Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets Blog

Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets Blog 2018-01-21T20:24:28+00:00

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|

Floating Lantern: A Passion Project

Join us for Floating Lantern Pet Memorial 2016! On the evening of Sunday, June 5, 2016, photographer Diane Padys of Diane Padys Photography volunteered to meet me at Bloedel Donovan Park to photograph an example of the new floating lantern for Floating Lantern Pet Memorial 2016. At 9:00 p.m. the beach was still full of families and their dogs, enjoying the warmth of the day that was stretching into dusk. Lying prone on blankets at the edge of the lake, Diane graciously dealt with curious dogs and children while taking photos for almost an hour. As the light [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|

Including Your Pet’s Care (and After-Care) in Your Estate Planning

Shortly after Life Cycle opened for business in October 2013, a woman (we’ll call her Natalie) contacted me. Natalie was clearly elderly and in ill health, but she was still spunky and positive about life.  She didn’t know how long she had to live, but she knew for certain that she would outlive her beloved and also aging cocker spaniel (who we will call Remy). After speaking with me at length, Natalie placed Life Cycle’s brochure, along with instructions to use our service for Remy, with a copy of her will. When Natalie passed away, and then Remy passed away, [...]

By | June 10th, 2016|

Fairhaven Princess

  Elsa Back at the end of September, a client paid me an extremely high compliment. Arshia Fathali and his wife Heather (owners of Fairhaven Rug Gallery) selected Life Cycle Pet Cremation for the honor of providing after-care for their Doberman Pinscher, Elsa.  Anyone who has ever been to the Rug Gallery has inevitably met Elsa. They may have even had the pleasure of seeing her regally decked out in the tribal necklace that she loved to wear, and that suited her naturally regal appearance so perfectly. After bringing Elsa to our facility and then spending time with [...]

By | December 7th, 2015|

Unique Ways to Scatter Your Pet’s Cremated Remains

Scattering cremated remains is a practice as old as cremation itself, and something that about one-third of pet parents opt to do in memory of their pet. I love it when pet parents share their plans for scattering their pet’s cremated remains. The ideas are always meaningful, and usually the plan is still under consideration. That’s one of the great things about cremation—you can take as long as you like to decide when, where and even how to do the scattering. The Washington State guidelines for scattering pet cremated remains are the same as for human cremated remains. According to [...]

By | August 30th, 2015|