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Frank L. Hoffman
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Letter from Ellen Katcher Concerning the Death of Her Beloved Companion Animal - 8 Dec 2005

Dear Frank and Mary;

Thank you.

My Tara (a toy poodle) passed away at the end of November. She was almost 15 yrs old.

I miss her terribly. I will get another dog when I am able. Not to replace her (this is impossible), but because I so need the joy and purity of an animal in my world.

My experience with her was that she was much more than just a cute pet.

At times a veil would drop, and I felt as if I was looking into a soul at least as deep as my own.

It is hard to accept that I get an afterlife and she does not. Since I am Jewish by birth I had all but abandoned my own religion (a painful thing to do) because I could find no affirmation therein that animals have souls or an afterlife.

Mr. Coombs and Dr. Middleburgh showed me a light within my own "home" which I plan to pursue.

Thank you for your help.

Ellen Katcher

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Ellen:

We know the loss you've been feeling, as we've been there several times ourselves, but our loving memory of them will always be with us.

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of politicizing of the Bible translations and applications to justify the eating of animals and the cruelty inflicted upon them. One of the first thing they do is deny that animals have souls and spirits, which we're clearly told they do have in the first chapter of Genesis.

God gives us a heart and mind to discern the truth as you have learned simply by looking into Tara's eyes. The veil that dropped then and gave you clear spiritual vision, will also bring the assurance that Tara is in the arms of God waiting for the day that you join her in heaven.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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