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Grieving the death of a cat is a painful process, often complicated by the lack of understanding of just how devastating losing a beloved cat can be. Many of us find comfort in the thought that eventually, we will be reunited with our cherished cats, a thought so widespread that it gave rise to the well known phenomenon of the Rainbow Bridge. In Heavenly Headbutts: Reflections of Hope about Cats and Eternity, Allia Zobel Nolan offers photos, scripture, quotes, affirmations and anecdotes that support her belief that we will see our cats again in the afterlife.
Nolan lost two beloved cats within six months. “To say I was despondent was an understatement,” she writes in the book’s introduction. She read countless books about pet loss, but found reading about struggles with terminal illnesses and end-of-life decisions gut wrenching rather than helpful. “What I needed at this point, for me personally, was a … book that elicited a glimmer of hope.”
Nolan set out to research scripture, the writings of theologians and others who had their own opinions about pets and the afterlife, and found plenty of passages that supported her belief that this life can’t be all there is.
This beautifully illustrated book offers uplifting reflections to soothe a grieving heart. I found myself tearing up repeatedly, remembering the cats of days gone by, and letting myself dream about what it might be like when we’re reunited again.
I personally have always believed that this lifetime can’t be all there is, and that we will be reunited with our loved ones either in the afterlife, or in another lifetime. I consider myself spiritual but not religious. I take a bit of a cafeteria approach to spirituality, taking what resonates with me from different sources and discarding the rest. While this book is heavily rooted in the author’s Christian belief system, I believe that it will offer comfort to anyone grieving the loss of a cat.
Heavenly Headbutts is available from Amazon.
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Interior images provided by the publisher, used with permission