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Candlelight Pet Memorials at Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park

Candlelight Pet Memorials

Candlelight Pet Memorials are facilitated by The Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills on the last Saturday of the month in Calabasas, California.

Have you lost a beloved pet, either recently or long ago?

Join other pet “parents” as we gather to remember and mourn our beloved animals. The Candlelight Pet Memorials are facilitated by Reverend Kathy Lyons, pet lover and parent, and founder of the Animal Ministry at CSLGH!

For many people, pets are family members. Some pet parents and their families experience an overwhelming sense of grief for their pet. Friends and family may not understand or have compassion for this grief and may dismiss or discount it. The CSLGH Animal Ministry supports the belief that all animals are sentient beings as well as the belief that some have that animals have an afterlife. Our ministers and practitioners provide Affirmative Prayer Treatment for anyone who is in pain or needs healing.

At the Pet Memorials we gather together to:

  • share stories, pictures and fond memories of your beloved pet
  • meet other pet parents and support one another
  • be amongst others in the same situation to ease your pain

Candlelight Pet Memorials Detail:

Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring food, snacks, and beverages.

Time: We meet at 3 PM, rain or shine.

The location for the Candlelight Pet Memorials is the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas. We meet rain or shine! The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park is tucked away behind some office buildings that front Ventura Boulevard. Get directions for the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park.

Donation: $6.00 for one candle or four for $20.00.

Pet MEmorials facilitator

Rev. Kathy Lyons

The monthly Candlelight Pet Memorial is facilitated by Reverend Kathy Lyons. Call our Center for more information at 1-818-386-8136.

Our animal ministry meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1 PM at our Center in Granada Hills. Get more information about the CSLGH Animal Ministry here.

How to Guide Your Animal’s End of Life with Spiritual Mind Treatment

Animal End of LifeThis blog post is by Reverend Kathy Lyons. It includes stories about how spiritual mind treatment has helped animal lovers and their animal(s) at end of their life. It includes a free spiritual mind treatment guideline (at the end of this post) that you can use immediately for your animal.

Rev Kathy founded and facilitates the Animal Kinship Ministry group meeting at 1 PM on the first Saturday of each month at Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills.

“Infinite Intelligence illumines and directs this animal. It is a perfect idea in Divine Mind and is always in its right place”

— Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It

As a Spiritual Practitioner, I know that the power of Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) works for everything and everyone, including our beloved animal companions. There is One Mind and we are all interconnected, so we can connect with our beloved animal on a heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul level.

For instance, my cats seem to intuitively know what’s on my mind! I have their carrier at the bottom of my stairs by the front door. I go down stairs a few times a day. However, when it’s time for their dreaded Vet appointment and I walk downstairs, they immediately hide. How could they know? Perhaps it’s because animals are not as intellectually developed as humans. They are much more sensitive to body language, feelings, and good or bad “vibes.”

My cats often know answers to decisions before I do. Several years ago, I wanted to have new flooring put in my kitchen. I had a few contractors come to my home to give an estimate. One man came to my home and sat at my dining room table. Precious, my very gregarious Siamese didn’t like this man. His short hair stood up all over his body, including his tail! I knew Precious was telling me not to hire this man, as Precious is usually everyone’s friend.

There is a deep emotional connection with my beloved companions as well. They know when I’m upset. When I was a teenager and had an upsetting day, my cute tabby cat Botchie, would snuggle up to me. And I remember the family dog, John, a Springer Spaniel, was particularly sensitive. A friend of my mother’s came over, very upset about something and crying. John sat beside her, and put his paw on her lap. He knew when to comfort people in distress.

Due to this deep bond with our animals, it’s possible to intuit our animal‘s needs as well. During meditation, I ask for guidance and if there’s anything I need to know for my animal.

One of the times when it’s important to get in touch with Divine Guidance is at the end of our beloved’s life. This is a painful time, as we must make a decision: Do we attempt to extend their life on earth with veterinary treatment? Is it time to euthanize our sweet companion? Or, the other option, give “hospice” care and simply provide comfort until their end of life? There is no one “right” answer; every situation is unique. Discuss the matter with your Vet, and ask your inner voice of wisdom on what is in the highest good for your companion. Here are examples of the three options: Medical Intervention, Euthanasia, or Hospice.

Medical Intervention for Your Animal’s End of Life

My good friend, Barbara, had a beautiful Main Coon cat named Gus. She adopted him in 2002. When Gus was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his back leg, Barbara chose surgery. When the tumor came back, Gus required an amputation. She was able to get financial support via Go Fund Me as well as from family. After the surgery, Gus did have some challenges. He wasn’t eating, and he lost some blood. Barbara was faced with a decision, so she asked me to provide prayer support (Spiritual Mind Treatment) on what was needed to achieve Gus’s highest good.

Gus received Spiritual Prayer Treatment for healing after surgery

Gus received Spiritual Prayer Treatment for his highest good after surgery

After the spiritual treatment, Gus began to recover, adjusting to his missing leg. He became more content. In this case, Barbara tuned in to what was best for Gus, and surgery was the answer.

When Euthanasia Is the Right Option for Your Animal

Sometimes, euthanasia is the best option for your loved one. It is painful, but I believe your animal will let you know when it’s time. In 1998, my darling Daisy, a gorgeous tortoiseshell cat, quit eating. She was only thirteen and a half, and her symptoms came on so suddenly, so I was completely unprepared (like is anyone ever prepared) to lose her. The vet said she had liver problems. She did have some medical treatment; however, she wasn’t getting any better. She was getting thinner and was constantly trying to crawl under furniture.

I had a prayer partner at the time and we did Spiritual Mind Treatment for guidance. I knew that Daisy was telling me it was time to go. I’ve observed that animals do not fear death; it’s like they accept it as a natural part of their evolution. I mourned her loss, and seventeen years later, I still miss that cat! We went through so much together. She was a comfort to me when my Dad died, as well as during my divorce.

Most vets will allow you to spend some time with your “child” before they give the final shot. Also, you may stay in the room so he or she leaves this planet with their trusted guardian. There is in-home euthanasia available (see link at the end of this blog).

When Euthanasia is NOT an Option for Your Animal

Euthanasia is not an option for a healthy animal because the guardian decided the animal isn’t working out in their home. If there is a reason that you cannot be a guardian (i.e. moving to a place that does not allow animals), please look to finding a new home or surrender the animal to a no-kill shelter or pet adoption.

If your animal has a behavior problem, there are experts who can help with changing their behavior. If your animal is peeing or pooping in an inappropriate place, take him or her to the vet because there could be a medical problem. Sometimes, they are giving you a message. Get in touch with what they are trying to tell you. I had a cat named George who would poop outside his litter box. He walked out of the cat box room with this head ducked, so he knew it wasn’t right. When I took out the carpet in that room and replaced it with flooring, he resumed using the litter box. I speculate that George smelled the previous cats that previously lived here (his “cousins” Molly and Suki, my brother’s female cats).

Is Hospice The Right Choice for Your Animal?

Hospice is another option. In 2003, my cat, Sweetie, was diagnosed with mammary cancer. The Vet said she could have surgery and chemotherapy. I knew this was an option, but I treated (affirmatively prayed) for guidance for the highest and best for her. I declined on the medical treatment, but I didn’t feel it was yet time for euthanasia. She was still eating and wasn’t in pain. I brought her home and let her live as long as she was comfortable. When I could tell it was her time (she quit eating and became quit thin), I made the decision to put her down (and send her to the Rainbow Bridge).

Many people opt to let their baby make their transition naturally at home as well. Also, there are some vets who will come to your home to administer the shot in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their home.

Remember, tune in to guidance about the right decision that is in the highest and best for your animal, and not your own personal attachment. I would love my cats to live forty years, but currently that is not possible.

Spiritual Mind Treatment – Guidance and Intuition Regarding Your Animal

Affirmative Prayer Treatment is a form of prayer used by Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science and author of The Science of Mind as well as many other metaphysical works. A treatment is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation. If you want to manifest a certain condition (perfect health, wealth, or relationships for example), say the treatment out loud as the truth, knowing that it is so!

Here is a Free Spiritual Mind Treatment for Guidance for Your Animal(s). Feel free to use this to seek answers for your animal(s). Simply fill in your animal’s name in the blank spaces provided, and say the Spiritual Mind Treatment aloud for best results

I recognize there is One Power and that is the Power of God. God is love, compassion, kindness, guidance, wisdom, and intuition. I am One with God; therefore, I embody God’s love, compassion, kindness, guidance, and intuition. Everything in the Universe is a perfect expression and manifestation of God, including all animals.

My companion(s), __________________ (name) and I were brought together my Divine Appointment. I am loving, , compassionate, and kind to them, as well as all living creatures. I am in tune with in inner wisdom and guidance. All decisions I make are in the best interest of the health and well-being of my beloved___________________. I see them as perfect expressions of God, so I treat _____________________ with reference and love. I tune in to what is in my beloved highest and best. We have heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul connection, so I intuitively make the right decisions about my baby’s health, comfort, and well-being. I embody wisdom to know whatever is needed for my beloved companion,_______________. If it is in his/her highest good to stay on this Earth Plane, then I am guided to the right and perfect health care for ________________’s physical body. If it is time for my beloved to cross the Rainbow Bridge, I make that decision out of love for _________________. I honor my fur/feathered/scaled baby in whatever way is appropriate. I am guided to right veterinarian, health care, and any support that I need. Every choice I make is out of pure love for my companion. I feel complete peace, and trust.

I know for any animal that needs a home, that the love they are seeking is seeking them. Therefore, they are drawn to the right and perfect guardian.

I give thanks for the health and well-being of my beloved__________________, and for ALL living creatures. With gratitude and appreciation, I release these words into the Loving Mind of God, knowing it is so. And so it is.

I give thanks for the heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul connection with my beloved companion. I have gratitude for the guidance, wisdom, and intuition that I have for making all the right decisions. I release these words into the Infinite Mind, knowing it is so. And so it is. Amen.

Helpful Links to animal resources in the Los Angeles area and beyond:

www.lapetcemetery.com – cremation and burial for pets

www.lapoflove.com – Hospice

la.bestfriends.org – Adoption

www.lapoflove.com – Hospice and in home euthanasia

thepetshow.com – Warren Eckstein, Animal Behaviorist

Join our Animal Kinship Ministry on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 1 PM. If you have any questions, visit the Animal Kinship Ministry page on our website or call our Center at 1-818-363-8136. You can also email Rev. Kathy for a Spiritual Mind Treatment for you and/or your animal.

Cat photo by Serena on Flickr. Some Rights Reserved. We recommend you visit this photo page and read the description. It is a sweet remembrance!

Annual Pet Memorial Service on August 9, 2014

Pet MemorialThis year’s annual Pet Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 9th, at 1 PM in the sanctuary.

Join us for this special memorial service, honoring all pets and pet owners, facilitated by Revs Kathy Lyons and Jessica Fish.

According to Rev. Kathy, “We have regular Animal Kinship Ministry meetings on the 2nd Saturday each month, but our annual service is more focused. We’ve found this helps many pet owners who never had a venue or a place to go to grieve the loss of their pet and have been grieving in silence for years.”

Pet owners are welcome to bring photos of their pets, share their love and (if appropriate) memories of a pet who has made their transition. We have an altar for the pet photos, and people can come to share in more detail what their pet meant to them and share their grief. Each person can share if they want to or just listen. The service will include prayer and meditation.

For more information about our Pet Memorial Service or the Animal Kinship Ministry at our Center, visit our webpage or contact Rev. Kathy Lyons by email or call her at 818-891-6933.