Meet Rev. Nancy Schluntz

Pet loss bereavement counselor and pet loss group facilitator

Intuitive animal communicator

Animal Reiki practitioner

Interfaith minister

My practice is dedicated to helping animals and their people enrich their relationships, and to providing spiritual guidance for people experiencing transitions such as the deep grief of losing a loved animal companion. I am a published writer, public speaker, and have many years’ experience in professional and volunteer service of humans and animals.


Interfaith Minister, concentrating on Animal Chaplaincy; ordained by the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministry (2007). Co-ordained an Interfaith/Interspiritual Cleric and Minister with the Order of Universal Interfaith (2013). Member, Association of Professional Chaplains.

Certificate in Spiritual Psychology, based on Jungian theory and the Kabbalah Tree of Life, which demonstrates how our physical, psychological and emotional selves are interconnected; from the West Coast Kabbalah School.

A Native American teacher has mentored my deep study of the Native American Medicine Wheel as a spiritual journey.

Intuitive animal communicator, trained with several teachers and animal mentors. Species Link, a journal of interspecies telepathic communication, and Animal Reiki Source, a newsletter for animal Reiki practitioners, have published some of the communications I received from animals.

Animal Reiki master/teacher practitioner, trained by Reiki Teacher Kathleen Prasad. I am a member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) and adhere to the SARA Code of Ethics. Shinpiden (Reiki 3) Usui Reiki Ryoho training from Frans Stiene.

Pet Loss Bereavement and Grief counseling, certified by the Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement (, with additional training with Teresa Wagner (  I also trained as a grief counselor at East Bay Agency for Children and served there as a volunteer co-facilitator of grief support groups for children. I facilitate a monthly pet loss group - a safe, small-group container that helps people experiencing the deep grief of losing an animal companion to know they are not alone.

Community service for animals is at Sulphur Creek Nature Center, a program of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. As a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer, I work to bring peace and reassurance to animals that have been injured and are healing prior to being released back into the wild. I see and honor the essential nature of the permanent resident animals, and lovingly help them adjust to their new roles as educators of humankind.


I served as Executive Director of the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO), a human services agency providing shelter and supportive services for homeless families with children. Working with this mid-sized, interdenominational, faith-based nonprofit agency helped lead me onto the path of interfaith ministry.

The seeds for my calling, and my intuitive connection to animals and nature, took root in the jungle oil camp in Colombia where I was born. My family also lived in Peru and Argentina for many years before returning to the United States. Living as a foreigner in another culture broadened and deepened my perspective and cultural understanding. I learned to observe and listen, with many animal and human teachers to guide me. A crossroads experience of deep grief and release led me to this work. I am grateful to have come full circle to focus on the richness of the fabric of the the cycle of life and our place in it.