sick, old age took him. A part of my heart went with him. I miss him so very much. I only hope that he’s young again in heaven and I look forward to playing with him again. If there was ever a great pet he was the best.

  • Hieda Jun 12, 2019, 8:12 am

    What happens to the animals that are slaughtered for human consumption? Do their souls become a part of ours? I’m a vegetarian (mostly vegan) and I cant stop wondering what these animals are going through and what happens to them in the after life? I can’t imagine that they’re numb to their existence in the physical world they’re sharing with us before they meet their God forsaken fate?

    • Julie Keaton Jul 7, 2019, 10:54 am

      I wonder too of what becomes of the slaughtered animals when they die. That’s why I looked up this question. I believe they are just as important as humans and dogs. Pigs, cows, sheep, fish, chickens all have a soul. Why would one have an afterlife and not the other? What I can’t understand is why they would want to reincarnate into this wicked world where people torture, kill and eat them.

      • Jim Henry Aug 20, 2019, 9:13 pm

        That’s a really good question. What must they think. They lived their lives happy on the land and then they are separated and slaughtered in meat plants?

  • Sonia May 21, 2019, 5:54 pm

    I had to put my pet Remy to sleep on the 10th of May 2019. He passed away in my arms, at home. He was 14 years old, was suffering from a brain tumor. I miss him so much had him since he was 6 weeks old. I feel he’s with me in spirit when I have my breakdowns all of a sudden I feel as if he’s with me and feel calm at heart. I believe your pet can be with you even when they passed away. I feel it.

    • Sophie Jul 19, 2019, 1:08 pm

      Hi Sonia,

      Sending much love to you. My beautiful cocker spaniel was put to sleep yesterday aged 11 because of a horrible nasal tumor behind his eye. I am beside myself so I know how you feel. It’s lovely to hear that you feel Remy with you and gives me hope too.


  • EVANGELINE M ONEAL May 19, 2019, 5:22 pm

    A few months ago I lost my beautiful pit bull. God, I love her and miss her so much. She was a rescue. I named her Molly McGee. She shared my life from the time she was approx 3 months to right at 17 years. I pray for her soul every night the same as I do for the humans I’ve lost. I pray that Molly McGee knows what she meant to me here on earth. My grandson buried her in the front yard under the huge cedar tree. I wanted to keep her close to me. She was undoubtedly the best furbaby who I shared my life here on earth with. Don’t leave without me, Molly McGee! ❤

    • Sandra Gonzalez Jun 22, 2019, 1:11 am

      I too had a pet named Molly, a boxer. I woke to find she’d passed in her sleep. She was only 9. Finding her was a shock to me and thinking of burying her or leaving her with her vet was too upsetting. I had her cremated so I could have her with me always.

    • Paula Sep 15, 2019, 5:45 pm

      Dear Evangeline
      I just lost my pitbull doggie. She was 14 years old and I miss her terribly. I’m sorry about your loss. I can relate to you the most since we loved the same breed so much and were fortunate enough to experience so many beautiful moments for so many years with our beloved dogs. I hope your pain has transformed into a different feeling and you are doing much better. I don’t see the end of my pain any time soon. If you ever read this, it would mean a lot if you could respond.

  • Kitty saviour May 18, 2019, 10:09 am

    The article is great. Hope I’ve given enough to my little stray Zia who I fed every day with love and played with her. Hope my love evolve her to higher consciousness.

  • Sylvia Grace May 13, 2019, 10:47 am

    As I write, my 15-year-old cat named Oliver is dying. I’m waiting for the vet to come and euthanize him. This is so heartbreaking! He has been my best little friend since he was a kitten and his loss is tearing me apart. Can anyone give me hope that Ollie will transcend the physical body to a Spirit life? I’ve lost other pets too but none of them has come back to let me know they are still alive in Spirit. I hope and pray that Oliver will be able to reach me beyond the view. The thought of losing him is unbearable.

  • Denise Jan 25, 2019, 12:53 am

    Praying for you and your pup.

  • Darlene Jan 6, 2019, 3:54 am

    I have a question, are you able to see a pet that no longer “belongs” to you in this life, in the next? I “had” a horse who I love very much but unfortunately had to sell, he was only with me for a year but I honestly can say he was my soul mate. I know many people see their pets again but because he wasn’t with me long and still has his whole life ahead of him. I’m just curious. He was only 2 when he came will probably be 4 or 5 now xx

  • Noel Cliffford Dec 30, 2018, 10:31 pm

    He was so happy and so independent, I got the feeling he was an architect-builder cat or supervisor, checking my work, isn’t that stupid….he didn’t like getting picked up.

  • Noel Cliffford Dec 30, 2018, 10:27 pm

    I called out my cat, Charley, aka Alfie, no sign, I felt a bit uneasy as not seen for a few hours, I went down the entry and along the road and a group of some women was assembled, my beautiful Charley cat was dead on the pavement, its horrible, I feel like I want to end it. Charley cat was just getting to know us, after 7 months, he only 9 months old. I just could not believe my eyes. I just don’t know if I can believe in anything good now or ever. My Charley. Gone. Stone dead. He had 20 more years maybe. I half expected he would be with me in my 70’s. I am so sad.

  • Linda Nov 24, 2018, 6:21 am

    I’m sure Samson felt the love you had for him and knew it in his life with you and carries it with him till you reunite. Love never ceases. I wish all animals had such a loving home.

  • Dolores Nov 17, 2018, 12:20 am

    Hi Suzanne, I had to have my beloved pup Meiko put to sleep on November 15, 2018, due to a cancerous growth in his abdomen. My heart is broken too and I can tell you I know exactly how you feel. I don’t know if you believe in seeing your pet after death, but I have already caught my Meiko out of the corner of my eye and I heard my half door moving where he used to look for some of my food. Our last meal together was fish and he loved it. I am sending you my hopes that he will visit you soon! This is so very difficult to go through. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers…you are not alone. From the Heart, Dolores

  • Suzanne J Webster Nov 6, 2018, 12:27 am

    We lost our sweet Sam in October. We had to help him over the rainbow. My husband and I have no children, he was our everything. Went everywhere with us. Our hearts are broken. Our home is so quiet. I thought I was going crazy because I could not bear the thought of never seeing him again. I sit and cry and wonder about him and hope I did everything right.

  • Charity M Brand Nov 5, 2018, 1:34 am

    I recently lost my amazingly loyal and sweet cat, Deegie, to cancer. I asked him to come back to me in another kitty in the future as he was on the vets’ table ready to be euthanized. Do you think that his soul heard me? That this is possible? He and I went through so much together. The love he had for me and how much I felt that he needed me kept me going when there was a period in my life in which I did not want to live and part of me wished that I could have gone with him when he got so ill and his time came. I am very sad without his presence. I wish I could have some sort of sign from him now.

  • Cecilia Oct 17, 2018, 3:07 pm

    Thanks for your lovely post. It is such a comfort to know this. I have not had a sense that my old Jed is around me since he passed 4 weeks ago, but my grief has evaporated very unexpectedly. We were very close and he was very old. And like your girl, he was an exceptionally reserved and fine creature to be with – we learned so much together and usually in silence with just looks and feelings. Blessings to you too, x

  • Sylvia Sep 30, 2018, 9:08 pm

    I have heard that there are special healing areas for animals who have been hurt and abused; and for those who have been given no love. And that there is a specialist Team to help those who have had extremely painful lives and passings. There may well be a number of these “teams”.

  • Sylvia Sep 30, 2018, 9:03 pm

    The grace and beautiful Soul-state of my own dog in Spirit makes me re-think the concept that humans are higher on the ladder of evolution than some animals! I think that is up to the individual Soul, no matter what species. All Souls are at different levels of development. But I did also sense that my dog came with a distinct purpose to help, befriend, and teach me about life, death, and Spirit. She was the only one who managed to in over 50 years of my life.
    We were a team and worked with each other. I feel we still are and still will be when I too pass over.

  • Sylvia Sep 30, 2018, 8:57 pm

    Please don’t worry. My own dog who passed in 2012 has shown me she is aware, conscious, happy and loves me very much. She came back to me many times to show me that. She is able to be with me sometimes, wherever I am. Distance and “place” (on Earth) doesn’t mean much to her. She has shown me she’s not attached to her old bones which are buried in the garden! Your dog’s Soul will be with you, not the place where his bones lie! Blessings to his Soul and to you.

    • Anne Dec 22, 2018, 11:26 pm

      I am trying so hard to believe in this. I just lost my best friend in the entire world on Sunday in a tragic accident due to my oversight and negligence. We spent every second of the day and night together aside from when I was at work and never in my life have I felt so much pain and guilt. This has rattled my faith completely. Was there anything you did to allow her to visit you and when she did visit how did you know?

      • Sheilah Feb 21, 2019, 7:18 am

        I did the exact same thing and one bad decision/oversight cut my pet’s life short. What it cost me is he doesn’t get to live the rest of his life that he had (and with me) because of me, and we had a beautiful existence together. However, even though I blew it , what we had was too wonderful to carry it and not forgive it. When you love someone as much as I loved this pet? One screw up doesn’t tarnish the rest of that relationship or the life you had together. Because, the one day THAT happened; all the other days, defeat that one day. Of this much I know: My pet forgives me because that’s how much he loved me and that’s how much I loved him. I know this is true for you also. Pets do absolutely forgive you in death, the way they would in life. They only remember and take with them, love.

  • Sally Sep 21, 2018, 10:53 am

    Thank you for your post, so helpful when you’re feeling low .. we just lost our darling dog yesterday and I have found reading your post uplifting, thank you

  • Sally Sep 21, 2018, 10:43 am

    Thank you for telling your story, it has been very helpful, we had to have our beloved dog put to sleep yesterday and it’s just awful, the aftermath and the emptiness. I have kind of felt her here by my leg and wondered about whether that’s right it’s certainly comforting. I do hope that pets can still connect spiritually with their loving families so do hope it’s true.

  • jan Sep 18, 2018, 1:40 pm

    I’ve just had my beautiful dog Sasha put down yesterday she was 17yrs. I’m absolutely heartbroken can you please advice how to get through this grieving process. I miss her so much.

  • Mariza Hughes Sep 1, 2018, 12:21 pm

    Five days ago I lost my beautiful Sphinx cat, Kevin, he was 15 and had a massive stroke followed by a fit I rushed to the vets for the inevitable. Then left him there to be cremated, but I couldn’t rest so brought him home on Wednesday so I could wash him and say goodbye properly, also his younger brother needed to see him. He is now at the vet’s in the fridge waiting to be cremated next week, I am in bits. I can’t eat, barely sleep and can not concentrate on anything, I just need to know that he is at peace, happy in Heaven and that I will be with him again one day. Heartbroken.

  • Anthony Aug 28, 2018, 8:03 pm

    Had to put my beautiful 17-year-old cat Samson to sleep yesterday August 27, 2018, 1:50 p.m. He was five had hyperthyroid seizures never could gain weight skinny body but ate every day until he took a turn for the worst when knew it was time he was suffering. He was given to use over 10 years ago and has given us nothing but tremendous love and support. He was always there when I was sick or my wife lost her mother. Every day of his life I and my wife poured everlasting love to him sing to him tell him we love him very much and God loves him we have no children so he was our child now I sit here in an empty house quit no Samson walking around no meows were Herat broken. I feel empty inside I lost my friend, my baby, my son please show me a sign you are alright. I always worried about his well being ever since he came into our lives I fill a void in my heart. When my last day comes on this earth I hope I see you again we love and miss you very very much Samson our baby kitty.

  • Lena Aug 26, 2018, 9:57 am

    Thank you for hope, my lovely cat Tiger died yesterday and I feel really sad, he was always there when I was feeling down and I miss him so much, just buried his body.

  • Carrie leung Aug 20, 2018, 7:41 am

    They followed us, not the place. My friend’s two cats passed away twenty years ago in Scotland, visited and still visit her in different countries (for her jobs ) my cat that passed away 18 months ago did show me what she wanted in the new house.

  • Neil Aug 8, 2018, 6:00 pm

    In the past 5 weeks I have lost not one but both of the family Patterdale terriers, leaving both the house empty and our hearts broken. Rosie at 10 years old had to be euthanized on the operating table after the last ditch effort to save her revealed incurable pancreatic cancer. Then my beloved Daisy who was a huge part of my life and who had been a surrogate mum to Rosie died due to diabetes and a failing liver at the age of 12. She was euthanized as well so that she was out of any pain as quickly as was possible and I stayed with her to the very end. I’ve received signs of smell and noise from both dogs while my mum has felt them brush past her legs in the kitchen. The souls of animals move on just as we do and I hope that I will receive more signs from my beautiful Daisy in the future. I will love you forever Daisy – I hope that Rosie has also found you and that you are together once again on the other side x

  • G May 29, 2018, 3:53 pm

    I am not sure if you will read this. I have a weird question and I hope you don’t mind me asking. My cousin went to a medium – who knew my parents would be moving out of their house of 30 years. The medium mentioned about my family leaving someone behind, she was referring to our beloved dog who is buried in the backyard. Of course, now that my parents are moving out this week I am distraught! I can’t bear to think of my beloved pet in a house looking for us around our old home thinking we left him behind. I do not want to leave him behind in the spirit realm there. Do passed animals follow the family? He had a good life and loved us dearly. I just can’t bear to think of him stuck in my old house and I only have this week to do something about it. Any help on what to do would be greatly appreciated! Thank you

  • Zero Dec 15, 2017, 8:46 pm

    I too wanted those who’re alive to incinerate the both of us and pour our mixed ashes into the wind but unfortunately where I live there are no incinerators for pets and incineration isn’t allowed for those who are tagged with my religion … long story short, my case seems pretty grim and I feel trapped from every corner, I can just hope to receive a sign ANY sign from her and that I soon get to see her again …

    • Bill Aug 7, 2018, 3:46 am

      Not to worry. After you transcend, what happens to your physical body is only important to those on this side. Like a car that takes you somewhere, this body is your vessel for the journey. The body that rises for you will be a spiritual, just like your pet. Did you think our creator would create you only to spend your eternity missing your loved ones? Until you reunite, safe journeys to you.

  • Zero Dec 15, 2017, 8:16 pm

    Similar case to mine … I lost my 13-year-old cat master to an acute attack of CKD. I too planned on ending myself with her whenever she went yet due to some ‘unusual’ signs I’m still here, still impatient to end it and go find her hopefully … I haven’t received anything but a vague dream from her plus sound of her footsteps (but those can easily be the fabrications of my desperate grieving mind). I hope they won’t leave us here and that we’d be reunited with them once we go. From what I read, their souls are more ‘free’ than humans so personally I’d say if Mitzy was having a hard time being ‘down’ here she could easily go around. Just enjoy her presence now that you’re lucky enough to get plenty of signs of her being with you.

  • Nancy & Jim Sep 29, 2017, 1:45 am

    THANK YOU SO VERY DEEPLY for this post. We had to have our 14 year old doggy Shadow euthanized today at 4:20 pm. She was like a baby to us. The return home was difficult and feeling of emptiness. Mourning on and off with memories is still difficult, however, when we read your post we both experienced a Spiritual Calm. I pray she’ll show us at least once she Is at Peace and out of pain. Yes, true, and we will meet her again. We truly believe this.

  • Paula Aug 9, 2017, 5:21 pm

    I recently had to have my 16 year old dog put to sleep. He could not get up any longer and I knew he was ready to get his angel wings. He was a large dog and gave us all he had. He was my best friend. His unconditional love gave us so much happiness and love. The last week of his life he kept looking to the northeast sky like he was in a trance and at peace. I truly feel like his spirit is still with me. Plan on seeing him again someday at the rainbow bridge. Love and miss him so much

  • Wiser Than You Jun 2, 2017, 4:31 am

    “It is only when an animal becomes self-aware that its soul continues after death and starts the long process of climbing the evolutionary ladder towards human and angelic consciousness. For many animals, this journey starts if it receives love from a human. In particular, pets and domestic animals gain a sense of identity because of prolonged exposure to humans. Our consciousness ‘rubs off’ on them, so to speak, causing them to forsake much of their instinctive nature and start to develop free will.”

    No. This is wrong. Animal souls are far more advanced than human souls. They come to Earth to help us be better and evolve. It is self-serving and really quite offensive to think humans are so far up the ladder. Just look around.

    • Megan Apr 6, 2018, 8:56 pm

      I completely agree with your statement. Animals are always mindful, always living in the moment. Something us ‘advanced’ humans often forget. They understand that they are love, and that love is everything. Another thing the human species is disconnected from. Animals are truly at the top of the evolutionary ladder, way above us.

  • Micah Feb 19, 2017, 10:47 pm

    My boyfriend took home a staving, malnourished, stray dog whose nose was hit by a car. My boyfriend isn’t that type of a man who goes to doctors when he’s sick as he believes a human body has the natural power to heal itself (long as the sickness is natural, not some man-made type. He also had a bad experience with vets when one day his confined cat was left unattended…

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 20, 2017, 12:26 pm

      We now have a special Animal and Pet forum for this sort of question about animals: http://psychics.co.uk/chat.html

    • Mercy Jan 25, 2018, 7:58 pm

      Not to worry, Micah. All beings have souls. That is why we have chakras. They are the glue to the body. Your boyfriend is very spiritual. The only thing is learning to have patience. We will see all our loved ones when it’s our time to go. Don’t be surprised if your pets receive you first on the other side.
      Psychologist, medium and shaman.

      • Jeff Mar 23, 2018, 10:11 pm

        Yes, I know without a doubt that all livings things have a personal essence. My passed beloved Terrier’s essence might sleep sometimes, stay alone sometimes, think on different things/conditions/feelings etc. by herself, but her memories in me are living things. One day my soul will meet her more often, more joyful, especially/probably when I also pass to the next life where she is now. Peace just happens at times forever.

  • anchoret Dec 4, 2016, 11:54 pm

    Loved the article. Just lost our cat, she was run over scampering across the road – she was only 8 weeks and it just seems so unfair. Not sure we should ever have another animal.

  • Chris Oct 30, 2016, 9:38 am

    My pet Rabbit died suddenly yesterday at only 4 years old at it has hit me more then the death of friends or grandparents as he seemed like my indoor house mate….I just wish like my dead grandparents, friends , cats and dogs that I see him again.

    • Debbie Feb 14, 2017, 7:34 pm

      Hi Chris – you must be a very special human being. We lost our beloved house rabbit Barry only last Saturday. The pain is huge and the space he has left is immense. Anybody who says ‘it’s just a rabbit’ has obviously never loved a rabbit. Hope you are slowly coming to terms with your loss and yes I am sure that you will meet again over the rainbow bridge.

  • Anushree B Oct 25, 2016, 10:07 am

    Hello Craig. Beautiful article, these are wonderful insights into what happens after losing a beloved furry family member. Where I live, in India, we have many strays who coexist with us. They are a part of life and there are many animal lovers who tend to them. While most of them are able to get by, but these days especially, there have been a lot of cases of brutal cases where unspeakable, intentional cruelty is meted out to these innocents, especially dogs & cats. I wonder if they also make it to a better place after they pass on, even when their passing is so full of suffering?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Oct 26, 2016, 3:51 pm

      There is an eternal progress to the soul. The next life is not a permanent home for any of us though. I expect some of your animal friends may get a chance to take human birth in the times to come.

  • Michael Aug 2, 2016, 10:21 pm

    I am just looking for answers to an occurrence that has happened on numerous occasions since the passing of my beloved companion whom I was blessed to have had for 16 years. Mitzy was a beautiful little Pekingese, she passed away in my arms on good Friday last year.I had her cremated and cherish her little urn of ashes, and regularly light a candle for her. She was the love of my life and I had intentions of ending my life when she passed away, and had told my family that I wanted our ashes combined in one urn to be together forever. When she passed I had an amazing strength to live on. Since her passing I have had a feeling and heard things that I have felt are paranormal activity. One event that has continued is a noticeable presence during the night, where I have had a familiar feeling on my bed where I have felt the same feeling I used to get when my little girl would move from sleeping at my feet to moving up the bed and lying up snuggled into me. I am wondering if she has stayed around to make sure I am OK and comfort me. If this is the case, is it unfair to have her staying with me in this life, and do I need to let her move over to the other side in peace. I would greatly appreciate your opinion, and any advice you may…

  • Renee Jul 19, 2016, 8:31 pm

    My beloved dog passed away three days ago at the age of 16 months old. We buried him behind our bedroom window in a beautiful grave. I have been going out there a couple of times a day to sit and talk to him. I was absolutely taken by my dog. He was my baby. I was wondering if he can hear me talk to him? I’m still grieving over his passing and have been crying since he passed. I would appreciate feedback if you think he does hear me.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 5, 2016, 10:49 am

      Renee – yes spirit animals are aware of you. we cannot give proof of this on a comment string but we do have free demonstrations of mediumship happening on this site. See the events page.

    • Sid Aug 14, 2016, 10:42 pm

      Hey Renee, I’m so so sorry that you had to lose your beloved puppy. I too lost mine. He was barely 11 months old and our family is shattered after he is gone. I know no other dog or anyone can fill his place. I too have buried him in our front law so that we can stay close to him every time. I don’t know if both of our dogs can hear or see us, but I do know that they would have been really sad after watching us sad. So don’t cry or feel sad, be happy and remember him every single day of your life. Pass on his memories to your children and further. In that way he can be alive in all of our hearts.

  • david frahlman Jun 10, 2016, 6:24 pm

    I believe that pets you have, and love have spirits. I know it is only a comfort to the people who are grieving, but I believe this to be true. When a beloved pet dies and you are going through the grieving process that their spirit stays with you as a comfort to you, letting you know they are fine. No longer in pain and no longer suffering. They are OK and they are there for you as long as necessary. If you have to put them down they do not hold this against you, that they know you were only doing what is best for them. Please, as hard as it is, let them go. Do not prolong their suffering because you feel you can’t let them go. They will thank you for this. I do not know what happens to their spirit once you are willing to let them go completely. I do believe they will come back to you whenever necessary. I do not believe they disappear forever.

  • Vicki Jun 3, 2016, 9:17 pm

    June 1 my 16.5 year old Yorkie Drowned in back yard pool. I am feeling guilty for having left her in backyard, I was sick on antibiotics with bad cough. I had a momentary lapse in good judgement should have never left her with unsteady gait and diminishing eyesite. She was a very happy dog not ready yet to pass on, if I took my other dog for a walk she would greet us at the door kissing her sister dog on the mouth and galloping after her. My other dog looks for her now daily but we are both mourning our loss it happened Wednesday, it is now Friday.

  • Rachael May 7, 2016, 9:59 pm

    I have put my 20 year old pet to sleep today. She was the best little doggie in the world and so deeply loved she was so special she always had happy sparkling eyes that would just melt your heart (I am not the only person that has said this about her) she always looked a lot older than she actually was we got her as a rescued dog. My heart is broken. I cant stop crying. I hope and I pray that one day I will be reunited with my precious baby again. I felt her presence on my walk today. We grew up together. Love and miss her always.

    • david frahlman Jun 10, 2016, 6:39 pm

      Please accept my sympathies for your loss. We just lost our LE Mae 2 days ago. She was sick and we made the hard decision to let her go. She died in my arms on the way to have her put down. Our hearts are breaking but we did what was right. We have to put our own feelings aside and do what is best. Her spirit will never leave you as long as you are thinking of her. Don’t let anybody tell you to just let it go because you can’t.

      • Lorraine Jul 17, 2016, 8:19 am

        So very sorry for you. I lost my little girl doggie today and an heartbroken looking here for some comfort. She was 17 and just like a little person to me, and she was so dependent on me, I pray she is okay. It is never easy, we all love them and suffer together I suppose.

      • Kimberly WALKER Jul 30, 2016, 6:26 pm

        We just lost our son TEDDY BEAR walker died two days before my birthday he was not just a dog he was our son RIP my sweet son he was 2 years old born June 16th 2014 died July 20th 2016 we do not no why we think it was poison but we cannot prove it. We think TEDDY BEAR walker lives on through his sister spot we have had teddy bear walker since the day he was born in this house he will be missed by all of us we will never ever for get the good times we have had in this house. So I hope some one can tell how my sweet son teddy bear walker died and by whom thank you

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 5, 2016, 10:52 am

          As explained earlier, we cannot offer clairvoyance via a comments string or on our forums. We do offer free clairvoyance demonstrations in our chat room or in our Skype events. See the site’s psychic events pages for details.

          • Rach Aug 17, 2016, 10:03 pm

            I have seen my dog twice since she has died I have seen her in the back garden looking at me ( I know what I saw) her head was peaking out. I have also seen a reflection of her in the window. Also one night I was heading to bed and I turned off the lights all of sudden I seen the round red thing floating around I just kept looking at it floating around I believe that was an orb any idea what the could have meant? I have asked my dog to show me signs before she died and she so showed me plenty of signs I feel so lucky 🙂 I still miss her so bloody much though. Another day I was out in my back garden having a smoke and on my phone could have sworn I seen her reflection and took a pic and there I could see her face in the picture. I will leave you with the picture, What do you think?


  • preston Apr 25, 2016, 4:39 am

    My sweet baby named Cow Kitty (due to her exquisite patterns that reminded he whole family of a little baby cow) passed away this Friday due to lung cancer. She was only 6 years old. I’m just a complete mess. She meant the world to me and was my BEST friend in the world. I hope soon she shows me a sign she is okay and knows how much I loved her. The day she passed away I had not spoken to her because I was going to get some work done in town and didn’t have much time. I feel so guilty. I just wasn’t thinking and forgot to greet her and give her some attention and love.. she will live on forever in my heart and I won’t forget about her. (Here’s a photo of her: http://s31.postimg.org/j41oz4tq3/image.jpg)

  • cam Apr 13, 2016, 1:09 pm

    I’m sitting over my beautiful handsome boy right now on which could be his last night with me. He’s a 14 yr old staffy and he means the world to I’m playing Elliott Smith an artist that I’ve played while we sleep almost every night, and if he makes it then tomorrow morning he’s getting some more tests done. I dream regularly and the only nightmares I have are when I lose him in a dream or he dies in a dream. I feel quite confidant of an afterlife but I get scared he’ll get lost without me and even more scared that I’ll never see him again I guess there would be no point to living if we knew all the answers but I feel like that lingering question of “what if” is going to torture me for the rest of my life. I only hope one of my best mates who passed away last year will be there waiting for him when he slips into the light.

  • Audrey Mar 24, 2016, 1:45 pm

    Two years ago I picked up the most precious beautiful copper husky. He had the best personality ever. He was hit by a car 3 days ago. He was gone way to soon. I had him since 7 weeks old. He was the absolute best goofiest dog that impacted so many lives. I hurt so bad, the pain is unbearable. Life without him is so quiet and empty. I’m trying to stay strong for Luna, his soul mate, who had witnessed his death. She is in as much grief as we are. Rip Capone. I truly hope you will reincarnate and be with me soon. I miss you so much. Last night before bed I asked to have a dream of you, and I did. Does this mean you are still communicating with me? Just know I will always love and think of you. I miss you so so much Beary.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 7, 2016, 11:44 am

      There are many documented cases of people who have been given proof of survival through dreams. If human’s can communicate in this way, then so can cherished animals.

      • Mariana May 27, 2016, 5:19 am

        I have a question, I’m about to put my dog to sleep (she means the world to me) I don’t want her to get lost in the afterlife but I want her to be prepared, what is keeping me from doing the hardest part is that I don’t know who’s going to take care of her and I worry if she will be alright. I want to believe that her soul won’t separate from me. I want to give her something she can take to the afterlife world that reminds her of me kind of an amulet. Is that possible?

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 1, 2016, 2:12 pm

          Spiritualists believe that love connects people and animals in the next life. It brings people to one another so she will not get lost or be unable to find you in the future. An amulet is not necessary though of course you can put something symbolic with her to represent your bond if it gives you comfort.

  • Sylvia Mar 21, 2016, 5:55 am

    Thank you very much Craig, for this blog. I know what you have said will help many people grieving the loss of their animal companions. I know for a sure fact, through communications with my own dog that they live after ‘death’. My girl showed me. You are right that it is the thread of Love which can help us to keep in touch with their spirit-selves in our hearts. We should trust in that love. My dog appears to have a strong ability to communicate and pass between the spirit world and this one. Not all of them have this ability as easily. But they ALL sense the love we send to them.
    My Misty would like me to pass these things on to those who grieve: She was happy to be released from her body…she was vibrant, happy, and had no trace of her illness once she crossed over…the love in her was even more concentrated and magnified when in her spirit-self…that there is a joy in her, and she has not forgotten the funny things we did and shared when she was on Earth…that she certainly has not forgotten the love we share!…and that she is very happy.
    She attunes with love to me every so often, and I sense her by a wonderful joyful emotion which has her character about it. It transfers a great sense of peace and ‘all is well’…

  • LYNDA Mar 20, 2016, 9:22 pm

    So young. Like me my beautiful baby boy, a beautiful 7 month old kitten, so full of life, but you could not control him. I work at an animal shelter, have years experience with animals, but when I took this kitten on I know I would not have him long. Called him Arinie and I loved him so much. So full of life, had him on a lead, did everything I could to teach him road sense. But still every time I looked at him I just new I would not have him long. He got run over. He lived 7 years in his seven months. I could not get him buried, I had him cremated. I just loved the little guy and I know he will come back to me. I will pick him out among 100’s of kittens, the life and love in his eyes. Never have I seen so much life in eyes before.

  • Mary Jo Mar 14, 2016, 7:05 pm

    I just want to let you know and reassure you that your pets that have passed are truly with you in spirit. I lost my beloved cat Daisy we had such a strong bond. I lost her on Jan 30th, 2016 and I was wondering if I will at least hear her or feel her presence again, i worried that she was lost and scared in the after life. Last week now in March on Saturday I was feeling really depressed because i missed her so much and before I go to bed every night I have to look at her pictures or see a video of her. While I was lying there on my side I HEARD so vividly a purr right by my left ear. My heart stopped because I knew it was her, she was trying to tell me that she really is okay and happy and that I shouldn’t worry about her. I whispered to her “I love you Daisy”.

  • Mikaela Feb 24, 2016, 12:23 pm

    I hope this is true my English bulldog just passed away two days ago not even one yet so sad.

    • Mary Jo Mar 14, 2016, 7:09 pm

      Give it time Mikaela, I think when you are intuned with your surroundings and you least expect it you will feel you dog’s presence again or hear him/she. Have faith they are in a good place and they will come visit you when you are in your lowest.

  • Zaraah Arif Jan 26, 2016, 4:11 pm

    We have spiritual people here called peers or Sufis (Sufism) They have supernatural powers and psychic powers but i don’t like going to them. I found you interesting Mr Parker. Maybe you can feel a person who communicates with you? That’s why I assumed you could perhaps see my cat Simba.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 26, 2016, 5:38 pm

      I don’t pick up spirit messages via forums and comment threads and we do not allow psychic messages here. I do sometimes demonstrate in our chat rooms.

      • MaryEllen Apr 30, 2016, 3:04 pm

        I live in the U.S. and wanted to know about the chat room you speak of. My cat Sir Last Chancelot crossed recently and I need solace. Thank you for your reply. I’m devastated.

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker May 1, 2016, 9:25 am

          The chat rooms and messazge forums are here

  • Zaraah Arif Jan 25, 2016, 5:02 pm

    Thanks for your advice Mr Parker, suggesting that I should visit a spiritualist church…I live in a Muslim country but we do have a christian minority living here with churches, but i am not sure if its feasible to walk into a church and ask for a spiritualist person there! And inquire about my dead cat! Is it not possible for you to see my cat Simba, golden fluffy mixed breed, then email me that he is happy! I do believe that animals go straight to heaven since they are not judged!

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 25, 2016, 5:10 pm

      Spiritualism is not a Christian religion – they believe themselves to be a universal religion open to all faiths. Visiting a traditional Christian Church will not put you in touch with mediums. Making a communication with animals is not something that could be done by email. Take a look in our free chat rooms – we have a few mediums working there for free and demonstrating mediumship as we would do in Spiritualist Church. You may get the proof you need.

  • Zaraah Arif Jan 21, 2016, 6:01 pm

    It has been six months since my male cat Simba passed away from this world into the next. I have waited to see him in this world but my wait has been in vain. I so wanted to see him one more time…happy and healthy…why didn’t his spirit come to me?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 25, 2016, 4:51 pm

      To see human or animal spirits you need to have some psychic ability. Why not visit a Spiritualist Church where you may get a message from a medium that may give you proof of survival.

  • Caroline Jan 14, 2016, 10:04 am

    We lost our beloved German Shepard three days ago and we are so heartbroken, his hips had gotten so bad that the vet said it would be kinder to put him to sleep. My partner decided this was the right thing to do but I wanted to nurse him at home, selfish I suppose. We miss him so much but feel he is still here with us, don’t know if we are imagining it but would love to know, he will always be in our hearts

  • fran Jan 10, 2016, 4:28 pm

    My little dog died, and I read many stories of how they come back reincarnate, some in days after a pet has died some longer, and the owner always knows some how it is the spirit of there pet back in their fur suit. We need guidance how to track the spirit coming in the fur suit.

  • shikira Dec 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

    Transcendence I believe, souls can arrive far out into the many minefield world-gone galaxies, not just the immediate one we understand and have religious terms to describe ‘Heaven’ and ‘spiritual earth’ – not all afterlife can possibly exist in and around our immediate earth or even local space.

    As a highly perceptive person even though not a psychic or medium, the reason that my pet Guinea piggy never came to see me after her going, meant that she had to be someplace a lot further than ‘heaven’ and our ‘spiritual earth planes’. It occurred to me that even sentient beings such as animals, must have place, soul and purpose beyond our immediate world we assume we all must belong.

    No priest, vet, space scientist or metaphysics philosopher can say if what we can’t see in the distant galaxies really and truly exists; how far away the earth is from the rest of these distant light-year solar plex systems; where they start and end. Perceptive humans will know that whatever inner-soul we are trying to find impossible explanation of its existence, must have place and purpose not only on earth and skies, yet among the vast array and distance of space as a whole – we are all part and parcel, not just in the physical sense…

  • Alvaro Dec 18, 2015, 12:23 am

    My cat was 1/12 years old when he passed away from kidney failure. And other health issues which were not really explained but understandable. I have him in mind everyday and love him every second. I know he loves me back can’t wait to see you or any of that nature. As long as you are happy I’m happy. R.I.P kitty Love Daddy/Best Friend.

  • Carlene Golightly Oct 23, 2015, 8:47 am

    Hi Craig. Our 2 yr old Lakeland cross has started avoiding areas within our kitchen and hallway to front door, she looks so scared and scurries away. We lost our 12 yr old fox terrier Molly over 2 yrs ago and she used to look at the hallway as if she was looking at something and growling. Poppy is a lovely gentle playful nature. She always looked to hallway but now her tail goes down in the kitchen, where her food bowl is, and will not even eat her food I need to move the bowl, she steers clear of some areas and creeps to get her ball. I am thinking of getting a medium friend over to see if he can pick up anything. For the first time last night she sat on our bed and then was scared and acting same as in kitchen very peculiar. Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Where are you based Craig? Would be interested in having a reading.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Oct 26, 2015, 11:46 am

      I’m based in Eastleigh but not taking private consultations at the moment. Sorry. Sometimes do readings by phone – see the reading section for details.

      • tracy morley Nov 22, 2015, 8:18 pm

        I had my dog put down on Tuesday. We sat in the dining room to eat and I had my feet under the table. I felt something cold lick on my foot. I was screamed. I like to think it was the spirit of my dog.

  • Alexandra Oct 3, 2015, 1:30 pm

    My dog passed away last week due to his kidneys failing and he was only 3 years old. Ever since his passing his spirit been visiting me every day where his scent will show up out of nowhere. Either at home, in the car, at school etc. My mom would only smell his scent a few times but not like how I do. I saw a bright white light in my room the other day that I never seen in my room before. It was like my room was shining and the next day I saw a butterfly following me and later on in the evening I saw a hummingbird. Sometimes when I’m alone I asked my deceased dog to send me a sign like a hummingbird for permission if I can get another dog. I been worried if he made it to heaven and those two things made me feel better.

  • Annie Sep 25, 2015, 12:53 pm

    I am very curious whether my Pomeranian dog, Mickey, 13 years old would come back to me for a visit before he moves onto to his next journey .He lost his last breath in my arms at home few days ago. I pray that he goes to Buddha world or nirvana or be lucky enough to reincarnate as a human.

  • Pebble Sep 24, 2015, 9:47 am

    My schnoodle, Marco Polo died on 3 Sept at the age of 15 yrs and 7 months old. I felt so guilty as it reminded me my mum’s last words -“you send me to the hospital and you will cause my death.” Polo had severe CHF but in August, vet said he was doing well so advised to reduce medication. I brought him to the vet when he had diarrhea and not able to walk in late August. (The night before he jumped hurt his toe nail when I was drying him and bled the whole yoga mat but seem OK after cold compress) Usual vet refused to see him, claimed she needed to do a surgery and passed on to a young vet. Gave an injection – stopped the diarrhea but started to refuse food and gradually got worse. Brought him to the vet again but was told he will not survive and to put him to sleep. I decided to take him home with oxygen supply etc and he died the next morning in my arms with poo all over me. He barked every 45 to 60 mins the entire night – he’s been a very quiet pal and never barks. I felt he was killing himself for me as I had been waking up every 2 hours in my sleep in the past 16 months when I was told his CHF has worsened. I stopped working after my last contract. He’s everything to me. I’ve no more family members. I can’t pull myself together to secure a job or sit for my legal exam in Oct. I just want to ensure that Polo is happy and free from all pain. I cleaned him up and put his favorite Loccitane hand cream on his head and gave him a last comb, remove bandages for drip etc. He looked quite beautiful but I could not close his eyes. I had a dream the day after he passed away, He was looking at me sheepishly and in a poo poo position. He’s an angel who would comfort crying babies etc – if dogs do become angels – I hope he’s one now – he’s very kind. I just need to know he’s happy now. I really really love him very much.

  • Alison Sep 21, 2015, 5:39 pm

    Hi I had to have my beloved dog dre put to sleep yesterday. I am deverstaited can’t stop crying I miss him so much he never left my side he was a big rotty very soft and very loving. I pick his ashes up soon. Will he think I’ve forgotten about him if I play and have fun with my other dogs it’s very hard at the moment because they still need to play. I really want him back

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 22, 2015, 10:33 am

      Would a human who has gone to spirit be upset if you were happy or made others happy? No, of course they wouldn’t and it’s the same for our animal spirits. Enjoy your other pets.

      • Alison cook Sep 22, 2015, 6:47 pm

        I’m sorry to comment again I just don’t know what to do. My heart feels like it’s broken in two with my beloved dog Dre having to be put to sleep on Sunday just gone. It was so sudden he was running around last week just being him as soon as he started being sick I took him to vets two days later his bloods come back he had to stay at the vets 2 days later I was putting him to sleep he looked terrible when I got to the vets to see him not the dre I left a few days before. I pick his ashes up tomorrow can’t stop crying will he visit me?

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 24, 2015, 12:52 pm

          You may gain some comfort by dropping into the community section of this website and visiting our forums and chat rooms. In the chat rooms we have a few mediums working who share their knowledge for free and will chat to you about your loss and about life after death. Look for the users with a T+ prefix as these are approved site teachers and mediums. Best to visit early evenings UK time.

  • Katie butters Sep 14, 2015, 3:39 am

    I’ve had my cat smokey for about 17 years, she was my everything, we was so close. She was my cat. She wouldn’t go near anyone else, she just clicked with me. She’s been missing since Friday night, it’s now Monday morning, this is something smokey has never done before. We think she’s gone to die. But I just need to know if she is dead. And if she is, I need to know if she’s okay. She was really clingy with me on Friday, she wouldn’t leave my side and she kept grabbing my head and pulling it towards hers as if she was hugging me, was that her way of saying goodbye? This has completely broken me. I love her so much and I know she loved me, but I just miss her so much.

  • Zaraah Arif Sep 11, 2015, 5:27 pm

    I was away from home for six weeks..my male cat, mixed breed, beautiful golden, died suddenly in my absence – my husband was at home – he said, the cat was OK. He has three siblings – the four of them used to eat – one day my golden male came out of the room in the lounge where my husband was sitting. He took two short rounds then fell dead! He was only four year old and in very good health. I was wondering if he died of a broken heart as he was very close to me and must have missed me a lot. They say, cats have sudden heart attacks. Also, I want to know if his soul is in the world. Is he around me and in our house?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 23, 2015, 2:05 pm

      Your cat died from a poorly heart, not a ‘broken heart’. His spirit will be in the spirit world and will be aware of you.

  • Maggie Jul 16, 2015, 12:32 am

    My 15 1/2 year old dog died July 8, 2015 at home on her own with me by her. She has been through a lot in her life with health issues (skin infection, hit by car, approx. 7 surgeries, cysts, arthritis, ect. She was strong and was a fighter till the end. I am in peace with the fact that she died on her own. So many years together with nothing, but a strong bond of love. I wasn’t ready to let her go she was my world, my rock, my everything. In Loving Memory of Sheba. My heart is broken, I love you so much. I just want to know is she still with me in spirit?

  • Steve Jun 29, 2015, 6:45 am

    I lost my 9 year old baby kitty her name was Coco. Please keep me in your prayer’s and the same goes for you all who lost your babies.

  • Cathie May 14, 2015, 4:51 pm

    I have had two deaths I am trying to cope with. The first, my big white Loki boy got out of the fence my brother left open, and ran for 6 hours, over 2 miles away until I found him shot, trying to get into a duck pen. It killed me and still cry everyday over him. Them my granddaughter’s dog Aspen got under the fence and got shot as well. Aspen was Loki’s mate, they were only 4 and 5 years old. They were babies. It is so hard to deal with this, I never knew that I could have loved and miss them as much as we all do. I look for little signs they are still here, but sadly, I can not feel, see or hear anything. This is truly breaking my heart.

    • Brenda Jul 15, 2016, 6:59 pm

      What kind of heartless people are you living next to? Oh wow I can’t deal with people killing or hurting any animals. I just lost my 11 year old shiatsu Sebastian on Wednesday to cancer and I’m devastated over having to have him put to sleep. This broke my heart but I hope he’s okay. No more pain. I feel your pain .

  • Caroline May 5, 2015, 7:09 am

    I am wondering, what might seem like a really silly question, I euthanized my cat yesterday at the vet, it was such a sad day. Will his spirit stay at the vet, confused, scared and in a place he didn’t like or will he find his way home? I have this horrible image that he’s still there – somewhere he hated!

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker May 5, 2015, 2:31 pm

      Animals go to the spirit world when they die.

      • Ana Jul 24, 2015, 6:39 am

        Can I too meet my beloved pet when I die?

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 23, 2015, 10:32 am

          We meet all the beings we love when we die.

  • mahatma Apr 29, 2015, 12:22 am

    Good news to hear that you can meet up with your favorite hounds from over the years. I have come across this from a few sources now, so I like it and i believe it.

  • Annalise Apr 15, 2015, 10:37 am

    Hi Craig. I know this sounds ridiculous (but I love all animals, and develop a very close bond, I do everything I can for them, as I believe humans do not have a right to downgrade animals), but my dog, Sammi, passed away 11 months ago. And I still grieve a lot. He was hit by a car while I was at school, I never even got to say goodbye. I didn’t get closure, and that’s why I think I’m still grieving (my other dog Ellie died a few months ago, and I got to say goodbye, and I got to bury her, and I’m still sad, but its bearable).

    I was just wondering if there were any things that I could do to connect with him, or at least things I should look out for if he is still there?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 21, 2015, 10:40 am

      If you go to Spiritualist services and Evenings of Clairvoyance you may get a message via a human spirit communicator to give you proof. Meanwhile, one positive thing you could do to help you cope with your grief is to do something charitable for other animals. By healing another we often heal ourselves. Give a donation or better still maybe volunteer to help at the PDSA or RSPCA and so on. Even feeding wild animals is a positive thing to do. A few days or hours personal service will create good energy all around.

  • alanna Mar 26, 2015, 10:51 pm

    My poor baby has just passed away this week leaving behind his 6 month old baby brother. He died at a young age to an illness and I believe his spirit is still here. I want him to be at rest but I fear that he was so young when he passed he cant let go. Also since his baby brother is now sick I’m sure that would be another reason for hanging around. I feel like I see his spirit running around the rooms at times and I believe my other pet does as well. I wish I could get him to completely be at rest. Maybe when I get his ashes back he will feel better.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 31, 2015, 3:09 pm

      When an animal dies for a great many people the grief is almost as bad as losing a child. I’m sure his spirit is at rest.

  • Lisa Smith Mar 22, 2015, 12:22 am

    My beloved dog Lily was my soul-mate for 15 years . The absolute center of my universe. She became so poorly very suddenly that I had no choice other than to free her from her pain and put her sleep. I cradled her head in my hands and kissed her as she passed and told her constantly that I loved her. I am now waiting for her ashes to come home. But I am afraid of never being reunited with her again. I want her to be in heaven waiting for me and to be united with her forever one day when it’s my time to die. But I am afraid of her being reincarnated to someone else or to something else meaning I will never be reunited with her. The thought of never seeing her again is devastating. I have so much worry about what will happen to her in the afterlife. I hate being separated from her in this life I cannot bare the thought of dying and her not being there for me. No other dog will ever replace her or fill the hole that her passing has ripped into my heart and soul. So many psychics say pets come into our lives to teach us lessons and then move on to be reincarnated is this true? Is my dog gone forever from me now she passed?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 31, 2015, 3:39 pm

      There is one thing in the Universe that is indestructible and that is Love. Love will always draw to the beloved whether that be a human or in this case your beloved pet. You will see her again in the Spirit World.

  • nancy Mar 19, 2015, 5:57 pm

    Hi Craig. My dog Luster is suffering from kidney failure and he is breathing his last. I have made the harsh decision of putting him to sleep tomorrow. All I am thinking is of the first day I saw him and took him in my arms. He is now 14 years plus and had a healthy life. But this decision to euthanize him is making me feel sad and no one is understanding why I’m crying so much. All that is bothering me is if I will never see him again in this life. Craig! Will I meet him in next life? And is putting him to sleep justified?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 31, 2015, 3:50 pm

      We had to put our cat Yang to sleep earlier this year and I know how tough it can be and we’re always asking if he could have suddenly sprung back to health as he did once before. But a point comes when the kindest thing to do is to put them to sleep – a hard decision but dome for their welfare and not our own. I believe – as you will see from my articles on this site – that animals survive death and their spirit persists in the next life.

  • Linda Bass Mar 15, 2015, 8:18 pm

    Dear Mr Parker We lost our Savannah Feb 17 2015 my husband an I are empty and heartbroken Savannah was 16 yrs old. I took care of her until she passed.her and I had a very close bond. I feel her presence here at home and I snap pictures and got a photo of her. Is Savannah really here is it I just want her to be here? Will she come back to us in another dog? I always felt like she had a human soul in her. It was like we knew what the other was thinking. I still cry I try not to because they say it will make Savannah sad. Please help me missing my sweet Savannah she was our love. Linda

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 1, 2015, 12:40 pm

      I do not believe pets reincarnate into another dog you own. (Although I suppose it’s possible) I do believe that their souls live again in the spirit world and may incarnate again with us in the future as part of our group soul.

  • Lindsey Mar 11, 2015, 10:30 pm

    My dog Gurr went missing on 07/04/13. I recently took a picture on accident with my daughters camera and I’m almost positive I can see him in it. Do you have any thought of what may have happened to him? He was like my son and I’m going crazy wondering what happened. I will be so grateful to hear back from you.

  • Ania Feb 16, 2015, 10:31 pm

    I am writing to you with a very heavy heart, we found our beloved baby 6 month old Bull Terrier Gia dead early hours of the 15th February 2015. We were out for Valentines dinner and when we got back she had passed already. My husband tried to resuscitate her and a whole lots of leaves and stems came out of her, there was vomit with leaves near her body, we identified the leaf that morning after we woke to be the Hibiscus. I Googled to get piece of mind whether this leaf can actually kill our baby girl. We went to the nursery later to get a remembrance rose creeper for her as we were going to give her a memorial garden. Whilst my hubby and son were busy with her cross and plaque I was looking for memorial wording to post on her Remembrance Facebook album and I came across Brent Atwater’s site. I read up the story “Staffordshire Bull Terrier Reincarnates, Animal Life After Death” as I have been feeling that my baby was not ready to leave us yet, we have been sobbing for 24 hours non stop, all our other babies have been all lost, our house is quiet as you don’t see our energizer baby Gia running chasing shadows, irritating our Boston terrier or tugging a soccer ball with our gentle giant Boerboel.

    My question is “will my baby come back to us as she was taken from us so young, I feel in my heart that she wasn’t ready, she had a long loving life planned in her soul with us. I was on the web most of today trying to get answers and I came across your site and read the article “What Happens To Animals When They Die?” This is why I am writing to you now. I just want answers as I have this urge to get another Bull Terrier puppy to fill the hole in our lives; this has been the most traumatic experience that I have experienced and I have lost a few loving animals in my life time but not so soon after been blessed with their presence in our lives.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Feb 18, 2015, 11:52 am

      For many people it is just like losing a child when your animal dies and the grief is just as overwhelming. I would suggest you wait a while before trying to fill the gap by buying another pet. In my own work as a medium it is evident to me that the souls of our pets continue after death as so many human spirit communicators give evidence to suggest that this is true. If you would like to ask more questions about this you may enjoy our free chat rooms and community where we have a number of people who may be able to help you.

  • Judy Feb 12, 2015, 3:57 pm

    I recently lost my precious 13 yr old poodle Spencer. He was very ill and because he was so ill even after a week at the vet, I made the choice to put him down. He was my beloved companion and adore child. I miss him so much that I have cried myself sick. I feel lost and so full of despair. Will I be with him again? Is he around me? Do their spirits get to come back and visit you? I am so devastated with out him. He was my baby.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Feb 18, 2015, 12:31 pm

      With pets we have the terrible decision to make about putting them to sleep. Naturally we feel guilty but in fact is is our last act of kindness to them. As I have stated in the article and on other comments here it is evident to me that pets survive death and is a topic I have written about extensively in my books.

  • barbara neely Feb 1, 2015, 7:15 pm

    I have always had a spiritual connection with both pets I had to put to sleep because of illness. When I grieved so unbearably after they are gone, I get a peaceful feeling or “voice” from them, that is “don’t grieve I am in no pain and I am with you, we’ll be together again soon.” This message always gives such tremendous peace inside. I know it is real and have no doubt about is authenticity.

  • alma mergal Dec 14, 2014, 6:11 am

    I’ve lost my Siberian husky 8 months old yesterday. I cant still move on. I always cry every time I remember him. Just wanted to know if coffee is okay.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Dec 15, 2014, 1:37 pm

      I’m sure he’s absolutely fine but if you want to get proof you would need to see a medium and hopefully get some confirmation. You can get readings for free at Spiritualist services or on our chat room and of course there are the services offered on this site. The medium would need to connect with a human spirit communicator in order to give proof of an animal in spirit.

  • Iza Nov 19, 2014, 1:42 pm

    I need to know if my dog Mac, who died on November 17 2014 forgives me. I am in terrible shape. He was 10 years old.

  • Sylvia Oct 18, 2014, 7:48 pm

    I enjoyed your article very much, Craig. Thank you. My own dog showed me animals do indeed live on in spirit, after the death of their physical bodies. They are released from any illness or infirmity, have contact with the energies of Love, and will wait for us. Bless them all.

  • Joanne May 3, 2014, 7:30 pm

    We euthanized our baby of 18 years “cat” this Wednesday. It was sudden. She has been deteriorating and the vet told us she was not going to get better. We feel guilty since we were not expecting to put her down when we brought her in. Our hearts are broken and we feel we betrayed her and suddenly killed her, we didn’t want her to be in pain any longer or die at home alone. We hope her spirit is among us and she is doing well in heaven with the angels.

  • Peymaneh Apr 24, 2014, 5:47 am

    I lost my doggy just few days ago. I rescued her 4 years ago in Malaysia. Some people say that children pushed her into the ring and others say she fell down to the ring accidentally. I’m not sure what happened and am so sad. There is nothing here in Iran to help me and give support as paranormal activities are forbidden in my country. Will I see her again? I can’t deal with her loss.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 24, 2014, 2:51 pm

      As the article explains, we Spiritualists believe that animals survive death and that this belief is supported by the evidence of survival received via mediumship. If you are hoping to discuss your concerns you would be best posting a message in our forums or having a chat with some of the Spiritualists in our community chat rooms. See: http://family.psychics.co.uk

  • W Brown Feb 4, 2014, 2:43 pm

    Our cat had cancer and was often in a lot of pain. When the pain hit him he would go limp and motionless, but mostly he was full fun domineering our other cat and dog. As he got weaker, this strange white cat started visiting our home entering via the cat flap. Both our cats, not the dog bothered with this strange white cat who would just come in hop onto the couch and stare at our cat who was ill. This only happened from when our cat was diagnosed with cancer, and as the illness progressed we had to have him put to sleep. The white cat has never been seen anywhere since this.

  • Tammy Aug 17, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I lost my dog Nugget to liver failure in June. Your website gives me comfort and hope that ill meet him again. I’ve not felt Nuggets presence, but just after he died, a robin red breast kept visiting me every day. The robin kept staring at me and one time it even came right up to my feet where I was sat, stared right at me and I froze, then it flew off! It might sound strange, but I believe Nugget sent me the robin to let me know he was ok.

  • Del Aug 5, 2013, 8:02 pm

    I have recently lost my beloved miniature dachshund who suffered terrible back problems. I am so sad and miss him so much that I don’t know what to do. But I feel so guilty because I had to make the decision to have him put to sleep and now I just feel so lost. He was the kindest, gentlest person and the love of my life.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 13, 2013, 11:44 am

      When animals die they go to the spirit world because they have developed a sense of Self through their contact with the love of humans. This can give you some reassurance but I know how hard it is. My wife Jane – although a medium herself – still found it hard when her dachshund had to be put to sleep.

  • alia Aug 4, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Hi dear, last night my loved 11 years Chihuahua – her name is Sweety – passed away after struggling with heart failure, breathing problem, and wrong medication in Dubai. I live in Dubai and we don’t have people here know enough about life after death or they don’t believe at all. I want to know what happened to my dog I cant live without her please help me I’m coming to London on September can I visit you?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 13, 2013, 12:00 pm

      My wife Jane and I do readings from our home which is a few hours by train from London. You can book via the link on the top right of this page or the front page of the site. Please read a little more on the site about how proof is given about the animal spirits. It is best not to tell us about this but hopefully a proof will come through via a human communicator. For some strange reason I have been getting a great deal of clients from the Middle East. There seems to be a real upsurge in interest in Spiritualism in your country.

  • Martha Jul 7, 2013, 4:46 am

    On July 3rd, I lost my beautiful teacup pomeranian dog named Bebis. She was 16.5 years old but looked like she was still a puppy. She would get a little sick from time to time, but she suddenly had a left and right heart failure after I let her out to the back yard to potty. I took her in to see the Vet immediately. I applied for a credit loan to to pay for the bill, and she was saved. I then had to give her 6 pills a day for her heart which my daughter was so vigilant about. A week later, on July 3rd, Bebis had her check up and she was doing well. I brought her home and left to the store. When I returned, she again had to go potty, and she began looking bad. I took her in thinking she would be okay again. I had to put her to sleep. She was not well. She stared into my eyes until her last breadth. I was her world. She always had to be able to see me no matter where she was or slept. I just cannot get over this loss. Could I have done more for her. I miss her. I feel like a piece of me is gone. I want her here, but I also don’t want to be selfish. She was my beauty. And she was with me throughout all of my life’s ups and downs. Is she that happy little baby even though she is away from me? All she ever wanted in her life was to be near me. Sometimes it bothered me because no matter what she would be there staring at me any time of the day or night. I was her world. I wish I could have done more for her. I wish I had all the money in the world to have saved her, but I didn’t. I feel as if I failed her in such a big way. I feel as if her world has shifted away from her happy place. All she ever wanted was to be where I was. And now she’s gone, and I gave the okay to make that happen. Did I fail her? What happens to animals when they die? Is she happy? Or does she just not exist any more?

  • kerry Jul 4, 2013, 7:27 pm

    I feel like I failed him: I have 8 dogs of my own all of them have been rescued from some or other bad situation, and once again I came across two lovely puppies staying two doors up from my house and these puppies were not looked after and so I decided to take it in to my hands to look after them for 8 months I went there every day to give them water, food, I gave them blankets and a kennel and loads of love.

    They became very fond of me and me of them they used to be so happy to see me and me them so I decided it would be better to bring them to my house rather than leave them there so I prepared my yard for them and the worst thing happened the owner of the dogs just left the gate open and one day before I was to take them to my own place the one puppy got run over and I found it dead the next morning it is killing me I feel like I failed him I took the other one she is with me but I cant help blaming myself for this…was this meant to be? why? Why was I not given one more day to make a difference.

  • Adriana Jul 4, 2013, 5:35 pm

    I just put my Jack Russell Stellina to sleep yesterday and I’m just having a hard time. I made the decision to put her down because they found a large mass in her abdomen and they weren’t sure if surgery would help her and she would need chemo. My baby was 13 and I didn’t want to put her through that and although she still wanted to play she wasn’t eating and barely drinking any more. The thing that is killing me is that she was still herself but just not as active. I made the decision because I just didn’t want her to get to the point that she couldn’t get out of bed and would be suffering. I just hope I made the right decision. Another thing that is also bothering me is that when I brought her to the vet she was so nervous like she always was when I would bring her, but I hate that she had to be in that state of mind before she passed.

    Last night I thought I saw her just for a quick glance and then she was gone, could this be her or could it be I’m just so used to her being there that I think she is still around?

  • Linda Jul 1, 2013, 6:43 am

    My little one year old kitten was recently hit and killed by a car. Both he and his buddy (another kitty) were killed together as they crossed the street. I found them and have been so distraught. I just want to know that he is OK in death and not alone and can still feel my love. I just don’t want him to be alone or afraid. So I guess that’s how I found your site here about what happens to animals after they pass. Very early the next morning after I heard his little meow beside my bed and somehow in that space between sleep and wakefulness I told him it was OK to go to the light and that I loved him. I wonder if I was simply comforting myself somehow but his meow was crystal clear. I wish I could know for sure he’s happy and safe.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jul 10, 2013, 4:48 pm

      Although the spirits of animals will sometimes show themselves to us to get proof that an animal survives death you really need to get a spirit message from a human communicating sprint. Messages of this type are often given via my own and other mediums spirit communications.

      • sneha raj Aug 4, 2016, 4:50 am

        I lost my dog his name was Flaffy he left for the next world in my lap he was as fit and fine that day 2nd of August while watching my other dogs playing in the ground he went to the corner of the terrace and there was raining and air blowing he fell down and I could do anything he was a canine dog he was white and had circle spot of light brown in this body and he was only 7 MONTHS. My Flaffy left me alone he was like a child to me and my family. I wish that God would also take me to Flaffy in the sky in a very short time. I can’t live without him.

  • GARY MAY Jun 13, 2013, 12:37 pm

    I believe pets have a spirits and some do come back to visit their owners. My dog Wolly did just that two weeks after he passed in 2004 aged 10. I had gone to bed laying on my back with head propped up against bed head as I just couldn’t sleep…..suddenly my body became sort of numb so I couldn’t move at all and my eyes became heavy. I could only just keep my eyes open a little bit then I heard the clearest sound I’ve ever heard coming through the kitchen, paw pads!! Heading towards my bedroom, the sound stopped at the doorway, then a wonderful feeling came over me, one of utter peace.

    I could just see something black and fuzzy go past the end of bed without a sound, that’s when my eyes shut tight, I could not open them at all… then it happened… I felt the most gentle nudge to the top part of my arm. My body was able to move again and eyes open. The wonderful feeling I had felt was now gone. I new what had just happened: Wolly had come back one last time. Why? Well I may never know for sure, maybe because he wanted me to know he’s OK? I’ve lost another dog Jake 10 days ago. I’m Hoping Jake will come back like Wolly did. I showed both dogs (mates) lots of love and kindness in their lives and they returned that love and kindness many times over. RIP.

  • Peter May 30, 2013, 6:25 am

    I agree with every word you have written.

    • Kathryn Jul 21, 2014, 2:03 pm

      Could you please give me your website address where you provide support for those that have lost their pets? I have just lost my cat Lucy and am utterly bereft, but would love to be able to help other people who have lost their pets too in any way possible.

      • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jul 21, 2014, 2:53 pm

        You can find the support section for this here:
        You can post in the forum areas or can chat for free with our helpers in the chat room. Some of the people who volunteer to help us work at pet sanctuaries and rescue centres.

  • amanda Feb 28, 2013, 8:51 pm

    I lost my precious doggy girl on Tuesday this week. She was euthanized after her liver count came back so high ‘it was off the scale’ and she was desperately ill and going downhill fast. I made what someone today pointed out was an intuitive decision for her needs not mine. Now I’m struggling to come to terms with it; my doggy girls are my family – I don’t have any human family – I’m struggling to come to terms with her absence and terrified I made a wrong decision. They literally are my babies and best friends, I dote on them and adore them and have received so much love and devotion back from this little angel I’m finding her absence painful beyond words. I’m desperate to know that I did the right thing, that I’ll find her again and she’s OK

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 4, 2013, 6:51 pm

      You made your decision based upon what was best for your much loved pet. To have kept her here with all those illnesses would have just prolonged her suffering. You made the right decision based upon love – there was no other. So many times animals have been able to prove – via a human spirit communicator – that they survive death that it is clear to me that they will be reunited with you when it is your time to be promoted to the spirit world.

      • Amanda Mar 6, 2013, 7:59 am

        Thank you so much Craig – your words about what happens when animals die are very comforting to me at this time xx

      • heena saini Apr 18, 2015, 7:28 pm

        I am literally touched after reading this. I can’t even express my feelings in words. last Tuesday morning, my 6 year saint Bernard dog passed away. He was suffering from liver disease. Though still I am unable to believe I lost him for forever now and still seems like a worst nightmare.

        After his death I sprinkled holy water on his body and in his mouth. As per our belief, this will help him in having a reincarnate in human body. I am unable to overcome from this unbearable pain since then. I am missing him very much. Hope my doing at his last moment would lead this great soul to have a prosperous and happy life further. I am very keen to know will I be able to meet him in his next birth?

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 21, 2015, 10:17 am

          It’s your love not the Holy Water that will help your pet to maintain his sense of being an independent soul that will progress to eventual human birth. And of course, as I have explained in this article, the loved animals survive physical death and meet us again in the next life.

    • Susan Jun 16, 2015, 4:28 am

      Amanda, it has been some time now since you said goodbye to your precious girl, but maybe you have some words that can help me. I made the decision to put my Georgia to sleep May of last year and since then I have not been out of bed, cry all the time, never shower or wash my clothes. I have just stopped functioning as a human being. Like you, I have no family and my girl was my whole life. I feel I didn’t do enough for her and feel she never would of thought I would kill her, because we loved & trusted each other so much. I can never forgive myself for making that decision. How did you ever get over it. I rent, so I can’t get another dog, which everyone tells me to do. I feel very suicidal, because I just want to be with her again if dogs have a life after death. Kind Regards. Sue

      • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 29, 2015, 1:24 pm

        You can get help and empathy in the forum and chat room sections of this site. A lot of our visitors discuss their thoughts and feelings about the loss of their pets.

  • soni Feb 22, 2013, 7:28 am

    My cat just passed this past Tuesday. He was 13 years old and suffered from acromegaly and diabetes. I had to suddenly make the decision to euthanize him. I asked him if he was ready and he gave me a look of Yes you idiot! I held him while he took his last breath. I feel like I’m in a dream. I just love him so much…I want to know how my angel is doing and did I do the right thing? And if they reincarnate? How do I find him again, or do they find you? Thank you for your time.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Feb 22, 2013, 2:43 pm

      I think that what happens to animals when they die is that they – like humans – are drawn by the power of love. So that those who have love between them naturally find one another again, whether it be in the spirit world or when we reincarnate. Some may argue that animals cannot know love but I believe that all sentient beings do.

      • Kelly Feb 20, 2015, 11:48 pm

        I really hope this is true, our little fur baby was 17 when she passed over the rainbow bridge this week. I feel physical pain and miss her so so much.

        • Don Jan 12, 2016, 1:05 pm

          I lost my beautiful Irish terrier at just under 12 years old to secondary lung tumors and we had to have her put to sleep. I filmed her one night to record her breathing for the vet to hear (was upsetting to do it too). Since her passing I uploaded video to my PC where I saw balls of light whizzing around her (orbs). I decided to look through my digital camera screen and call her after that and to my astonishment (and a bit of fear), balls of light came flying around me (caught on video) and every day I call her and the lights appear – even jumped onto my lap at my request so I know she lives on BUT I just hope she can come and go and is not trapped here – that is the only thing that bothers me about it. Very surreal experience but maybe she needs time to adjust too and will go of her own accord when she is ready to cross over the bridge (which is my hope and prayer) until we meet again properly.

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