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The BrightHaven Guide to Animal Hospice Online Learning Series

In the The BrightHaven Guide to Animal Hospice series, BrightHaven Co-Founders Gail and Richard Pope are thrilled to share what they’ve learned since 1990 by following the wisdom of the animals. It’s all about living well through the last breath!

We’ve partnered with e-trainingfordogs.com to make this material available in an online, self-paced format.

BrightHaven is unique because of the way we work and the results we get. In this series, Gail and Richard lead you through our Menu for Healing for the best quality of life and optimal balance at every life stage, and through the most peaceful and loving dying process.

Gail and Richard tell you more about the series in this video:

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***Classes are open to all animal lovers***

Introducing the First Module, The Gentle Shift

In this course, Gail and Richard paint for you a simple picture of their healing philosophy by demonstrating how they progressively learned about holistic healthcare, embraced new concepts and witnessed healing miracles. For instance, they explain what happened when, with great trepidation, they completely changed their trusted commercial diet to one based on raw meat.

Gail and Richard also share how a beautiful black cat profoundly shifted their thinking about natural death.

Not only will you see one-of-a-kind photos, you learn how to care for your animal from the holistic philosophy as practiced at BrightHaven. This information will also help you to define your own approach to animal wellness and hospice care.

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Praise for this class:

“I’m so enjoying this first new e-course, especially designed by Gail Pope of BrightHaven.

Gail has spent a lifetime nurturing all animals especially seniors (16 years plus), caring for & nourishing them on all levels during their golden years and through to the end of their lives.

Working with Gail last year was inspirational & helped to change my mindset & my perceptions of living & dying.

Gail’s mission is for the healing of body, mind & spirit &, as she says in her book “The BrightHaven Guide to Animal Hospice”, ‘…..for some animals, healing will bring about a new balance for the physical & emotional, leading to renewed, healthier, & longer life. For others, healing as we understand it is still necessary as preparation for death & the journey beyond’.”
—Jan K.

What you can expect to learn from The Gentle Shift (Course Objectives):

  • Understand BrightHaven’s Menu for Healing and why it is so important to an animal’s wellbeing
  • Follow the evolution of the Menu for Healing
  • Find out the difference between healing and cure
  • Discover BrightHaven’s path to natural death
  • Learn about the healing power of love and why it appears in the Menu for Healing twice
  • …and much more!

To enhance your learning experience, we’ve included a quiz at the end the module. You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion once you’ve successfully finished the course.

The Animal Dying Experience

BrightHaven’s Gail and Richard Pope have been present at more than 600 animal deaths and share their firsthand knowledge in The Animal Dying Experience.

In this two-part course, Gail and Richard will take you through the final stages of the animal dying experience and how this very special time of life is approached and honored at BrightHaven. They also offer some practical things that can be done by the caregiver for hospice support, which is focused on the animal’s comfort and wellbeing.

You will discover that the dying process and death are nothing to fear, which is one more important life lesson from the animals.

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What you can expect to learn from The Animal Dying Experience (Course Objectives):

PART 1

  • Understand BrightHaven’s animal hospice and end-of-life philosophy, including a little on the subject of quality of life.
  • Receive an outline of the 1-3 month period before death.
  • Discover the importance of grieving with loved ones before death, a lesson from the animals.
  • See a breakdown of events from two weeks to just days and minutes leading to death.
  • Learn helpful suggestions for the person companioning the animal.

PART 2

  • Learn BrightHaven’s philosophy on natural death and euthanasia.
  • Discover why the Vigil, the time right before death, is for being, not doing.
  • Learn the four types of death experienced at BrightHaven.
  • Understand how BrightHaven’s beloved animals are honored after death
  • Receive more insights about grief.

This module also introduces a Quality of Dying Checklist, a tool designed to help those who have chosen the natural path to death for their animal, to assess the animal’s wellbeing at any time within the dying process.

To enhance your learning experience, we’ve included a quiz at the end of each module. You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion once you’ve successfully finished the course.

RACE Credits for The Animal Dying Experience

We are proud to announce that The Animal Dying Experience module was  approved by the RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education) board!

Why is this approval so important? Now, veterinarians and veterinary technicians who complete this module will earn CEUs (continuing education units).

The RACE board is notoriously tough on applicants and many vets and teaching facilities have had their applications dismissed.   

This approval and endorsement for our work really is huge and means we can now attract the veterinary community to our education program.

Testimonials for BrightHaven’s Work

Gail, Richard & Bailey
Gail, Richard & Bailey

“Thank you for modeling the way in terms of holistic animal care. I know my life has been transformed because of my time at BrightHaven.”
—Diane H.

“I appreciate your work so much, and I am so grateful that there are such resources after all. God bless you for this work… I know you already know how many of us need this kind of assistance in making the ending days of our beloved companions as rich as they can be.”
—Michael B.

“What you have done for my life, and for the lives of my family, and what you continue to do………..you bring peace where there is agony, and wisdom to confusion.”
—Jay B.

“As I left I realised how apt the name BrightHaven is for this special, one of a kind animal sanctuary. It is a haven for these animals no doubt, but the love, care, hope and dedication shines a light so bright that it could not help but move my heart and affect me in a profound way. As I continue to learn more about BrightHaven, its forward vision and the stories of the animal residents I feel truly blessed I was able to visit such an inspiring, thought provoking institution.”
—Carolyn T.