Spring 2010 Newsletter

In This Issue
Hello Wonderful Friends
When An Animal Dies
Caring For Yourself During Grief
The Joy of Sweet Syra
Rainbow Bridge Poem
Syra's Puppy Photo

Hello Wonderful Friends!

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Dear Friends,

I hope you have been enjoying this lush Spring season. I'm a bit late with this quarterly newsletter but the article about my sweet dog, Syra, will explain why. This is a rather long newsletter in comparison to previous ones. However, it deals with death, grief and my own recent experience and I felt compelled to share the information. I trust that those who will benefit from it will be okay with the length.

Wishing you many blessings, Rain

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When An Animal Dies sky

The passing of a beloved animal is a painful and sometimes very difficult situation for people. It is something that I have experienced with many of my clients, as well as with my own animals. I have been wanting to write about this for some time. Earlier this spring, I decided this would be the topic of my next newsletter. And then, my sweet dog, Syra, passed away in April and it has taken me several weeks to be able to write this newsletter.

Animals are such loving teachers. I saw a book title once: Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Life I Learned From My Dog (of course this would apply to cats, horses, or any other animal). There's a lot of truth in that statement for me. I share some of the wisdom that Syra taught me below.

When an animal dies, people often want to know if their animal will come back to them / reincarnate; or whether there was anything they could have done differently for their animal; or if there is some message their beloved animal has for them from the spiritual realm. In each case, the answer is different. However the one thing that I have consistently seen with animals who have passed is that their spirit is in a complete state of peace. It is an incredible feeling that no words could begin to describe. Regardless of the circumstances of the passing of the animal, once their spirit is in the spiritual realm, it is blissful. If you have experienced the death of an animal companion, I hope you find comfort in knowing that their spirit is at peace.

There is a lovely poem, called Rainbow Bridge, that was shared with me recently. It's at the bottom of this page. I hope you enjoy it.

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Caring For Yourself During Grief

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When you experience the loss of an animal, I invite you to be very gentle with yourself and honor your grief. We each grieve in our own way, in our own time and it can be very different with the loss of one animal or another. Allowing yourself to have your feelings and releasing them in a healthy way is beneficial. I also encourage you to do whatever feels supportive and loving. Take time to nurture yourself during the healing process. Consider checking in with yourself periodically. We can get busy with day-to-day responsibilities. Pause and ask yourself: How do I feel? What do I need?

If the grief feels overwhelming, consider getting some help. If feelings of guilt arise, I suggest being very compassionate with yourself. Release those thoughts and trust that whatever happened was meant to be for a reason. Animals are so in tune with us. They know how much you loved them.

Feeling gratitude for the love you shared and the time you had together is an important part of the healing. Know that both of your lives were enriched by the connection you shared with one another. Most importantly, love yourself. Love yourself the way your beloved animal companion loved you.

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The Joy of Sweet Syra

Rain Hummingbird, Animal Commincator and her dog, Syra

This photo was taken a couple of years ago and it captures a moment of sweetness that was ever present with my sweet Syra. She passed away on Earth Day.

Syra was a very joyful being and she spread joy to the hearts of many in her lifetime. She came to me in April, 1998. She was about five months old, wild and full of spunk. Although she slowed down a bit in her older years, she always had an untamable wild streak that I so adored about her, even though it occassionally drove me nuts. One of the things that I treasured so much about Syra is how she was always in the present moment. She taught me many things about how to live life fully. I loved how she would plop down on the earth, rolling on her back groaning in delight enjoying the bliss of the moment. Syra was so loving; she loved everyone. She made friends easily and she was a master at making people laugh and feel joyful. She was also a great comfort to anyone who was feeling sad. Just petting her velvet ears was powerful medicine. Syra was also very clever. She was a master at convincing everyone who visited her that she really did "need" one more cookie.

Syra was one of the great teachers of love in my life. She always loved me, no matter what. She helped me to practice that with others, and myself. Although her body is no longer here, and I miss her terribly, I feel her so close to me and she continues to teach me about love, compassion and acceptance.

I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for our time together. My life has felt truly blessed because of Syra. I love her with my whole heart and soul and Syra lives on in my heart.

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Rainbow Bridge Poem

Rainbow BridgeJust this side of heaven is a place called
Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies,
that has been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills
for all of our special friends
so they can run and play together.
There is plent of food, water and sunshine,
and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old
are restored to health and vigor;
those who were hurt or maimed
are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams
of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content,
except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them,
who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together,
but the day comes when one suddenly stops
and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent;
his eager body quivers.
Suddenly, he begins to run from the group,
flying over the green grass,
his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted,
and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion,
never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face;
your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more
into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life
but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...

Author Unknown

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Syra's Puppy Photo

Syra, Rain Hummingbird's dog

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