Press Kit: Sarah A. Bowen

ANIMAL CHAPLAIN & ADVOCATE FOR ALL CREATURES

Sarah is an award-winning author, animal chaplain, and multifaith spiritual educator. Her new book, Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice For Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, & Healing The Planet, contains tools for surviving animal loss and mindfully extending compassion to the 8.7 million other species we share this interdependent planet with. The book is now available for pre-order and hits shelves on April 5, 2022.  (Monkfish Publishing)

Story & Interview Ideas:

  • What is an animal chaplain? (And do you need one?) 

  • What to do when your dog or cat dies

  • How to survive the pain of pet loss

  • Do animals have spiritual lives? 

  • Tips for meditating with dogs, cats, & squirrels (and why it is beneficial)

  • How animatronic robopets are helping cure loneliness

  • How roadkill can teach us about compassion and speciesism

  • Why acknowledging wildlife loss is essential for planetary healing

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"I'm fascinated with this book and I'm fascinated with this conversation."

JoN PATCH, host of Talkin' Pets Radio Show

Radio Interview:Sarah Bowen on "Talkin Pets with Jon Patch"
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Publisher Sheet

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"Sarah's workshop on Interspecies Spiritual Practices & Rituals opened our hearts to acknowledging buried loss and healing the wounds that often get brushed over in our culture. I am grateful!"

CAROL SAUNDERS, lead organizer, "2022 Vision: A World That Works for All" Forum and Retreat, Unity Village Missouri

Photos

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Author Bios

BYLINE BIO: 

Sarah A. Bowen is an award-winning author, animal chaplain, and multifaith spiritual educator. Her new book, Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice For Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, & Healing The Planet, contains tools for surviving animal loss and mindfully extending compassion to the 8.7 million other species we share this interdependent planet with. (April 5, 2022, Monkfish Publishing). Learn more at sacredsendoffs.com.

BROADCAST BIO:

Attention animal lovers! Sarah Bowen is an animal chaplain who teaches interspecies mindfulness practices, helps humans survive the pain of animal loss, and advocates for exploited and endangered species. Her forthcoming book is Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice for Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, and Healing the Planet. Welcome, Sarah. Why do you think talking about animal loss is important?

FULL SPEAKING BIO:

Sarah Bowen is an animal chaplain and a co-founder of Compassion Consortium, the first interfaith, interspiritual, and interspecies community for people who care about and advocate for animals and the planet. She also companions animals through death, creates sacred memorial rituals, counsels humans grieving animal loss, and advocates for exploited and endangered species in both religious and secular contexts.
 
Sarah is also an academic dean at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, where she encourages emerging clergy to align their spiritual values with animal and planetary welfare. In addition, she has presented on animal death and interspecies spirituality in a wide range of venues, including United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Compassion Arts Festival, Pace E Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence Action Week, The Spiritual Forum, and numerous podcasts.

 

An award-winning author, she authored two books on modern spirituality, including Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose. Her latest book is Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice for Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, & Trying to Heal the Planet (Monkfish Publishing, April 2022). She is a columnist on animal/human relationships for Spirituality & Health magazine, and her work has appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Elephant Journal, mindbodygreen, and a wide range of spirituality media.

"If we heed Bowen's teachings, perhaps animals will help us become more nonviolent toward one another―and teach us how to be human."

John Dear, author of The Nonviolent Life, Living Peace and other books; executive director of www.beatitudescenter.org