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Product Details

  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; Originally Published: Escondido, CA: EnLighthouse Pub., c2003; ISBN-10: 1-4019-0889-6(tradepaper); ISBN-13: 978-1-4019-0889-8(trade); 1st printing: January 2006; 8th printing: January, 2011; Printed in the USA. edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401908896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401908898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...A must read masterpiece!" -- Celebrity Newsmagazine

"If you've ever wondered about this subject, this is a must read! It touches your heart and stimulates your mind!" -- Allen M. Schoen, MS, DVM, author of Kindred Spirits and Love, Miracles and Animal Healing

"Much, much here for reflection, for insight, and for inner peace for all who have loved and lost an animal." -- Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers & Healers

"Presented in an intelligent and down-to-earth manner, this book will surely touch the lives of animal lovers everywhere." -- Jack Canfield, Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

"This uplifting book is a real page-turner! Kim's unique life experiences and compassion make this book a tremendously healing gift!" -- Gretchen Wyler, Vice President of The Humane Society of the United States, Hollywood Office --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book offers hundreds of pages of real-life experiences that provide tremendous evidence of an afterlife for animals. The material presented in this book is so compelling that it has turned diehard skeptics into believers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kim Sheridan grew up in Southern California, surrounded by animals of various shapes and sizes, and she fell in love with rats before society had a chance to tell her not to. As a young child, she was known as the "neighborhood vet," often nurturing injured baby birds with an eyedropper feeder and a warm bed. She seemed to have an extra-special connection to animals and an ability to communicate with them. Kim spent her summers on her grandparents' ranch in west Texas, where she developed special friendships with dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ducks, cows, and a special wild deer named Buck. Kim spent her free time drawing animals and writing about them, and she won numerous awards for her works. She also had special abilities she didn't fully understand, and from a very early age, she was fascinated with paranormal phenomena and the afterlife. Throughout her childhood, Kim was often found dividing her time between nurturing animals in her care, and looking for evidence of life after death. She attempted to capture ghosts on film and tape, and she entertained family members with various other attempts at contacting the Other Side. At the time, it never occurred to her to include animals in her search for life after death.

As an adult, Kim's life changed direction. First, she earned degrees in Psychology and Clinical Hypnotherapy. Then, she studied health and nutrition; earned a degree in Naturopathy; and became a respected health writer, researcher, and nutritional consultant. Along with her husband, she co-authored the book, Uncooking with Jameth and Kim, and co-founded HealthForce Nutritionals, Inc., which offers nutritional supplements worldwide for both humans and animals (including the famous Green Mush'). Kim never outgrew her childhood interests, however. Her spare time was spent exploring the spiritual path, as well as volunteering for various organizations on behalf of animals. Being a devoted animal lover, she also operated a dog walking and pet-sitting service, and she began welcoming rescued rats into her home (which has become known as the Rat Refuge and provides sanctuary for a multitude of very happy rescued rats).

While grieving the loss of a beloved animal companion, Kim unexpectedly began to receive signs and messages from the Other Side. This led her on an incredible journey into the realm of animals and the afterlife, bringing her full circle to the path begun in childhood. Today she is a highly respected and sought after expert on life after death for animals, and her time is devoted not only to animals but to those who are left behind when they pass.

Kim Sheridan is a popular guest on radio and television; and she is an acclaimed lecturer and workshop leader, providing support to those whose beloved animal companions have passed. She is also the founder of Compassion Circle, with a mission to expand the circle of compassion to all beings. Kim has been listed in "Who's Who in Executives and Professionals", "2,000 Notable American Women", and "Great Minds of the 21st Century". She lives in Southern California with her husband and their beloved animal family. Her goal is to make the world a better place, and to teach compassion and respect for all.

Customer Reviews

Of all the books that I have read on the subject, this is by far the best.
Richard L. Southworth
By reading this book it gave me hope and a feeling he is still here and we will see him in Heaven.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has lost their beloved pet.
Antonia Gravink

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168 of 170 people found the following review helpful By J. King on September 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've read several books on this subject and this book is the best. The stories are heartwarming and miraculous!
If you've ever lost a beloved pet, then this is the book to read.
The loss of a pet can be so overwhelming. With this book, you know you are not alone in your grief. You will also know that your pet, without a doubt lives on and is most likely is still with you! You will know what signs to look for by hearing others tell their inspirational stories!
What a gift this book is, in the presence of grief!!
It is very well written and will keep you turning the pages for more.
I would highly recommend!!!! The value is priceless to someone who has lost a beloved animal companion.
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140 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Ace VINE VOICE on December 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
As, for me -- I Do believe. And this book opens my eyes even further, to the wonderful, sometimes very spiritual connection we have with our animal companions (be they horse, cat, dog, goldfish, rat - and others) in this life and beyond.
Even those who consider themselves skeptics, I believe, might find themselves resonating with specific narratives -- perhaps even, in their hearts, saying to themselves "This happened to me once!!!"
"Anima" is the ancient Latin word for "soul" -- just add an "L" to "Anima" and what do you get? This book is a fitting tribute to those non-human beings who shower us with unconditional love and devotion, and whose actions towards us sometimes go far beyond the call of duty, these pets who touch our souls and emotions, even after their deaths, with a love and concern sometimes far above what we expect in this world.
I think Kim Sheridan (who shows a great compassion, love and sensitivity towards her animal companions) has done a masterful job in putting this book together; I especially admire the way she puts specific narratives together in certain sections. I know this book must have been a labor of love.
Mahatma Ghandi once said something about how "a nation is known by the way it treats its animals". Well, this book, "Animals and the Afterlife" is populated not only by a wonderful "nation" of caring human beings, but especially by a fascinating array of loving, caring pets who even after dying have not forgotten the beloved people with whom they shared their lives.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Howard on October 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is BY FAR the most comprehensive and fascinating book on this subject. The author has done an amazing job of covering the topic from so many different angles and so many different people's experiences, including her own. Another review said she talked about animal communication in the book, but that's just one of many, many topics she covers. This book is about far more than that! What I like about it is it isn't just about theories or interpretations. It's about actual evidence that can't be explained away. I like that the author herself started out as a skeptic, so she had to be convinced of things herself and clearly isn't just telling people what she thinks they want to hear. This book provided SO much comfort for me, and I know it will for so many others who are also looking for answers. No other book on this subject has even come close to providing the healing gift this book has given to me! I also like that it contains stories about so many different types of animals. Not only are there tons of stories about dogs and cats, but also stories about horses, bunnies, birds, rats, and even goldfish! Kim Sheridan is a wonderfully gifted author and such an Angel. Her heart, soul, and deep caring are so evident. Her beautiful and fascinating story is also throughout the book. Very well written, it kept me turning the pages. Wow! 414 pages has never gone so fast! I didn't want it to end! Highly recommended.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Leslie on September 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I think it likely that this book will in some way permanently change the consciousness of every animal lover -- whether believer, skeptic, or agnostic. the writing style is lucid and accessible, and the contents so compelling that I devoured it in record time.

Central to the book are scores of first-person accounts of contact with beloved animal companions from the "other side." The informants' demographics cut broadly across regional, cultural, educational and career lines. Ms. Sheridan adds her own commentaries, placing each anecdote in a more general context. These range from humane issues to metaphysical wisdom. Her own profound connection to animals provides a through-line of touching personal experiences and incisive observations as well. Types of "other-side" contact can take many forms, and Ms. Sheridan devotes a chapter to each. These include visual (in both dreams and waking visions), as well as hearing, smell, and touch. Some people receive messages through mediums or animal communicators.

While these are inescapably stories involving loss, tragedy, and grief, I found them uplifting rather than depressing. Each is a moving testament to the kind of love which can bind together individuals of different species, even beyond death. Each account attains closure with spiritual comfort, consolation and hope. The chapter on grief provides such wise counsel and compassionate insights, that it should be required reading for all veterinary and shelter personnel, as well as clergy and psychologists. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with grief over the passing of a beloved animal companion, or who is facing such a loss. It will also be interesting to anyone curious about the spiritual aspect of animals.
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