Some pet carers may tell you of strange events that happened to them after their pet died, often in the hope that you will validate this as proof their pet is in heaven. That can be anything from finding a white feather, seeing a robin in the garden, a feeling of the pet climbing up to sit or lie beside them, or hearing their pets walking around them.
Pet carers take great comfort from these signs and validating what they believe happened is important.
Many pet carers actively look for these ‘signs’ all day, every day, and become deeply disheartened if they see or hear nothing that indicates their pet is in heaven. This can be very distressing for the pet carer and the harder they look for a sign, the less likely they are to see one. Perhaps they are not ready to receive a sign (it would be too upsetting) or are trying too hard to find validation of the afterlife. It should be noted that pet carers who claim to have received a sign, always say that they weren’t actively looking for one when it happened to them – perhaps that’s the key!
Mediums have accurately described deceased family pets (and humans) and this in turn brings great comfort to the pet carer as proof that not only are their pets in heaven but they are with another family member.
Psychic mediums have often been in the news for all the wrong reasons and you would think that instances of proven psychic fraud over the years would weaken the credibility of psychic claims, but despite such bad press, there are still many people who firmly believe in the power of a mediums psychic ability.
The truth is that psychic claims are often general and vague – such as saying they have connected to or have a vision of ‘a dog’ but providing no other details – but this is also in part why so many people believe in the possibility of psychic abilities.
There are bad apples and fraudsters in all walks of life, but there are also exceptional people whose work as psychic mediums and whose information is so accurate that there is no other explanation, these mediums tend to be extremely popular.
A few psychic mediums have allowed themselves to be tested by leading scientists, who try to expose them as fraudsters and have been unable to do so. One of these psychics is Gordon Smith. Scientists agreed that whatever his unique gift is, they believe it is genuine or at least they were unable to prove otherwise. Psychic mediums who have allowed themselves to be scrutinised by scientists and proved to be genuine are in such demand and have attained a celebrity status, therefore it’s highly unlikely a pet carer will ever be able to secure an appointment with them due to them being booked months if not years in advance.
As with spiritualism, we are not there to judge what a pet carer chooses to believe in. We do however require to have an understanding of why a pet carer may wish to follow a certain path in order to find comfort.
An animal communicator is a person who can understand an animal’s feelings, pain and experiences an animal has had. They are trained to quiet their minds and be open to connecting to a pet telepathically. As such the animal communicator can give the pet carer a reading simply by looking at a photograph of the pet, in other words they claim they can communicate with a pet who is alive or deceased. Messages relayed telepathically directly from the pet to the pet carer can validate that the communicator has in fact linked to their pet. Those pet carers whose pets are missing are often keen to enrol the help of an animal communicator in the hope they can locate their pet. Some reputable communicators tend to shy away from assisting with lost pets as the information they receive telepathically may be misinterpreted and give false leads or false hope.
Always exercise caution when looking to validate the fact your pet is in heaven, perhaps leave it for a few months to let them settle in before looking for the validation.
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