Excerpt from The Sacred Space of Dying
In this excerpt Mary is describing the heart opening experience she had when she embraced her beloved horse’s natural dying process.
The Sacred Space of Dying with Mary Walby
Part 1: We start by discussing the question of body and soul and how that relates to dying. Moving into why animals deaths are treated differently from our own, the subject of pain, and the joy within, and finally talking about accepting the natural death process, understanding it and how the soul leaves.
Part 2: Going into what it means when the light goes out in horses’ eyes, and moving on into why we treat death in animals the way we do, veterinary protocol, responsibility and the horses’ opinion. After this Mary describes her experience of creating a profoundly authentic dialogue during the dying process.
Part 3: We talk about natural grief and how it is processed within the dying process, different forms of dying and the gift within. Mary then describes her heart opening journey with one horse and we talk about the portal of pain. Finally she explains where she is now with her hospice work, and her two new classes.
Mary Walby has rehabbed senior horses for over fifteen years and offers online classes in horse hospice and pain management. To see Mary’s previous podcast click here The Dying Process with Mary Walby.
My first horse was a 26 year-old retired gelding who was in chronic pain and cribbed every moment of every day. No one knew what to do with him. When I looked at him I saw a horse coping as best he could with the environment he was in. His needs were changing as he was aging, and he was no longer a fit with the environment. My thought was if I changed the environment and how he was managed, then his behavior and condition would change.
Eager to try my experiment, I took him into my care, which began a straight up learning curve about everything horses. Why not cure cribbing? Why not be rid of chronic pain? Why can’t a senior horse be active and full of life right up until the day they die?
God’s Window Senior Horse Rehab is the compilation of everything I have learned to date from this horse, and others on how to bring about a fully alive senior horse. The results are amazing… read moreMary Walby
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