Saying Goodbye to Two Beloved BrightHaven Beauties

Saying Goodbye to Two Beloved BrightHaven Beauties

BrightHaven’s President & Co-Founder Gail Pope recently wrote loving tributes to these two magnificent souls, Chelsea and Talya. Farewell to Chelsea the Beautiful: A New Butterfly Soars   “I am writing to you all today to share the news of our dear Chelsea’s passing on Friday 28th July shortly before 5am – a time you … Read more…

2016 Was Exciting Year for BrightHaven Education Program!

2016 Was Exciting Year for BrightHaven Education Program!

It’s always important to take time to celebrate accomplishments, and the start of a new year is the perfect time to do just that! Key Accomplishments for Our Education Program BrightHaven’s primary goal for 2016 was to expand our education program so that we could share with the community what we’ve learned over the years … Read more…

A Practical Way You Can Help Bring Comfort to Dying Animals

A Practical Way You Can Help Bring Comfort to Dying Animals

Melissa recently contacted Gail for a consultation regarding her treasured cat Dexter. About a year and a half ago, he was diagnosed with a cancerous nasal tumor near his right eye. The journey that Dexter and Melissa shared was challenging, and they found Gail’s ongoing animal hospice support extremely helpful. To honor Dexter and to … Read more…

How to Help Your Animal Live Well Through the Last Breath!

How to Help Your Animal Live Well Through the Last Breath!

At BrightHaven, we often say that it’s all about living well through the last breath! But what exactly does that mean? Living Well Though the Last Breath the BrightHaven Way BrightHaven is unique because of the way we work and the results we get. Our Menu for Healing forms the foundation of our work. It … Read more…

How to Expand Your Understanding of the Animal Dying Experience

How to Expand Your Understanding of the Animal Dying Experience

We are excited to announce the newest module in our The BrightHaven Guide to Animal Hospice series! 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 … Read more…

Welcome to BrightHaven’s New Online Learning Series!

Welcome to BrightHaven’s New 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 … Read more…

My Animal is Dying–Can You Help Me Please?

My Animal is Dying–Can You Help Me Please?

BrightHaven is unique because of the way we work and the results we get. Our Menu for Healing, which is the foundation of our work, focuses on the best quality of life at all stages, all the way to the most peaceful and loving dying process. The goal is to achieve optimal balance of body, … Read more…

Celebrating the Life of a BrightHaven Lion

Celebrating the Life of a BrightHaven Lion

Gail Pope’s heartfelt farewell (see below) to Tarka clearly shows BrightHaven’s key tenets, which also apply to animal hospice care: Animals are sentient beings, capable of conscious awareness, feeling and suffering. They deserve an environment and conditions that allow them to achieve a state of well being throughout their entire lives. Animals are always true … Read more…

What Forms the Foundation of the Best Animal Hospice Care?

What Forms the Foundation of the Best Animal Hospice Care?

The answer to this riddle: human hospice care! Guidelines for Human Hospice Care The guidelines for hospice care for humans have been very carefully created over many years and form the foundation for animal hospice upon which we must all build: Hospice is a special philosophy of care designed to provide comfort, support and dignity … Read more…

What a Beautiful Cat Taught Us About Natural Death

What a Beautiful Cat Taught Us About Natural Death

Once again, one of our animals helped to shift our thinking and led us to the natural path of death, which became part of BrightHaven’s Menu for Healing. BrightHaven’s Gail Pope shares Mariah’s story: “In BrightHaven’s early years there was no such thing as natural death for us, as we believed euthanasia was always the … Read more…