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Paranormal encounters may prove beneficial for grieving pet owners


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I've heard so many deceased pet paranormal stories over the years (including objective things like photographic and video evidence) that I am a believer that this is a genuine phenomenon.

And further even if a person misinterprets something to be from their deceased pet this is also apparently a positive thing too from this study.

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Whether or not the phenomena is real, believing you’re in contact with your beloved deceased pet is a perfectly understandable coping mechanism. It’s undoubtedly the reason behind many such stories no different than those of lost human loved ones. Sir Oliver Lodge and his son Raymond whom he lost in the Great War is the quintessential example of such a circumstance.

For anyone who finds such stories about lost four legged companions comforting, (whether you believe or not doesn’t really matter in the end), I highly recommend Elliott O’Donnell’s Animal Ghosts. 

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Of all the pet animals I have had there are always memories, both happy and sad.

Just thinking about them brings back the bonded feeling and I agree that it is good for you to feel it.

@Antigonos thank you for the book recommendation, it is on my list to read.

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Fantasy is always preferable to reality 

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My best dog ever Shady is still around at times, just a shadow and felt her fur on my leg. It's very real to me but I feel she needs to go to her final destination, that would comfort me. The blue and white one in pic.

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12 hours ago, openozy said:

My best dog ever Shady is still around at times, just a shadow and felt her fur on my leg. It's very real to me but I feel she needs to go to her final destination, that would comfort me. The blue and white one in pic.

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@openozy Good Looking dogs, are they greyhound ?

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On 4/16/2024 at 3:08 PM, Lucia62 said:

Of all the pet animals I have had there are always memories, both happy and sad.

Just thinking about them brings back the bonded feeling and I agree that it is good for you to feel it.

@Antigonos thank you for the book recommendation, it is on my list to read.

You’re very welcome. Elliott O’Donnell was an Irish late 19th/early 20th century self styled “ghost hunter” who wrote a number of enjoyable books filled with lots of obscure, localized lore he recorded during his travels throughout the British Isles. I enjoy them mostly for the historical content: tales of families long extinct, old customs and ways of life now disappeared, and places either gone now or completely changed beyond recognition. It’s like traveling back in time and having him as your tour guide as you journey together from place to place. There are a couple of other English writers who were contemporary with him whose works also evoke the same feelings.

 

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On 4/16/2024 at 12:40 PM, Antigonos said:

Whether or not the phenomena is real, believing you’re in contact with your beloved deceased pet is a perfectly understandable coping mechanism. It’s undoubtedly the reason behind many such stories no different than those of lost human loved ones.

I truly do not understand why such experiences would be comforting. There's no reality to them (apart from the psychological) and whilst I understand the difficulty of losing a beloved pet, the last thing I would hope for is that it somehow continues to exist somewhere, someplace.

It's just the weirdest, most selfish thing to wish for, and I truly don't get it.

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26 minutes ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

I truly do not understand why such experiences would be comforting. There's no reality to them (apart from the psychological) and whilst I understand the difficulty of losing a beloved pet, the last thing I would hope for is that it somehow continues to exist somewhere, someplace.

It's just the weirdest, most selfish thing to wish for, and I truly don't get it.

I think ultimately it’s a form of hope which comes from a deep sense of loss and grief,  and needing to believe that the animal’s personality, love for their owner and memories aren’t rendered extinct by death. They live in the hope that one day when the owner passes, its pet or pets will be there waiting for them to be united.  

People don’t tend to think about the unpleasant possibilities that might confront their pet’s soul in a hypothetical afterlife. Who for example wants to think that their companion may be stick in limbo, lost, lonely, and confused, or terrified because it doesn’t understand what has happened to it?

I get your point of view. My take is that it’s an emotional thing, not grounded in logic. I think even individuals who apply critical thinking processes in every other facet of their lives will instead think with their hearts when coming to terms with the death of a pet. The grief can be that deep and consuming. 

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On 4/16/2024 at 12:07 PM, UM-Bot said:

New research has highlighted how perceived contact with a deceased pet can have therapeutic benefits.

https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/376281/paranormal-encounters-may-prove-beneficial-for-grieving-pet-owners

I am adamant disbeliever in paranormal because getting past a few believers who make claim and come up empty handed there simple is no evidence to support paranormal

I don't see this idea a passed away pet coming back any different a passed human and it's based in the mind of the grieving person

That said some people find such encounters very comforting and thas great sadly it doesn't end there we have a zillion dollar industry of charlatans who grift off the greaving and using pain for cash gain is a great definition of pure evil.

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57 minutes ago, Antigonos said:

People don’t tend to think about the unpleasant possibilities that might confront their pet’s soul in a hypothetical afterlife. Who for example wants to think that their companion may be stick in limbo, lost, lonely, and confused, or terrified because it doesn’t understand what has happened to it?

That would be the first thing I would think of if I believed in an afterlife. But since I don't, it's not a concern.

1 hour ago, Antigonos said:

I think ultimately it’s a form of hope which comes from a deep sense of loss and grief,  and needing to believe that the animal’s personality, love for their owner and memories aren’t rendered extinct by death. They live in the hope that one day when the owner passes, its pet or pets will be there waiting for them to be united.  

Yes I get that, but how exactly do they think they will be reunited? Definitely not in their original forms. Some kind of invisible, barely detectable form of energy? What kind of a reunion would that be? It's not my intent to upset people here or challenge their beliefs/hopes in any way as I understand that losing a loved one is difficult. It's just that for me personally, not having such beliefs or hopes makes accepting loss much easier.

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8 hours ago, Lucia62 said:

@openozy Good Looking dogs, are they greyhound ?

The blue one was whippet cross staghound and the white one, whippet cross greyhound. I still have the white one Tilly. I did pest control on rabbits with them in Oz.

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45 minutes ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

That would be the first thing I would think of if I believed in an afterlife. But since I don't, it's not a concern.

Yes I get that, but how exactly do they think they will be reunited? Definitely not in their original forms. Some kind of invisible, barely detectable form of energy? What kind of a reunion would that be? It's not my intent to upset people here or challenge their beliefs/hopes in any way as I understand that losing a loved one is difficult. It's just that for me personally, not having such beliefs or hopes makes accepting loss much easier.

In 2014 dad 89 went back into hospital for the last time I knew this, the step family never liked or respected me only tolerated me I believe they really thought he would recover, the last day as he going down one of the last things he said was to my step mother that when she got to the pearly gates he would be there waiting for her, I think more to ease her, I wasn't there that day and I'm okay with that and my step brother when he called to invite me to the funeral made it clear that he had my dad sign a new will a day or two before his death. ( Leaving step mom everything )

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4 minutes ago, the13bats said:

In 2014 dad 89 went back into hospital for the last time I knew this, the step family never liked or respected me only tolerated me I believe they really thought he would recover, the last day as he going down one of the last things he said was to my step mother that when she got to the pearly gates he would be there waiting for her, I think more to ease her, I wasn't there that day and I'm okay with that and my step brother when he called to invite me to the funeral made it clear that he had my dad sign a new will a day or two before his death. ( Leaving step mom everything )

As if losing your father wasn't difficult and painful enough, that insufferable step family of yours made sure you lost everything else too. I'm sorry you had to go through that.

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10 minutes ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

As if losing your father wasn't difficult and painful enough, that insufferable step family of yours made sure you lost everything else too. I'm sorry you had to go through that.

It's all good, my wife brings a point of view I never had before,

My dad about a month before he passed had me sell his avanti car, for years he wanted me to have it, I even a time or two told him he could give it to whoever he wanted but when that time come he called me from his shop to be alone told me it's not what he wanted but was he guessed what it had to be, keep in mind he's dying last thing I gave a f about was a car, he said he hoped to understood without him explaining, I assured him all was okay.

I sold it for him then at the funeral my step mother ran up to me when I came in and started to rail I didn't get enough for it, I told her how sorry I was that she misunderstood and the person who took the buyers offer wasn't me it was the fellow in the coffin, go talk to him.

The parlor director took me aside told me they had been complaining all day about everything

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I can see how being probed by aliens would reduce your grief for your lost pet.  New problems tend to distract us from old problems.

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