Love Never Dies!

Updated: February 14, 2016

Dearest you

I’m writing this from Seattle having slept 10 hours, after a long couple days of presenting at the Hay House conference to a packed room of enthusiastic attendees. When I woke up this morning I realized it was the first good sleep I had experienced since our little Olli had fallen sick at Christmas.

Doing readings from stage was the best thing I could have done as I brought through pets and people sending messages of joyful love and sincere amends to the living.

Love never dies and the fact that I was privileged to be the intermediary and translator of this powerful truth was the greatest gift of grace for me to give others and a much needed salve for my own sadness.

Olli passed away just before I left, her little body no match for the virulent disease that ravaged her brain. She crossed over the Rainbow Bridge knowing she was loved and part of a pack she would not have known had we not adopted her.

I’m at peace knowing we did all that we could and more although her furry presence is deeply missed.

February is meant to be the month where we’re reminded of Love and all that means. It’s not just about Valentines etc. For me, it is especially poignant as it’s the anniversary of the passing of both my parents, and now 4 of my precious dogs.

February reminds me not so much of the loss these days (although Olli’s passing is still too fresh and grief is ever present), but of the deepest sense of gratitude, joy and lessons I’ve learned from each and every one of them.

Olli changed me in ways too numerous to describe but the one that sticks out the most is the need to remain fully present to the power of the 24 hour day. Her lively tenacious presence taught me to remain present in the moment no matter that the outer conditions invite me to scramble to the Ghostlands of the unresolved past and projected future- that moment was all we had.

The time when I was so clear that our love was forever was when I surrendered into those moments.

Time changes in miraculous ways when you do that.

Gratitude for those has broken my heart wide open, more than I thought possible.

Today, I celebrate them all, knowing that Love grows in the richest soil of gratitude.

May you remember that grace and gratitude are Love magnets and that no matter who or what you have lost, it’s only the perception of it that keeps us hostage to our suffering.

Thank you to every one of you who have read my blogs and followed along especially lately. Your energy has made me remember we are never alone.

I love you always.. and forever!


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  • Beth

    Hugs. Just as Ollie was a blessing to you, you were a blessing to her.

    • robyn lazar

      Love and Light to you and your family. I know what kind of emptiness comes with losing such a treasure. The POWER OF LOVE IS A TRUE GIFT

    • Kristi

      Sorry to hear about little Ollie. It’s always hard to loose one that give unconditional love. Glad you had Ollie in your life for the time you did. Sending love and blessing to you all.
      Love you and the unconditional love you send to us all. Hugs and warms blankets of healing.

    • Linda

      My heart goes out to you and your Husband. I lost my baby in July and am aligned with your feeling of loss. Your love and compassion for this little trooper is beyond compare. Ollie will always be watching over you and in your heart, but then again, you know that ! 🙂 Big Hugs!

    • Cory

      You are phenomenal Colette. After losing 3 pups, you are strong enough to still open your heart fully to another. I am so sorry for your loss of Ollie. I hope I have the same faith and strength when my 19 yr. pup decides it time for her to go home.

    • Mary C Goodner

      Bless you Colette and your sweet Ollie. I know Ollie was an angel in your presence for a time as your were for her.

    • Wanda

      I so understand how you feel. I have lost fur buddies in the past. since feb. of 2o15 to Feb. 2016 I have lost lost my Mother, Mother In law, and Brother in law. I have some good days and some bad days.
      You have helped me though. I am so grateful for learning they are still here. Just in a different way.

    • Susan

      Precious Soul that you are, Colette!!!!you are so Loved by many, Thank You for your Wondereous light that you gave little Olli she . I too will miss the cutie “Fur Ball of Love” I Bless You with strength, courage to keep sharing your brilliant knowledge with us all.❤️

    • Kathleen

      Hi Colette,
      I’m sorry for your inevitable pain at this time. Sending love and light…
      Ollie wants you to know… “not fuzzy brain anymore” “happy, happy” “Thank you for your compassion” “When ready, I come back, with no lessons, just fun fun love love, you will know”
      She keeps insisting what an Exceptional spirit she is! She seems to like to be referred to in this way! Sending you huge love and peace Colette.

    • Helen P

      Dearest Colette, my heart just broke as I read your message about Ollie.
      I keep seeing her sweet face. She is a gentle, special girl and will always be. You are such a wonderful mom.

      Thank you for reminding us that love never dies. That is the most beautiful thing ever.
      Deep sleep and rest now. You are forever surrounded in love.

  • KateE

    Colette, Marc and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved Ollie and she knew it too. I believe the love we have for our babies is the purest of love and no, it never dies and neither does our connection to them as they remain with us forever.


  • Alannah

    I am grateful for you Colette. You, your wonderful, warm loving spirit, the gift of being able to choose a card on this site, have changed my life in such a positive and profound way. Thank you, and love, light and blessings to you, and your family. xxxxx

  • Lauren

    Nice reminder….”Grace and Gratitude are Love magnets”

  • Dottie

    Dearest Colette,
    My heart weeps for your loss. I wrap you in the warm blanket of my love.
    Much love to you,

  • Leah

    I am extremely grateful to the Almighty for leading me to your messages of inspiration and learning which have impacted me with a deeper connection to spirit and life. I love the words of celebration that you use to describe your time with Olli. Not only has Olli blessed your life, but through your lessons, blessed mine as well. Love truly never dies. Malama pono.

  • QiaJenae Hamilton

    Love & hugs!!!

  • Imma

    All my affection to you, Colette, in these moments.
    Olli will always be with you, and you know that.

    Thank you so much for always sharing the best of you. You’re wonderful and unique.
    Much love,

  • Yolanda

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am grateful to have seen you and your pup play and connect on your videos. I am grateful to be a subscriber and I listen to all your messages and I love the deck. Thank you Love and Light to your and your family. May God have His way with us all.

  • Erica

    Thank you for your sharing. Lots of animals has crossed the rainbowbridge in my life. Devastating but at the same time a true blessing that they have been a part in my life. Honoring the unconditional love they bring and remember us to stay in that bliss.
    Lots of Love and Light to you.
    /xx from Stockholm

  • Kris

    Many Blessings, Prayers and Condolences on your loss. Pets are bundles of unconditional love from Spirit. What a priceless gift! Thank You for being authentic and genuine. You are amazing!
    God Bless your family and you! Big Hugs!

  • Janet

    Colette, Marc & furry family…
    I just posted this for the anniversary of the passing of my mother;
    When we are born, we cry, and the world rejoices.
    When we die, the world cries, and we rejoice.
    Just know you were all meant to be, and everything happens for a reason…
    Olli and the others will be there to welcome you one day…
    You are such a strong, vibrant woman Colette…and Marc is your rock… You have so much more love to give and there will be many more furry family members I’m sure. My heart goes out to you ?

  • Petra

    Hello Colette,
    I am really sorry and feel with you because of little Olli´s death.
    Petra (from Germany with 2 cats)

  • Marion


    I feel am feeling for you so much. The love for and from a pet like Olli is unconditional — they are auch precious little people. Thank you for all your words of wisdom that help me so much – I hope you cam feel the love and support coming back your way – especially now.

  • Kathy Shelton

    Dear Colette & family,
    You may have heard this story,
    A family was at the vet & their dog had just passed.
    The vet noticed the young boy wasn’t grieving as were his parents, so she took him aside to tell him it was ok to cry. He said “It’s alright. The reason we all come here is to learn to Love. Dogs come here knowing how, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
    I believe that when young lives are cut short, it has been one of Your guardian angels had come to be with You in the flesh, to know You and so You will recognize their presence all the more. God Bless You for giving these tiny bundles of all the love in the world a pack and a wonderful home.
    Thank You for all You do.
    Sincerely, Kathy

  • Nadine

    Sending you heaps of love after the passing of Ollie. She found a home and you nursed a beautiful soul. Hugs.

  • Rebecca

    Dear Colette, the timing of your message this week, hearing of Ollie’s passing, and the beautiful and comforting words that you found to describe the experience, is incredibly sweet for me as it was a year ago next week that my husband died and I have been wakeful all night, Valentine’s Day!, thinking and feeling love and life and memories and many of the same things you so wonderfully described in telling us about what has happened. I am so grateful to have your strong words affirming life and love which go with us on and on and I just feel so fortunate and grateful to know deeply that I am experiencing the immortal touch that love in fact does create! Blessings courageous! As I read your letter I knew that he is here with me and always will be. Thank you!

  • Shelley

    Dear Colette
    I just wanted to add mine to the expressions of love which come to you , both embodied and via Spirit.
    Thank you for holding Truth for us all…and for ever reminding us that love never dies. May your heart and Marc’s be surrounded with solace.
    Big Hugs to you and love to All.

  • Alicja

    R.I.P Ollie.XX

  • Margaret

    Thank you Colette, I so needed to hear those words. So much love sent to you.

  • Destinee


    I have been involved in rescue for many years and have held many a small furry body when the soul has decided to no longer maintain the animation of that incarnation. It hurts every single time. It always amazes me how hard we hold on to the physical even when we know it’s not who or what we ultimately are. It would not even be possible to communicate with any of them if death was the final truth. We come and we go and we cross each others paths a thousand times.

    A good friend of mine who does animal hospice care explained it to me by saying that we have to let go of the illusion of death and hold on instead to the truth that by leaving the body behind our souls are joined. She told me to embrace and pull into my own heart the essence, beauty, and love that was and still is the being that used to inhabit the body. Grow in strength and grace by embracing each one in the only Truth that there is … LOVE.

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      beautiful and true

      • Jennifer

        This brought tears to my eyes.

    • Genene

      This is beautiful, Desiree. And Colette, I am sending you (((HUGS))).

      One of my own furbabies told me shortly after he transitioned, “Our connection will not be broken by something as simple as death.” I knew that was true and he has since come back in another physical body. Yet I still struggle with losing the physical presence of my furbabies. Struggle instead of surrender.

      Colette, your words and the thoughts of those who have left comments are helping me open to new perspectives on transitioning out of this physical life. Thank you!

  • Merja

    <3 <3 <3

  • Margaret

    It is better to have experienced Love as you and your partner did with Ollie Collette, than to never have known Love at all.
    I love the “Grace and Gratitude are Love magnets”, saying.
    Also it is the mystery of Life that Love and Pain are both sides of the same coin.
    Love reading your cards they are always so spot on.
    Much Love to you xxx

  • Maria

    Dearest Colette, You’ve done it again! What you say?… Your inspiring story of sharing your love with others, despite your grief and great loss, leaves me in awe! I know from personal experience that grief can keep us frozen, it can immobilizing us and blind us to the love and blessings all around us. Yet you walked right straight through it all and shone your light ever so brightly out to others. You didn’t shut down your heart, you opened it even wider! YOU are the most inspiring part of your story, you and your love for Ollie, for others, shone through it all! No words…
    Just yesterday I pulled “The Mountain” card and the “Knock, Knock” card from your co-created “E” cards. Well…they have been coming knocking alright! This week I have had family members, animals and dear friends from the other side, all trying to get through. I came to the realization, that despite all of my gifts, I put up a wall, “The Mountain”, afraid to open my heart and receive the blessings they so wanted to share with me. With the use of the Oracles, I was able to summon my courage, push past the grief, and open my heart. As a result, their love and blessings and guidance has come streaming through. As depicted in the message of “The Mountain” card, you have choice. You can climb “The Mountain”, or you can flow with the water, almost effortlessly, around it. As the cards’ message says, “Be like the rivers that flow around mountains naturally. You’ll move past this obstacle relatively quickly if you choose the easy way around. This is the time to adapt to your circumstances.” The Wisdom of my Higher Self rang through, “Our love is the water that carries us in it’s destined flow, easily supporting our weight, safely guiding us within its’ Ebb and Flow , and gently touching land, exactly where we need to be.” Yes, an Aha Moment, indeed!!! I have been asking God/Goddess, Creator, Source; “how can I share my light, what is my highest and best way to do so. This is where “The Mountain” stood before me, appearing quite ominous, blocking my view…however… now I can see the river, it was there all the time, right straight in front of me. Once the grief and fear were taken out of the equation, it all came into full view. Yay! 🙂
    In turn, I would like to “pay it forward” my dearest Colette. This pushes me way past my comfort zone, but I am guided to share a message with you, from your sweet Ollie. (I just came through after reading your post.) I believe messages from spirit are a personal and private matter unless permission to openly share is given. Therefore, I will not post it here. If you wish to receive this message, kindly contact me via email and I will be most happy and most grateful to share. Sooooo much Love and Gratitude to you both! <3

  • nora

    I am sorry to hear of your loss….and your insight is so beautiful! Thank you for all that you do!

  • Courtney

    Hello Colette 🙂

    My deepest condolences for Olli’s passing onto the Rainbow Bridge. I thought she had a bit more time even though I could feel the struggle. As much as it hurts right now, at least she is no longer in pain and truly knows she was valued and loved. I’m also very glad to read that she opened your heart with even more light then already pours out of you (is this even possible? 😛 )
    Pets are by far the best teachers I’ve had in this life.

    I had a cat Osiris who only lived for 7 years (the shortest I’ve ever lived with a cat) and passed away of heart disease. It took me a full year to get over him and one day my cat Athena who is still with me came up to me like snap out of it! And I remembered how full of life Osiris was/is, that he’s a goofball, lived in the moment, always had as much fun as he could, loved music, loved without fear (even more then most cats!) and wouldn’t like me being that sad for so long. It’s just I’d never met any being like him. He was like a High Priest cat. I didn’t even need a boyfriend emotionally when he was around! lol He was the true definition of a cool cat. When all is said and done and your grief diffuses and fades a bit more into the background you will find yourself remembering even more lessons and love from Olli. Ultimately, when you bring yourself back into the present this is all that matters. Best wishes and lots of love! xo

  • Kim

    Oh Colette! I am so very sorry for your loss. Love, strength and comfort energies being sent your way for both you and Marc. What a lovely message. Thank you so much for being. xoxo

  • Elu

    Colette, Marc,
    You and your precious dogs have become like virtual family. You have no idea how helpful you have been to me these past few years as I have experienced my own series of losses. I am so grateful for your gift. Now sending you much love and warm hugs.

  • Catherine

    Dearest Colette,

    It is with great sadness that I read your news. You certainly gave Olli unconditional Love. There’s nothing else or more you coul have done. She knew she was Loved. This is the most beautiful gift you could give her. Your time together and what you went through together happened for a reason. It helped you grow as you said. She may even have had agreed to play this role in your Life…who knows? All is always as it should be even when Life deals us pain. We have to trust the Bigger Picture and our Higher Self to see us through.

    Much Love to you, yours…& Olli,
    Catherine (from France)

  • Kathryn

    Thank you, Colette! I appreciate your wisdom, as always. You ARE love.

  • Faith

    Colette, Marc, and furry companions:

    Hugs to each of you. My condolescenes upon the passing of your precious Ollie. From what you have shared over the course of months, I am sure that Ollie knows how much she was loved and her own loving spirit will be with you always. Thanks, Colette, for your warm, loving energy that you bring each week and through your work. The inspiration that springs from each week’s readings and the lessons that are shared have helped me at various moments of my own life.

    Looking forward to sharing and learning more from all that your inspiring, loving self has for others like myself.

  • Kristen

    Colette & Family, As you have helped so many with the gift of peace surrounding the loss of loved one, I am sure the angels and heaven are surrounding you & yours with support, love and tenderness during this time. Be in loving care of you right now. I am so sorry.
    With gratitude. Kristen

  • Andreae

    It is 1:29am and I read and wept. My heart is happy Olli is no longer suffering and freed but sadness at your gap of loss and the joy she had brought you whilst in the physical. They never leave us.
    I woke this day to news of an elderly friend who also passed away hours earlier and now ended the day with Olli’s news and the day was my dads birthday who has also passed over. So as you say Colette grace and gratitude in that they have added invaluably to our lives while present and a reminder of our presence and how we choose to allow that to unfold. I am sure your tribe throughout the world is sharing your loss and Olli’s passing is another reminder that we are not alone and to sit up and live life now. My love, light and blessings be with you And the pack now ? xo

  • Tiffany

    My heart goes out to you, and yours Colette, these times are challenging and I have watched one of my own furry babies go through debilitating Lymphoma over a year and she passed over before her time as well. But even though, their little lives are brief through these circumstances, I am always reminded of how brightly she shined through it all, and how much Love that little dog had inside of Her and how very much she gave to our family, and still gives to me today. All my furries have been some of my greatest teachers and I am so grateful for their wisdom and love and joy. Ollie would have known that you loved her so, and in that alone you gave her the best gift we humans can give to them. Our Unconditional Love. You gave her the very best Life she could have ever had with You.
    Be kind and gentle with yourself through this time. My thoughts and love go to you soul sister. Ollie would want you to be happy. Remember that. Light and Love. Xxx Tiffany

  • Virlane Torbit

    Oh Colette, I’m so sorry to hear that. Thank you, though for the reminder that no matter how long we have someone (furry or otherwise) in our lives, there are profound gifts that they bring to us. And no, we are never alone. Hugs and love.

  • Gretchen

    I want to thank you for quite simply being you. I enjoy your posts, the class I have recently signed up for and admire your honesty and the way you put things out there. Through your courage and integrity I am learning to address issues, people, and circumstances from my heart and to live more in the moment. I am so deeply sorry to hear about your loss. The death of a loved one is never easy, the void being unbearable at times. May you find peace in the moments you were blessed to spend together.
    Take care of yourself!

  • Natalie

    Oh no I am so sorry Colette .

  • Sonja Wells

    Dear Colette, I love you so much…thank you for your spark of fire in this world and beyond…all our fur babies are together, surrounded with nothing but love…

  • Harriet

    Colette, I am so sorry for your loss. Despite the sadness, I know you’ll get through it well.

  • Jouce

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious fur baby.??

  • Michele

    Colette: I am so sorry for your loss, but so grateful for your wise words. Thank you.

  • Kristi

    A few years back we experienced a similar situation with a kitten. We had Izzy only 6 weeks before he too passed of a vicious case if FIP. We did everything we could but his fate had been sealed before he ever arrived at our house. We took solace in the fact that the 6 weeks we had him he got to experience his kitten hood to the fullest and was filled with the love we gave to him and him to us. Ollie and Izzy were both tiny furry Angels sent to us each with specific missions and they fulfilled them with vivacious energy. My prayers are with you and yours.

  • Debbie T-T

    I Love Ollie & will miss seeing him in your videos ! BIG (((((HUGS))))) filled w/ Love, Light & Healing Blessings For YOU. I’m So Sorry For Your Loss ??❤️

  • Cheryl

    Grace and Blessings to you, Collete,
    May you continue to be embraced by love through this grieving. You are a blessing!

  • Kathie

    We lost my beloved cat the day before Valentines Day. She was 18 and I still catch myself looking for her…waiting to hear her meow…waiting for her to cuddle me….My heart is broken open. Thank you for this Collette. I needed your words right now

  • Angela

    Thank you for this, Colette. I really needed to read this today as my own sweet fur-baby left us before Christmas. I know she is no longer in pain, but I miss her tremendously. Perhaps she and Olli are running around by the Rainbow Bridge together 🙂 Thank you again.

  • Lois

    So sorry to hear you lost little Olli, but you have many wonderful memories. They will help you through and Olli’s love will always be with you.

  • Danielle

    Sending you love and light, Colette. Thank you for being a vessel. <3

  • Darlene

    Collette, as you were a gift in little Ollie’s life, you are a gift in mine. You, and your knowledge and wisdom have guided me through some pretty tough times. I used your oracle cards to get past the loss of my husband of 25 years. Those cards have been spot on!! I send my heartfelt sympathy for your loss…. But we know you were in her short life for a reason as she was in yours. Love and blessings to you and many thanks for all youn do in this classroom we call earth!

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      bless you Darlene and everyone here who has posted!!

    • DLLGRJandfurballs

      Well said, Darlene
      P : ) ACE

  • Vera

    Dear Colette!
    I’m very sorry for your loss…most of us experience it more than once and it’s never easy..let the memories you have with little Ollie always be with you,
    Love , Vera

  • Catharine


    I am always mystified by your transparency and courage in both accepting and sharing your feelings. You are open-hearted and fearless. Bless little Ollie, and bless you for showing us that it is safe to be this way. Much, much love.

  • Michele

    My heart weeps for you and Marc as you mourn Ollie’s return to Source. I wrap you and your family in sparkly, liquid emerald light. May loving memories soothe and comfort you during this painful time. Big silent hug across time and space.

  • Virginia

    “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” ~Henry David Thoreau. Thank you for spreading love with your words and reminding me to be present.

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      so true… thank you for sharing.. and everyone else who shared their experience strength and hope..

  • DLLGRJandfurballs

    LOV : )

  • Arnie

    Hi Colette, I just love your oracle decks and readings…they are so spot on!!! Truth Be Told, The Fates, To Be Fair, and A Change In The Wind…they all speak to me…but the one that stands out the most…and I’ve been feeling it for some time now…is A Change In The Wind. I agree, the outer conditions are in flux and nothing ever stays the same. I shall continue to hold true to my convictions, principles and beliefs, and shall continue to trust my feelings. Thank you.

  • Gail

    Collette, my heart goes out to you and Marc as Olli returns to Source. I am so comforted by the fact that you know his absence is temporary and you will be reunited. So sad for those that do know have this knowledge as yet, but your work will help to spread he word, so they say. Thank you for sharing you and your talents with us all.

  • Lori Lee

    Dear sweet Colette,

    My heart and hugs reach from afar to you and your family. Thank you for the gift of you and showing us how love is really all there is and our perception of the moment through the eyes of love will grace our souls and spirits with gratitude. So sorry for your loss. So happy for your gain. ❤️❤️❤️

    Love ya,

    Lori Lee

  • Mary Louise

    Infinite Love & Gratitude sharing Olli’s life.

    Thanks for your Oracle cards.

    Love you. p.s. I really love your blue top!

  • Irene

    Greetings Colette,

    My heart goes out to you, and the pure love that we do find in and with our pets.
    So true, in the gratitude we give as we breath in deeply and breath out deeply with love, it truly does expand the soul…


  • Carol

    Olli is such a sweet soul. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs and Blessings,

  • sue

    Thank you for sharing this!
    I have shared your heartfelt helpful words with my daughter. Love and Hugs to you and your whole household.
    When both parents have gone on and our furry family can not be at our side, there is a big difference everywhere.
    Blessings and Love to you & your home. 🙂

  • Tricia

    Sending my love and prayers to you 🙂 XOXOXO

  • Heather


    I am so sorry about your little Olli. Your post this week coincides with the imminent departure of my own dear kitty, Sam. Nature is calling him home and he is almost ready to go so I must surrender him. I hope his spirit will be peaceful and free as he crosses over.I have to trust that he will no longer be in pain and will be alright come what may. I hope he knows how profoundly he is and always will be loved, and how carefully and well he tended my heart and watched over me. So yes, gratitude for all he has given me and meant to me, courage to accept that which I cannot change and grace to bear the pain of his going. May your Olli and my Samhain be well received and may all the dear creatures be kept safe and close in God’s loving embrace.

  • Vivianne

    So sorry to read of Ollie’s passing. Just seeing his picture made me love him. Sooo sweet! The love you and your family shared with him will always be with you. He’s in a better place now. Bless you and yours for being there for him. All but one of my pets have been rescues and I believe the Universe sends them to us. They are all truly fur angels. Thank you, Collette for all you do and take c/o yourself. Hugs, vivianne

  • jennifer

    The more I read and speak to you when I have been at your events or on calls the more commonalty we share I lost my mom on valentines day when I was 16 and was on my own. I have lost most pets in Feb as well. I have a little chi that is 13 this year and he is almost blind has to pee inside on pads as In Canada its to cold for him most days but I thank god for him every day and do what ever I can to make his and my other rescue chi have a happy life they are hard to say good bye to but we will meet them again for snuggles and licks. Hugs from me to you. keep doing what you do you make a difference I know that first hand.

  • Kat

    What a blessing for you to share your life with Ollie and her with you. Both of your lives are richer and fuller.

  • Mia

    Dearest Colette,

    I am so sorry about darling Ollie. I feel like I knew her through your sharing about her and seeing her on
    your VLOG. Sending you a huge hug and lots of love. You are amazing and I so appreciate all of your wonderful energy.

    Big hug, lots of love,

  • Kelly

    Dear Collette,
    You message came at a very sensitive time for me. Although my beloved Rocket’s spirit is strong, his body is weakening. He is a Yorkshire Terrier with an amazing, sensitive, healing heart, incredibly smart and has been a rock for me for nearly 15 1/2 years. He kept me going after my husband’s difficult passing 6 years ago tomorrow. It’s hard to write this through my tears. I try to stay present every minute that he is still here. He has my 24/7 care and all the love in my heart. I know our spirits live on. I wish knowing that helped lessen the grief.
    Thank you for sharing your love for Olli with us. I helps to remember we’re not alone.

  • Suzy

    Dearest Colette,

    My heart sank when I read about little Ollie. She is certainly a precious little soul. One to look forward to seeing again. Maybe in the near future??
    My second thought was the other doggies. I’m sure that they will miss her too. I hope that she was able to die at home so that she was held with love at the moment of her passing this existence.
    My third thought was what a blessing that you were able to finally rest, not being on edge. Such a sweet feeling!
    Fourthly and last, what a amazing opportunity to be open to the spirit when you had your readings on stage. It was as if God was affirming what you already knew. That we are surrounded with the supernatural and it is closer than we can imagine.
    Sending hugs from Georgia. You help me stay sane.


  • Christy

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have a little Pom that has taught me so much, so I understand just how amazing they are and how deeply the love goes. Your honesty and courage are constant inspirations to me to be the person I really am and am starting to find the courage to share with the world. Thank you for being you, and having the courage to let us get to know your beautiful spirit!

  • Julie

    Colette, I am so sorry to hear about Olli…as a dog lover myself, I just totally know what pain you’re feeling. My Golden Retriever “Max” is almost 13, and he is like my child. His brother, “Milo” passed a few years ago (cancer) – so ask Olli to say “hi” to my Golden “Milo” – he will welcome Olli and love to play and hang out 😉 Sending you much love and BIG hugs, Julie xox

  • Grace A.

    Hi Colette,
    After reading this week’s post, I wanted to send my condolences. It is so sad to hear about Olli’s passing, and I am sending good thoughts and prayers to you and your furry family. ~ § ~

    •*• Grace Adams

  • Linda

    Hang in there girl. So sorry to hear of your loss. I am sending a great big ole southern girl hug to you. Hold on to it for a minute!

    Love, hugs, prayers, blessing always to you,
    Linda in Oregon

  • Kelly Garvey

    My heart goes out to you and your husband. I’m so happy Ollie was with you during his last days of life. What a true gift for everyone!

  • Amy

    Colette, I’m sending you and Marc love. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Yvette

    Why can’t dogs live 7 years for 1 of ours?? I guess we wouldn’t appreciate how special they are…or not appreciate it so keenly…so sorry your little love passed on but I’m so glad you got to feel his love and he got to feel yours. Its devastating to go through. Wishing you peace and healing. “The greatest”ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return”

  • Mary

    Dear Colette and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, and my heart goes out to you.
    When my cat, Tigger, passed away, of course I was beside myself with grief. After a couple of weeks, I was in bed one night, sleeping and dreaming. Suddenly, a cheerful, female voice interrupted my dream and said, “Mary, wake up! Tigger is here in your room!” I sat up in bed and saw Tigger hovering by the bed. He was so bright! He looked like a 50,000 watt light bulb in the shape of a cat!! After visiting with him, I fell back to sleep. When I awoke the next morning, I realized that my grief was almost gone, and that I felt a profound peace that has stayed with me!
    This is what I wish for you and your family – a profound and lasting peace. xoxo

  • Erica Sussette

    I won’t be surprised if the little puffy cloud comes whooshing around your ankles on stage to add key messages to your readings. Blessings

  • Wendy

    Dearest Colette, Our precious little Grandson Ollie who passed away now has another little playmate! (your Olli) For 6 weeks after our Ollie’s passing a little fantail came and visited us on a daily basis and followed me everywhere. I still see signs from the universe frequently to let me know of his presence including when Ollie’s Daddy was going for an interview for a new job. I said to Ollie “come on Ollie – – help your Daddy get this job” Five minutes later I was driving and pulled up behind a car with a registration plate “My Dad” – – – I knew it was a sign from Ollie that he was around helping his Daddy. (who did get that job) We also searched the world to find a cure for our Ollie (he was a master number 22) and although he was with us for a short time he also touched so many people’s hearts including mine which broke wide open. I use to sing to him often and hold him in my arms and time seemed to stand still and at moments like that I wished would last forever. He taught me to live in the moment and appreciate every day. Ollie is now our little Angel. ( Wendy N.Z.)

  • Cecilia Johnson

    All I can offer is the salve of love.
    Blessings and hugs,

  • Cathy Fuller

    So sorry about your little Olli. Our pets are as individual and missed as our human companions. I know the grief is no less. Both of you were blessed to have had each other in your lives. I am one of those who believe everything is for a purpose, and if e are very fortunate, we sometimes get to see and realize what those purposes are/were. I care to view grief as somewhat selfish, years ago. I was not usually unhappy fr those who had passed, but for myself, because I missed them so much. I had to realize that they were most likely much better off where they had gone, and that they did not “miss” anything or anyone, as those f us left behind do. It is purely an ego thing that would make us cry to think WE are not being missed by THEM. I suppose it is true that misery loves company. But for all of us still here….not yet finished with why we came, we can try to comfort each other in times of grief by reminding ourselves and others that THEY are fine, and love is forever and does not ever die. We will all be together again….when the time is right for all. Love to you for all you do!

  • Gwen


    My heart goes out to you and your family as you grieve your loss. Animals are gifts from God and hold very special places in our hearts forever.
    She was meant to be with you during her struggles for God knew you would take the best care of her in her time of need. Bless you for the love and care you gave her!


  • Catherine

    I am so very sorry for the loss your family is going through. I have been through this with many pets over the years, and it’s hard, or at least it was for me. No matter how much I felt gratitude for the time my husband and I had with them, the grief could be overwhelming at times. I admire you and your attitude very much and I believe you will be able to handle it with grace, love, and courage. You are definitely a role model for me. You were a great mom and that little sweetie was definitely in your life for your benefit as well as hers.

    Sending you hugs long distance.

  • dorothy

    So incredibly sorry for your loss that no words could ever describe nor comfort.

  • Annette

    I have been blessed with the beautiful souls of my precious Dogs and Cats that I have adopted. A few have passed on, and I feel your sadness. I am going through deep depression,and I know that without my babies, well I’m sure you understand.

  • Norine

    When we experience love for a brief time, I am always remind of Carolyn Myss’ Sacred Contracts. What a courageous spirit Ollie shared with you and the important gifts shared. Blessings to you.

  • Fjola

    Dear Colette – I too have had many animal friends cross over and for each and every one of them I grieved. I empathise with you – its hard – even when you know they are not “lost” or “gone” but just in a different form. They have gone “home” maybe they have earned the right to go home early. Our animal friends are wonderful
    teachers. They do not sit in judgement – they teach patience , strength and grace ( like Olli enduring illness ) and
    for a brief time they remind us that love is simple and give it unconditionally. We may not have their little furry bodies next to us but they are still there. Too many times I have seen my animal friends flash by or walk on my bed after they have passed and I am comforted. Also having watched your program on spirit messages it confirms how close the two dimensions really are and it warms my heart. All my love.

  • Luey A.

    Dear Colette, My sincere sympaties for your loss of Ollie. Thank you for your keen insights. May you find peace in the love you have with your husband, family, and friends. You are a gift and a blessing.



  • Dave & Suzy

    Dear Colette, we really enjoyed your presentation and readings at ICanDoIt! You are amazing! And I love your book “The Map”.

    We sympathize with the passing of your dear Olli. Their unconditional love is amazing, something our human bodies can aspire to demonstrate. I guess they are more Spirit living in a body through their entire lives than we are– we have to learn it, they just live it!

    We lost our Hugo- our boxer mix about 3 years ago. In all my years I’ve never been so close to a pet. Our family all know he’s fine and even has a job on the other side. I could tell you stories of his visits back to us. At your book signing Suzy was just supposed to pass on to you our sympathies, as we’ve gone through something similar, and not imply any sort of reading was requested, sorry for any confusion.

    We’re looking forward to Lilydale August 12-13. We have a Midwest trip coming up and most likely will swing by there.

    All the best to you and your family!

  • Juliet

    When I opened this e-mail and saw that picture of Ollie, my heart hurt. What a darling, beautiful little person! I am so sorry…wish I could say something to make it better.

    I know what it is like to have a sick pet. I once had a beloved Siamese named Sky who had been a homeless kitty on the streets of New York City (how horrifying). I guess it permanently damaged his nervous system, because his health was very delicate. Any change in his environment, like undergoing a change of residences, or even once when I went on a 2-week vacation…all these things would make his little body fail. Yet he had the most loving, spunky personality and had that amazing signature Siamese meow that sounded like a baby crying.

    He finally contracted kidney failure, as not a very old kitty, too, and since I didn’t have the resources to prolong his life, I had to put him down. I was devastated. He was such a sensitive, brave little man. He will always be a part of me.

    I’ve also had to put down two other pets, too. Losing them leaves a big empty space. Right now I have an all-black kitty named Flora who lost her home and I rescued when she was already ten years old. I’ve had her for some time now, and she too is exhibiting signs of kidney disease. I give her Reiki or directed affirmative prayer when I myself am well enough to, and so far she’s holding on, but I know her time is coming, too. For now she is like my little grande dame, and I lavish her wish every good thing I can.

    My heart goes out to you at this time, Collette. So many of us are sending you love. Thank you for your wise words and keep staying strong. Much love.

  • shannon

    I was so very sorry to open this post and read about ollie 🙁 i am sorry for your pain and i am so very happy that little ball of beautiful fur landed on your laps !!!! what love you provided her !!!! take great care colette ! much love to you and marc both ! 🙂

  • Catherine

    Sending you love, strength and prayers…It is so true that love never dies as we and all who live on this plane are immortal and this incarnation but a short time of lessons before we head home to journey forward…Your readings and messages give such comfort..always grateful to you Colette…

  • Becca

    Aww – thanks, Colette, for sharing. The power of grace and gratitude cannot be understated and I love you saying they are love magnets. Im sending you love and light during this sad time and always. xxxooo

  • Bianca

    I am sorry that Ollie has passed on. I am sorry that you are sad. Thank you for sharing your life with us through this forum, thank you for sharing Ollie with us most of all. Hugs and Love to you at this time.

  • Bianca

    I am sorry that Ollie has passed on. I am sorry that you are sad. Thank you for sharing your life with us through this forum, thank you for sharing Ollie with us most of all. Hugs and Love to you at this time.

  • Jerrelyn Corraggio

    This has been sad time for me past few months. Now I read this. Very sad about your Loss. We all know your baby is playing with all of our fur babies who have passed. The angels carried her there safely.

    Love and light Dear Collette…….

  • Holly

    Dearest Colette & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss! Our beautiful pooches change us for the better, so much so that life is never the same for us after they cross over… And nor should it be… Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us… After the recent loss of my own fur baby on Christmas Day, my heart goes out to you and I am sending you all the love I can conjure!

    Hol xoxo

  • Jeanne

    So sorry to read about your precious little Ollie. I’ve lost many kitties and they all still have a very special place in my heart. You are so right Love never dies.

    Many Blessing and Comfort to you Colette.

  • Deb Barnett

    Dear Colette,
    I wrap my arms around you and offer comfort and compassion for your loss. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us by showing us how each experience can be an opportunity for growth, healing and experiencing even more love!

  • Dianne

    Omd!! I am so sorry for your loss. The grief is so raw. The cost of love. I know no words will comfort you, just know you are surrounded by love. I have some furbabies that just came and adopted me and some that saved me from this type of grief. It’s the only way i can move on. The circle of life. Animals are my chi. My heart is heavy for you. Much love to you

  • Donna

    Dearest Colette, I just wish to express my deepest condolences for your loss of beautiful little Ollie. My heart goes out to you and I pray you will find comfort. I wrote a poem when my father passed away and it was read as part of his eulogy. I am sending it to you and perhaps you shall find some solace. Sending much love and hugs to you. xx

    I’ll Think Of You

    When feathers from pillows of Heaven alight
    and the land is laden under waves of white;
    When the sun is shrouded behind clouds of grey
    and a white blanket rests, cov’ring where it lay;
    When the wind bites deep and hard, leaving its mark
    and the trees stand naked, barren and stark . . .
    I’ll think of you . . .

    When the sun smiles broadly to greet the morn
    and flowers in springtime burst as they’re born;
    When the music of life erupts in the spring
    harmonizing loudly the happy tune they sing;
    When the warm wind blows and caresses the land
    and touches each life with her gentle hand;
    When the warm droplets of a soft spring rain
    tumble and drop to cleanse the earth again . . .
    I’ll think of you . . .

    When the dewdrops trickle and drip from the grass
    and melt through fingers of a whispery wind’s pass;
    When the cotton-puff clouds wander placidly by
    serenely dotting the azure blue sky;
    When the bubbly stream laughs merrily on its way
    giggling and tittering like a child at play;
    When the ocean waves roll and fold to the land
    hugging and holding, and embracing the sand . . .
    I’ll think of you . . .

    When majestic mountains stand proudly ‘neath purple sky
    with crystalline brooks waltzing cheerfully by;
    When the clouds’ free spirits drift calmly past
    with flowing, gentle tranquility, unsurpassed;
    When the joyful robin perches nightly to croon
    beneath silver-threaded and haloed moon . . .
    I’ll think of you . . .

    When the swaying grass and leaves turn to gold
    and erupt to a beauty, a sight to behold;
    When the golden leaves fall and drift to the ground
    and a sanguine sun sets, exquisitely crowned;
    When the frosty lace adorns my window at dawn
    and the warm graceful wind of summer is gone . . .
    I’ll think of you . . .

    When the seasons appear, winter, spring, summer, fall,
    and I ponder reflectively with loving recall;
    And whilst the seasons perpetually flow
    And Nature’s paintbrush is profoundly aglow . . .
    I’ll think of you . . .

    © D. M. McVittie

  • Trisha

    Dear Colette,

    I was introduced to your site just in this past month and in that time I know how much you have agonizingly witnessed the deterioration of your fur baby. I even heard Ollie in the background when you were being interviewed by Tammy during this Summit. We have lost 3 of our of beloved furry friends in our 30 year marriage and understand the sense the loss of a comfort that only they could give. They have left paw imprints on our hearts and souls and will be running full tilt to greet us upon our arrival to the other side. Take comfort in knowing you shared a very unique and special time with Ollie. Hoping you see him in your dreams tonight, we send our sympathies and love during this sad and difficult time. May reading these incredible messages of love to you from so many of us out here in a spiritual world, help You and your family in your time of grief. <3

  • Jane

    I’m so sorry to hear about your beloved Ollie. We have two cats, two dogs and two horses that we love and care for every day. Today at 11 am my Mom passed away and I’m sure she and my Dad have reunited and are happier than they have ever been.

  • Maren

    dear Colette,

    thank you soo much for these words! I feel with you……

    …and since receiving your newsletters cause I wanted access to your oracles, but so far never reading them, this is acctually the first time I’m reading it… and it’s sooo the right thing at the right time…!!

    my dearest cat Sheila passed away last october… she had been the first and- so far- only manifestation of an ‘uncensored’ list of my wildest wishes I had made about 15 years ago: she had returned to me/us… ‘Sheila1’ had been the cat we had from 1979 till 1995, and back then I could let her go fairly easily… in 2003 I was at the vet with the cat we had then, and for the first time since 1995 we went to the one where Sheila1 had been put to sleep… there suddenly I was overwhelmed with sadness and a longing for her, suddenly after all those years of it being ok…!
    we ‘found’ Sheila2 in december 2005 at the animal shelter… and heard she had been born in 2003… huh!!

    when she left this time I felt like dying, cause the previous few years I’d experienced changes that seemed to take the colour out of my life, and for some moments it felt like now there’s only greyness and sadness and why would I want to stay there…?

    last weekend I went through deep inner processes till finally a big wave of old feelings came up (that I had sensed coming closer for some weeks)… all those feelings, especially from the first few years, that somehow had not found the inner/outer room to be felt…

    …and last evening I had silently said to Sheila ‘you’ve been gone a while, when are you coming back?’
    now, for the first time since october, I feel at peace with her absence, because that way she made room for all this old sadness to finally come up and I’m so thankful for this! it doesn’t matter anymore what those feelings were, because for some moments I intensely felt ALL of me, from baby to now… huuh! 🙂

    I know she will return to me… did it once, so of course she can do it again… and it will be at the right time, which probably is not yet come, but who knows? 😉 somehow it doesn’t matter rigth now…

    love and blessings to you… <3

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      beautiful share.. thank you. Isn’t it amazing how they come to heal us when we need it most and leave just when they must when we are never ready.

  • Maria

    Beautiful Soul Sister Colette
    What can I say… much Love has been said and shared with you and dear little Ollie ……..only to add my feelings of Love from my heart and may you be enfolded in the soft loving wings of the Angels,as I am sure she is right now, and bless you for your inspiring news letters and the Love and Wisdom you share with one and all, you are a chosen Spirit helping so many. Thank you and much love. xx

  • Devi Dawn Hamilton

    Dear Collette,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Our pets are such wonderful amazing teachers of unconditional love and present moment awareness. Saying goodbye to little Ollie must be so challenging. Yet you remind all of us of this most important lesson that Love Never Dies – indeed, it’s the only thing that was ever real! Warm wishes and hugs to you all, Devi Dawn

  • Renee Sugar

    “Dear” Colette;
    “In the end its not the number of years in your life;
    but the life in your years that matter most” Abraham Lincoln
    Olli was exemplary of this. I always marvel when I see the tiny breeds who have this uncontainable energy.
    I’m certain that your presence was a comfort and a gift to many who attended the I CAN DO IT conference.
    Sending love and healing to you and Marc and Ollis’ furry family. They too must feel the loss, but can’t speak or
    express it.
    Take Care;
    XOXO Renee

  • Alina

    Dear Colette and Marc,

    I pray angels comfort you and bring you peace to your hearts. Ollie was lucky to have you guys.

    Lots of love,

  • Diana Boles

    Silently, a rescue occurs–and the moment comes when laughter returns. We know it—- the end result of life—we know what it is. Even when we expect it, we are never prepared. These words from all these wonderful people — eased my heart as well ✨?✨

  • Maureen Kelly

    I wrote this poem after the loss of one of my (many) beloved pets and hope it brings some comfort.

    They are angels sent to walk the path of our lives…
    so that we may know unconditional love
    in its truest sense.

    When they leave this realm
    the love remains…
    and we are still joined by
    sunbeams and moonlight
    raindrops and snowflakes
    butterflies and whispers.

    Together always.

    – Maureen

    Blessings & love to you, dear Colette.

  • Dawn

    ?My love goes out to you Colette. You are strong & your outlook on life amazes me. Love ya

  • Deanne Smart

    Message from Spirit ;

    Hi Colette,

    I had to write to you because I just got a message from spirit and I think it is also for you to, as yesterday I read your post about Olli passing, and I was so sorry to hear : ( After I read your blog post later that morning I thought I would watch some of your past universal energy readings, and the one that I randomly clicked on was the one where you were introducing your new member of the family Olli 🙂 So I commented on the youtube clip my sympathies, and knew Spirit was involved in that.

    Yesterday I got your book “Messages from Spirit” from out of a box that had been stored my car for a few weeks, and just tonight went open it to read about where you talked about master numbers, but instead it opened by itself to where I had a piece of paper bookmarking where I was up to,

    the piece of paper was from a local metaphysical store called “The Oracle”, these little scrolls are in the store in an offering bowl held by an angel statue, and are little oracle messages that you take for free as you walk out (sort of like a fortune cookie), on this piece of paper the message was-

    Every exit is a door to somewhere else… So don’t cry because it is over… Smile because it happened… – The Oracle

    I know this was a message for me from Spirit relating to what is going on in my life now, but then I went on to reading what page it was bookmarking, it was page 60 and 61, where you were talking about the passing of you first Trinket, and I knew they must be a messages for you also,

    all my love
    Deanne xo

  • Barb

    Sending you and Marc big hugs, Colette. She picked wonderful parents for this short journey on earth….

  • Leanne Rae Cuvelier

    Hi Colette,
    I am sending healing energy, prayers and love to you, your husband and your other fur babies. I also had to say goodbye to my little Yorkshire terrier Asia on Friday and it was one of the hardest things to have to do. My little girl was fortunate enough to live a full 17 years so I did have many happy memories of her to keep. Thank you for doing what you do. You inspire so many
    Love and Light
    Leanne Rae

  • Gale

    Dear Colette,
    Sorry I am coming in so late, but I just read this. Condolences to you and Marc, and your other puppies, on the passing of sweet Olli. It is always so hard to lose one of our babies. I hope that you can take comfort in the fact that you gave Olli so much love and attention in the last few months of her life, and made her as happy and loved and comfortable as you possibly could. Your love for her shone through your writing so clearly, and, although I don’t know you and your family personally, I feel your grief as if she had been one of my own. Let yourself grieve, dear Colette; which of course, does not mean don’t carry on, but honor your feelings and carry on as best you can. Of course you know that. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending you comfort and light. Bright Blessings for the days to come!

  • Ali

    Colette, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I lost my beloved dog on December 21, 2012 – yes, the last day of the Mayan Calendar – and I still think of her every day. Sometimes, it feels like no time has passed at all since she crossed over.

    Bless you and your furry family. Your precious little Olli is in my thoughts. I hope that she’s playing with my beautiful girl right now. (((hugs)))

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