’Will my pet or farm animal go to heaven?’ Norfolk man who has written dissertation on the subject promises answers

The Rev Andrew North and his two dogs. Picture: Andrew North

The Rev Andrew North and his two dogs. Picture: Andrew North - Credit: Archant

It isn't the question on everybody's lips.

But in a nation of animal lovers, there are people who want to know: will my pet go to heaven when it dies?

Now an event is being staged to discuss the issue - fronted by a Norfolk curate who is something of an expert, having written an MA dissertation about pets and farm animals and the afterlife.

Dog owner The Rev Andrew North from All Saints Church, Hethel, is a former teacher who is often asked questions while out with his pets and wearing his dog collar.

The event has been organised by Peter Nicholls, a Hethel churchwarden.

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He said: 'Many people ask questions about what will happen to their pets or farm animals when the animal dies. Will we see them again? What might life be like beyond the grave (theirs and ours)?

'Whatever heaven is like, won't it be mighty crowded if it's full of animals? And yet, my beloved companion animal is the most important relationship in my life – surely if relationships endure, he/she will be there with me for ever?'

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He added: 'It seems a light-hearted topic, but it is of great importance to many people.

'We know that vets get asked these sorts of questions all the time – it's a real issue for animal lovers. We invite anyone who'd like a researched Christian take on the subject to come along.'

The event is at Hethel Church on Church Lane, Hethel at 7.30pm on May 20.

Mr Nicholls said: 'As an ex-teacher, Andrew is a natural communicator and is something of an entertainer and humorist as well. We anticipate a good evening.'

Mr North will speak, followed by interval wine and nibbles and time for questions afterwards. A suggested donation of £5 towards the church's heating fund is invited.

? Visit www.acny.org.uk/hethel.

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