There is something powerful and lasting about the bond between a pet and its human. When this bond is broken through the death of that pet, the loss can be just as devastating as losing a human loved one.
Cheryl Hiebert, Master’s of Divinity, is the founder of Sacred Journeys Healing Centre which offers holistic therapies and guidance both in groups and one-on-one to help empower people to find their own healing path.
Hiebert lost her dog Willow to lymphoma, an experience that led her to start work on a book about pet loss and working through the grieving process. The book, Losing Willow — Grieving The Loss of An Animal Companion, deals with celebrating an animal companion, the types of loss/grief, the stages of grief, how and when to let go of a pet, treasuring the memories and a grief journal to record feelings and thoughts.
Hiebert says the book is for anyone who has experienced this kind of powerful relationship or perhaps would like to explore it.
“Our evolution as a human /spiritual being may be this: If we can love that way, if we can love our animal companion so deeply and so unconditionally and learn from the lessons of life and loss, and can we then extend that love to all humans, perhaps that is our challenge and ultimately our success,” she said.
She has entered her book in The Next Top Spiritual Author Competition, developed by James Twyman and Robert Evans, creators of the Messenger Mini-Book Program, who recognized how difficult it was for emerging authors to get their work published. The winner will be offered a publishing contract from the California-based Hampton Roads Publishing Companywhich specializes in new age, spiritual, holistic, healing and alternative material.
Voters read sample chapters online and cast their vote, a process that advanced Hiebert to round two based on her high combined voter and assessment scores. She is now one step closer to becoming the Next Top Spiritual Author.
Writing a book about healing is second nature to Hiebert, who has studied holistic therapies for more than 15 years. She is accredited with many different organizations dealing with wellness and healing including the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, The Canadian Reiki Association, Canadian Association of Specialized Kinesiology, and Touch 4 Health Education (Dr. John Thie). She is also an AngelTherapy® Practitioner certified in spiritual counselling and healing techniques, and after further training with Dr. Doreen Virtue is now a certified medium.
She shares her extensive knowledge in a variety of workshops she teaches at St. Lawrence College, and CKWS TV is also running an ongoing series of TV segments featuring her entitled: “Your Health and Wellness Tips.” She is also launching a series of workshops for women entitled, “Awaken Your Inner Goddess.”
Hiebert believes that all healing is self-healing and everybody has the ability to tap into that ability to both heal and empower themselves. She also believes that you must take responsibility for your own health and wellness; physically, mental, emotionally and spiritually. She uses this philosophy to guide and treat clients with a variety of health issues including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, cancer, depression, weight issues, and chronic pain.
For more information on the Sacred Journeys Healing Centre visit http://www.sacred-journeys.ca. The voting for round two of The Next Top Spiritual Author Competition ends on Monday, June 28. To vote visit the website at www.nexttopauthor.com/round2.cfm [or go to http://www.nexttopauthor.com/profile.cfm?aid=2975].
LOSS OF AN AGING PET INSPIRED FRIEND TO WRITE BOOK
Posted Jun 24, 2010 By Craig Bakay
When Cheryl Hiebert’s beloved Willow was diagnosed with lymphoma and had three months to live, she was devastated.
But then she found Catherine Pokrywa.
Pokrywa runs Sheba’s Haven Rescue, a hospice for dogs in need of palliative care. Hiebert credits Pokrywa with getting her through her lose and she’s prepared to do whatever she can to repay the favour.
That’s a big part of why Hiebert was at Eastern Cowboy near Parham Saturday for the 2nd annual Charity Ride.
“Catherine helped me take care of Willow and was with me the day he died,” she said. “I love her and try to fundraise for her as much as I can.
“She gives a voice to the voiceless.”
The experience also led Hiebert to examine the grieving process involved with losing a pet. Through her work with her Sacred Journeys Healing Arts Centre in Kingston, Hiebert is well versed in such things but after helping others deal with such things for so long, she was somewhat unprepared for what she’d begun to experience herself.
“I began to journal about the process,” she said. “I knew our time was coming to an end and I wanted to love him in detail.
“I began to go through the process of grieving and felt people didn’t understand it.
“I felt alone.”
Then a strange twist of fate happened.
Hiebert learned of a writing contest on the internet and the next thing she knew, she was writing Losing Willow: Grieving the Loss of an Animal Companion.
And, after the first round of 2,500 entrants, her book was chosen to advance to the next round of 250. The eventual winner gets a book publishing contract.
“It’s not really about the contest,” she said. “It’s about the human-animal relationship bond. What do you do when it’s ending, how will you know when it’s time to end it?
“I wanted to help people feel empowered in their healing process.”
When she realized there didn’t seem to be a resource for this process, she decided to write her own.
If you’d like to help Hiebert in her quest to get her book published, or to read sample chapters, visit www.NextTopAuthor.com/?aid=2975 or follow the link from www.sacred-journeys.ca to vote for Losing Willow.