Today we’re talking about the grief that we face when having to say goodbye to the unconditional love of a pet.


If you’re an animal lover, you know that rarely do our beloved pets live as long we do. And at some point, we may come face to face with the tough decision of when to let them go and free them of their pain and suffering. Our pets are a special part of our family and such a big part of our lives, which makes this one of the most difficult and painful experiences that we can go through.

Those decisions that we end up having to make at the end of an animal’s life are grueling, and it’s never easy to say goodbye. But, having just recently lost our dear dog, Wikky, I can wholeheartedly say that to have those final moments be spent at home and with family by his side made this time as beautiful as a painful experience could possibly be.

Today, I’m joined by Elizbeth Allen, who is an author, poet, animal lover, educator on end-of-life care for animals and their people, a vibrational cellular therapist specializing in grief relief, and a licensed spiritual counselor. She joins me today to discuss end-of-life planning for our animal companions, the advantages of choosing in-home euthanasia, and the grieving process that comes with losing a pet.

My daughter, Erin Shaw, also joins me today for the debut of our brand new segment on Change It Up Radio called Rut Busters! She will join us each week to share unique challenges to help us bust our winter COVID ruts and get our creativity and energy flowing just in time for spring! Today, Erin shares a simple but powerful challenge for a new way to change it up and shift from autopilot to being more present.


We Discuss:

  • The advantages of choosing in-home euthanasia at the end of your pet’s life
  • How pet loss may differ from human loss and the grieving process itself
  • How vibration therapy with tuning forks can be used to help with the grieving process
  • How pet loss can be a catalyst for deep healing and uncovering other unreconciled grief


“Love is love, gone is gone, grief is grief, and pain is pain. And whether it’s a human or an animal, there’s a process.”  –  Elizabeth Allen


About Elizabeth:
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Elizabeth Allen is an author, poet, animal lover, educator on end-of-life care for animals and their people, a vibrational cellular therapist specializing in grief relief, and a licensed spiritual counselor. She has been writing poetry and books for over 20 years now.

Elizabeth’s passion and love for animals moved her so much after her first animal loss, that she continued to gravitate towards the grieving pet parent, and has found herself honored to support them through her books, her non-profit work with various animal-hospice organizations, and Paws Into Grace, with her work as Grief Support and Family Care Coordinator.

She has been doing this work for over 15 years and is still deeply touched by the vulnerability of every person who has shared a part of their story with her and to the animals that have let her in at every bend and turn in their journey towards transition and life eternal.

Some years ago, Elizabeth came across vibrational sound healing with tuning forks and was trained by Dr. Barbara Romanowska of Poland, who founded the Sound Academy and the Tune and Heal Method. She loves this method and also has a gift for it.

It is one of the least invasive methods of healing while also raising one’s vibration – allowing more room for the good in life to manifest in mind, body, and spirit. The tuning forks are wonderful in assisting with grief relief. They help shift the dense energy of grief, while gently moving one along in a compassionate, intuitive, and heart-centered way.

Elizabeth’s life is dedicated to animals and she feels very blessed.


Rut Busters - A new segment on Change It Up Radio with Paula Shaw and Erin Shaw


About Erin:
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Erin Shaw is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Party Girl – A Modern Fairy Tale, (2014) which was loosely based on her experience moving to New York City during the height of the 2008 recession and performing as a birthday party princess to stay afloat.

In addition to fiction writing and screenwriting, Ms. Shaw has worked in media and publishing as a food, travel, lifestyle, and small business writer for more than a decade.

She has written for several national publications including LA Confidential Magazine, Daily Candy, FATHOM, Hello Giggles!, Biz New Orleans, and Quarterly Magazine.

Erin is currently based in Los Angeles and has completed a feature-length screen adaptation of Party Girl with her gal pal and writing partner, Kaitlyn McQuin.

Her second novel, Have Baggage, Will Travel is now available on Amazon!


“We’re all sort of in a wintery COVID rut and looking forward to coming back out into the world and getting a sense of normalcy again. So, let’s start now. Let’s start preparing ourselves and getting our creativity flowing again, getting our energy flowing again, and getting excited, rather than impatient, about this pending post-COVID roaring 20s Renaissance that I believe is coming when we’re on the other side of all of this.”  –  Erin Shaw


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