You gave yourself the greatest gift you could the day you brought me home. We had no idea we were going to be such life changers for each other. We were in such a different place when we first met. I had you at first wag.
We both received straight A’s in unconditional love. My heart eagerly awaited the door opening each night you came home to me. I couldn’t wait to snuggle, my fur against your skin. You were always there for me, and me for you.
Since we’ve said goodbye, people have been giving you all sorts of advice. There are no words to fill the void I left behind. I would lick your salty tears away if I could. Since this is not physically possible, I summoned for help via Rainbow Bridge and St. Francis of Assisi, (our favorite Patron Saint of the Animals) and he brought me Claire.
Together, we’ve come up with a plan to help us both heal.
If I could run back into the room for a moment and jump up on the couch to give you kisses, here are some things I would tell you.
Even in moments of overwhelm, deep sadness, or anger that I am not here, know that you are surrounded by my love. ALWAYS.
And that I am cheering??? for you from beyond. So much so that I asked Claire to create something that would bring healing from that place. Our love for one another.
Originally offered as an 2 CD set, Claire re-mastered the files into a digital e-course. She’s divided the month into 28 lessons to help guide us through the grief process. Once you sign up, you will start each morning with an email in your inbox. Here is a glimpse of what’s to come.
28 Days of Lessons – each lesson begins with a daily thought/affirmation
Followed by a “Topic of the day” that honors the love we have for each other
Next, there is an inspired action for each day related to the topic. From guided meditation or journaling prompts, you can choose to dive in at a time that is right for you
Audio versions of each lesson
You have life-time access to the e-course for as long as it is offered
Extensive studies show that it takes 21 days for the brain to create new habits. This series is meant to be as organic and spontaneous as our love for each other. This is a course that you can participate in on your own time. You can pick and choose from the lessons that speaks to your heart. Participate whenever it calls to you.
Since I can’t be there physically, this is the next best thing I can do to make sure you take as good care of YOU in the next month as you have done for me.
Putting off self-care or nourishment until it hurts less, or when you find time will only make the grief burrow deeper. Remember. You said you would do ANYTHING for me. This is part of the journey. It’s now time to take good care of YOU.
Loving you from beyond with woofs, meows and xoxo, Your beloved animal companion.
Here’s what others have to say about this course:
As a student of yoga and mediation for over 16 years I was transfixed by the clarity and effectiveness of Claire’s teachings around grief and healing. She is a compassionate teacher and her writings are thoughtful and full of self knowledge; you just get that Claire has the life experience to speak authoritatively on this subject. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is in need of healing from the experience losing of their beloved pet.
~Tracee Stanley, E-RYT, Producer~
Healing Hearts and Paws is a survival guide for those who are grieving over the loss of an animal companion. Filled with daily meditations, lessons, practical tips and coping strategies for moving through loss, this book will help many pet lovers transform their grief into one of healing. Having experienced Claire’s grief coaching when she helped us through the loss of our dog, I recommend this book to anyone who would like to heal from the loss of a beloved pet. Whether it’s been a month or a year since the loss, the series of 28 lessons is timeless, encouraging the reader to revisit topics for healing when they are missing their animal companion.