“Does every creature have a soul? Surely they do; for everything God has touched will live forever.” –St. Francis of Assisi
Will your pet who passed away before you meet you in the afterlife?
Many near death experiencers have described their pets greeting them in the afterlife, especially those who had a strong bond with their pet or fur baby. Lots of people say if there is an afterlife and their pets are not there, then it wouldn’t be much of a heaven or afterlife.
Read documented accounts from near death experiencers who had been greeted by their beloved pets in the afterlife.
Jonathan G Sees All His Former Pets During NDE
According to a personal account of an NDE by Jonathan G who was in the hospital for chest pains, pets do greet people in the afterlife.
Jonathan states of his NDE, “I then became distracted by figures to my right which were all my former pets (dogs and cats that had died) climbing over each other to get to me, they gave me the impression of me just getting home for a long trip as they seemed very excited to see me.”
To read all of Jonathan G’s near death account at NDERF.org, click here.
NDE and Shared Death Experience with Pet Dog
After her heart stops for over four minutes during a heart attack, Jan talks about her deceased dog Maggie greeting her and guiding her to other planes of existence. Jan’s experience reveals that it’s not just people beings that help those who are passing from this life to the next. Her experience also shows that pets are spirit guides too.
What’s exceptional about Jan’s near death experience is that her husband shared her experience too.
Recent research has shown that many people who are not sick share the death experience with their loved ones.
If you’re interested in more information, Raymond Moody who introduced the near death experience to many in his book Life After Life, also provides evidence of people who have shared the experiences of the dying in his book Glimpses of Eternity: An Investigation Into Shared Death Experiences.
Michael’s NDE with His Dog
Michael was 19 years old when he had an NDE and saw his deceased dog
Describing his NDE, Michael says, “…I saw my deceased dog from my childhood bounding towards me. I remember exclaiming her name at the top of my lungs as I saw her bounding towards me…I was so excited to see her again.”
Read Michael’s full NDE here on NDERF.org.
Dogs, Birds, and a Cat in the Afterlife
Beth saw many animals during an NDE:
Beth says, “Surrounding my grandfather, there was a beautiful meadow, with several animals (dogs, birds, a cat) and the colors were very vivid, like in a painting.”
Dogs and Cats Running Happy in Fields
Dogs Came Running and Jumped On Me
Lynn states that during her near death experience, “From the light came two dogs of mine. One was a collie named Mimi who had died three years previously from an infection, and the other was a boxer named Sam who had died two years before after being hit by a car. The dogs came running and jumped on me and kissed my face with their tongues. Their tongues weren’t wet, and I felt no weight when they jumped on me. The dogs seemed to glow from a light that was inside them.”
Read Lynn’s full near death experience here.
George Sees His Horse During NDE
During his near death experience George states, “I seemed to be sitting, lying under a tree. And I remember sort of waking up and I could see this horse coming towards me. And it was my old Jenny. Course, she looked younger, of course and she was, oh, she was so thrilled, so happy you could sense or feel it, I can’t say how, I mean, this is something I can’t explain, but it’s almost as if she was talking to me. It was extraordinary. I couldn’t hear any voice and you don’t expect to hear a horse speak, but it was somehow mentally, I suppose. Now I realize now it must have been as though she was speaking to me, welcoming me.”
Read George’s full account of his near death experience here.
Kustav Meets His Cat During NDE
After being shot in the head by a robber, Kustav leaves his body and floats over to the the grave of his pet cat Elmar. He states the sky went completely black but then he notices a bright white light and follows the light.
Kustav states, “I managed to float into this stream of light. Suddenly, I felt very cold and was shivering. As I was rising, I saw snow flakes. I saw a piece of floating land in the distance. I had one pine tree and covered in snow. I was still so cold, but decided to go to that tree. Below the tree, I heard a meow. I looked down and saw Elmar! Elmar was a white Persian cat. I could not believe it. He was watching me. His beautiful green eyes and long, luscious white fur. Suddenly, I realized I had hands. I was surprised by this. I picked up Elmar. While I held him, he purred. No longer did I feel cold. His fur completely warmed me up and I felt the energy of his love. It was just like old times. I began to cry in feeling of happiness. I could even smell him exactly the was he used to smell. I put him down, and could tell from his purring and rubbing up against me that I would ok.”
Read Kustav’s full account of his near death experience with his cat here.
“Everything About Him Was Bear,” Says Scott of His Cat
Scott sees his black manx cat Bear, who had previously passed, during his near death experience. Scott says that, “Everything about him was Bear… He was looking up at me as [sic} he was walking toward me, and our eyes were connected. It was like I could tell, I don’t want to say could tell what he was thinking, but it was very comforting, a comfort feeling. There was light emanating from him and around, it was like a warm looking orangish yellow kind of light emanating from him. And I went to say… I want to say, I could feel it in my chest wanting to say ‘Beaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrr.'”
Read Scott’s full near death experience with Bear here.
Near Death Experiences With Pets and Research
Only a little research has been done on pets and animals in near death experiences; however, one researcher, P.M.H. Atwater, Lh.D., has taken more notice to this phenomenon than others.
Atwater states in her article “Near-Death Experiences in Children,” that children are more likely to report seeing their beloved pets who had passed. Atwater states, “Children sometimes describe an animal heaven they must visit before they can go to the heaven where people are.”
Atwater also states that from her research people who have near death experiences and meet initial greeters are many times likely to meet “Animals (most often beloved pets who are deceased, yet there are many of non-pets such as horses, lion, or even chickens, who come as ‘guides’ or to deliver a message.”