Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets Blog

Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets Blog2018-01-21T20:24:28+00:00

Where to Donate Pet Items

Clients frequently ask us where they can donate items their pets will no longer need, from collars to bedding to food to medications. These items can be hard to have around the house and donating them can be a better alternative to disposing the items. We decided to do the groundwork for our clients and create this blogpost as a quick and useful guide of what organizations will take what items in what condition. Please note that these lists may not be the complete Wish Lists for the organizations. You are more than welcome to donate to any of these [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|

A Cremation Practitioner’s View: Why I Prefer Water Cremation / Why You Should Choose Water Cremation for Your Pet

Radiant Heart has offered flame cremation since October 2013 and eco-friendly water cremation (aquamation) since December 2018.  In June 2019 (only the six month of offering aquamation) 70% of our clients chose water cremation for their pet. The other day I quoted this percentage to a new client and they asked, “Why not 100%? Why doesn’t everyone request water cremation?”  It’s a great question, and one I ask myself several times a day, because I believe if all pet parents knew what I know as a pet crematory operator, then they would choose water cremation for their pet. Why do [...]

By |July 26th, 2019|

Rooted Pet

As we wait for the final permitting of our PET400, so that Radiant Heart may finally begin offering eco-friendly pet water cremation along with traditional flame cremation, it may seem very strange to devote a blog to yet a third option – composting.  However, I’ve been reflecting on the last year of planning, and that year included learning about Rooted Pet. Early in 2018, knowing that at some time in the future we would offer both flame cremation and eco-friendly water cremation, my dear friend Daniel Pry said, “you need to offer composting as well.” Composting of a body is [...]

By |December 19th, 2018|

Eco-Friendly Water Cremation

See Eco-Friendly Water Cremation Explained for a status update. (In February 2018, a Japanese film crew traveled from Los Angeles to Bellingham to film Radiant Heart’s facility and to interview me about eco-friendly water cremation for pets…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves…) On Sunday morning, September 14, 2017, a friend sent me a text with a link to an article in the Seattle Times about a new company called Resting Waters – a pet-only funeral home and on-site provider of pet aquamation. https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/a-respectful-eco-friendly-way-to-say-goodbye/ What is aquamation? (I didn’t know either.) It’s a new term. In fact, it’s so [...]

By |March 21st, 2018|

Life Cycle’s Evolution to Radiant Heart

Having just entered our 5th year in business, Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Inc. is evolving to better meet the needs of our clients and community. We’ve experienced strong and consistent growth and are expanding with aquamation services (while continuing to offer pet cremation). Aquamation produces less carbon dioxide and pollutants, but the end result is the same – the pet’s body is reduced to bone. We believe aquamation will be an attractive option to pet parents who care about the environment. Once our aquamation machine is operational (mid-2018), we will provide a comparison chart for pet parents – cleanly illustrating [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|

Good Grief: Helping Your Child Move to the Other Side of Loss

Your child knows more than you think he or she does. As clinical psychologist Asa Brown wrote, “children are sponges, soaking up every verbal and nonverbal interaction.” A child can tell you are angry before you speak, happy before you smile, and sad before you reach out for a hug. Just as you are grieving the loss of a pet, your child may follow suit perhaps without ever understanding what is wrong. Helping your child process what is happening is crucial to his or her good mental health. The purpose of this blog post is to help you as a [...]

By |December 9th, 2017|

Reflections on Floating Lantern Pet Memorial 2016

Floating Lantern Pet Memorial 2016 took place just a little over one month ago on September 11th at Bloedel Donovan Park in Bellingham, WA. The event was sponsored by Life Cycle Pet Cremation and organized by yours truly. It has taken me more than one month and several drafts of this blog to adequately put my thoughts about the event into words. In retrospect, only one word is needed: release. As the director of a pet-only funeral home and cremation service, most of the time I interact with clients in their moment of need – just before, or immediately after, [...]

By |October 18th, 2016|

Retired Military Dog

In early 2013, when Life Cycle Pet Cremation was still under development, a wise friend who had retired from the military suggested that we offer complimentary cremation for military dogs. It was a great idea that we expanded on, as noted on our Discounts web page: Military Dogs: Any dog who served in one of the following organizations is eligible for a complimentary private cremation with full after-care package. Proof of service required. U.S. armed forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard) U.S. Border Patrol Whatcom, Skagit or Island County police or sheriff department Last month (June [...]

By |July 2nd, 2016|