What to Do if You Accidentally Kill an Animal

What can you do if you hit an animal with your vehicle?



Death is a natural part of life. You cannot have life without death. But the existence of death allows us to know life and to make life precious. Do not mourn this little animal. Instead, celebrate that it lived! And know that consciousness cannot be created or destroyed. The experience of this being will continue on the other side of the veil.

From Student Q&A


You are driving down the road. It is late at night. The air is crisp. You are carefree and relaxed. The woods on either side of the asphalt are dark and mysterious. You turn around a bend. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, a deer stands before you. There is no time to stop and no room to swerve.


In the aftermath of the accident the deer is left lying on the pavement. It's heart has stopped beating. It is motionless and, strangely, peaceful.


If you drive, it is likely you have had a similar experience. Be it a squirrel, a bird, a chipmunk, a dog, a cat, or any other animal. Our roads are deathtraps for animals. It is a common experience to be in this situation, so full of guilt, near an animal that has passed away, and wondering what you can do to help this being spiritually. Can you do anything to assist it on its new journey on the Otherside?


Yes. Yes there is. This is the job of the “psychopomp”. This is an ancient Greek word that means “guide to the souls of the dead”. Such a person or spiritual being helps a soul to pass over to the Otherside, to the Spirit World, and to the realms of the ancestors. Anyone can become a psychopomp with the right training. Within shamanism the psychopomp enters into trance and leads the soul of the dead to where they need to go. However, this takes training and experience.