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Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying, and Beyond

by Rita M. Reynolds (Author), Gary Kowalski (Foreword)

Editorial Reviews's Best of 2001
Like a hospice worker, author Rita M. Reynolds cares for sick and dying animals,
helping them comfortably cross the threshold into death. At times, Blessing the
Bridge reads like a kindly vet's instruction book, teaching basic skills in
respectfully handling a dying animal, whether it's a newborn bird that's fallen
from its nest or a beloved dog that's terminally ill. Readers learn ways to make
an animal comfortable, such as laying wild animals to rest in beds of flowers or
letting domestic animals die in a human's arms. What separates Reynolds from
other authors that write about caring for sick and dying animals is her
willingness to take the process into a more intuitive and spiritual realm.

Reynolds offers suggestions for how to dialogue with dying animals to find out
their preferences--whether they wish to die on their own or die through the
mercy of euthanasia. She also believes in divine and angelic influences when it
comes to helping animals cross over: "Much like the physician or midwife who
helps the mother and infant through the birthing process, the angelic ones stand
ready to assist those who are dying, but from the other side to speak, waiting
on the spirit side of the bridge called death." There is no question in
Reynolds's mind that animals possess unique souls or that they move onto an
afterlife. She even tells of seeing the spirits of dead animals visiting her.
Many of her lessons are conveyed through real-life stories, where we witness how
she simultaneously releases and embraces dying animals. Like The Tibetan Book of
the Dead, this book has functional appeal and spiritual longevity. Reynolds
shows us how to ritualize and soothe animals' deaths, while also offering us
abiding wisdom about life on earth. --Gail Hudson

From Publishers Weekly
For the past 15 years, Rita M. Reynolds has provided a sanctuary to sick and
dying animals. In her sentimental and sincere Blessing the Bridge: What Animals
Teach Us About Death, Dying, and Beyond, featuring a foreword by Gary Kowalski
(The Souls of Animals), she credits these creatures with enabling her to accept
death more freely and to realize that everlasting love endures beyond this world.

Product Details

Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: NewSage Press; 1st edition (December 29, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0939165384



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