- Religion and Philosophy
Crossing The Rainbow Bridge
Most of us have lost a precious pet, somewhere along the way during our lifetime. In my own situation, I have not had very many pets except for the odd turtle and rabbit during my younger years. It wasn't until my first marriage that I ended up with a Siamese cat that my mother offered to me, when my sister returned home with another cat.
I had my doubts as I had never had a cat before, but my husband wanted it and so Chris came to live with us. And what a Godsend she was. In a marriage, that was not healthy, oftentimes I felt like the only thing who loved me in that home was the cat. Untrue to what a lot of people's opinions of a Siamese are, this cat - my Chris -disproved the rumour - that a Siamese is not a nice cat, being very aloof and unfriendly. I could barely sit down, when Chris would climb up on to my lap, make her way up my chest, put her head under my chin, her paw around my neck and I kid you not she would "sigh." My heart was broken when we had to have Chris put down at 17 years old back in 1980.
A Cat's Spirit
It was not until the year 2010 and after the crossing over of the love of my life, my second husband, Craig, that I thought back to something that had happened during his last weeks at home. Almost immediately I had started experiencing signs that Craig was still with me. They were coming with great regularity and as this was happening, I was becoming more open to the spirit world and all of the possibilities that this brings.
The incident with the cat: One afternoon my stepdaughter and I were sitting on the deck, chatting. Craig was resting in bed. All of a sudden a Siamese cat came trotting down the common area of our townhouse. She seemed to have a purpose in mind, as she made straight for our deck, climbed up and came right to my side. She sat down briefly, looked up at me and then hopped onto my lap. Immediately she climbed up my chest, put her head under my chin and her paw around my neck. We were stunned. This Siamese was the exact same colour and size of my Chris who had passed away - at this point - about 30 years ago.
We noticed that Craig was up and walking to the bathroom with his walker, so I took the cat in to see him. As soon as I approached Craig with the cat in my arms, she reached out a paw to Craig. I had never seen this cat in my community before, and I have never seen it since.
I feel very strongly that this was the spirit of my beloved Chris who came to console me at a time when I needed it, and to reach out with love to a man she had never known.
A Wagging Tail and Some Friendly Licks
A while ago a very good friend's beloved dog, Max, passed away from a heart attack. My friend was heartbroken as Max had come to her during a time when she needed much love and support, having lost a sister to cancer and also, thankfully, surviving a cancer of her own. Max was always by her side. It was a bit of a shock because he was only a few years old.
Was Max's short life planned primarily to give love and support to a human, when she needed it most? This friend happens to be very spiritual, and open to the many signs she has received from her sister and other close family members who passed before her. So of course she hoped and prayed for signs from Max to show that he was alright and that he was still with her. She has related wonderful stories to me of feeling Max hop up on to the bed, licking her face and laying by her feet.
The Rainbow Bridge
The Bowtie Aristocats
A neighbour in my community, who has read my book "A Breath Away" was very excited to share her story with me last week at coffee club. Sadly they'd had to put down their cat, Raffy who was 21 years old, a few weeks before. Raffy always sported a Tartan Bowtie from their family clan.
The very next day their vet called to say "you won't believe this." Apparently she'd received a call from someone who'd had a cat dropped off at their place, and who badly needed surgery. They did not want to keep the cat and played upon the vets love of animals to do something pro bono. She agreed and told them to drop the cat off to her. What arrived was a cat with a black bowtie around it's neck. My neighbour knows that this is connected to her beloved Raffy and now Leo has a home with them.
While some may say "that's a wonderful coincidence", those of us who have opened ourselves up to the possibilities of the spirit world feel differently. There are no coincidences, but instead these are wonderfully synchronized events that show "love never dies" whether it be the love of a human, or the love of an animal.
Pets in Spirit
Have you experienced the presence of a beloved pet in spirit?
"A Breath Away"
- Lynda Matthews, Author - Home
A personal memoir about love, loss and the Afterlife.