When Is The best Time To Die?
Knowing whether our animal companions want our assistance to leave their body, or whether they prefer to leave in their natural time is sometimes difficult. Our emotions get in the way to clearly hear and know what our animals want or need. Choosing euthanasia can sometimes leave us with doubt; did we do this too soon? Did we wait too long? Despite my practice in Buddhist teachings and meditation, and taking vows not to destroy life, I have come to honor my animals and their choices, hence euthanizing some who were severely suffering. I am still not convinced whether this act of kindness has been in the highest good for their soul’s journey. What if suffering is a part of our soul’s contract - agreements we might have made before birth to the experiences and encounters in this lifetime that shape our lives, give meaning and help us to evolve and grow? Perhaps suffering burns off karma for our next lifetime? As one Zen monk proposed, “We don’t euthanize people. Why do we euthanize animals?”
That being said, I do my best as an animal communicator to honor what the animal has chosen, or to support the animal’s person in their decision. I listen to my intuition, and leave my personal philosophy out of it. Because I, Diana, do not know what is best.
I do know that an animal can appear much worse than they actually are, and therefore may not be ready to cross over, despite their appearance, lack of appetite and energy level. Recently I was asked to talk to a horse who was to be put down that afternoon at 3 P.M. After two failed attempts to get him standing, Double Dutch remained recumbent. Apparently in pain, he had been down for sixteen hours, which can cause a horse’s muscles to atrophy. Knowing he had former hip and knee injuries, his people believed he would never walk again. A euthanasia appointment was scheduled, and I was called to tell Double Dutch how much he would be missed, and to ask him if there was anything he would like his people to know before he passed.
The horse clearly told me he wasn’t ready to die, that he needed some time. He told me he would stand again. I heard the word “acupuncture.” When I scanned his body, I felt severe stiffness in his mid back area and a dull ache shooting down toward his anus. “Chiropractor” entered my mind, as I felt a vertebrae in this area that might be out of alignment and pressing down on a nerve. His entire right side (his injury was on left side) was in severe discomfort.
As I spoke to his people over the phone, Double Dutch stood up! His people canceled the euthanasia appointment. Their horse has continued to stand and trot. The acupuncturist and chiropractor are both working to lessen the horse’s pain and bring him back into balance.
Ernie, a beautiful orange tabby cat, was to be euthanized that afternoon. His appetite was dwindling, and all the medication given to maintain his quality of life was no longer working. This was the second euthanasia appointment - the first appointment had been canceled, after Ernie had run under the bed.
Ernie told me his time was soon, and that he would welcome assistance, if this is what his person Jill wanted, but he did not want to go that afternoon. He welcomed the healing Jill was sending him. “It relaxes me. I like the feeling. It’s love that I feel. Jill is sending me love. This is fine with me. She doesn’t have to stop. I am uncomfortable at times, but it’s not unbearable. I will tell her when I’m ready.”