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Life Cycle Pet Cremation Blog

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 …Read More

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. …Read More

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 …Read More

Floating Lantern: A Passion Project

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

Fairhaven Princess

  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 …Read More

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 …Read More

For Professional Pet Care Providers: What To Say When A Pet Client Dies

While at the Seattle Pet Expo one month ago (June 20, 2015), I came across a booth for a professional pet sitting company in Seattle that was so well put together, and had such great materials, that I just had to stop and compliment the owner. Once he discovered my main occupation (pet after-care), he asked, “What can I say when a pet I’ve cared for dies? What do I …Read More

Fleas! An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Driving down Fairhaven Parkway, it’s hard to miss the signs in front of Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital advertising flea prevention. In fact, these not-so-gentle reminders have been there for a while (a few months already?) and with good reason. Recent mild winters have resulted in a major flea problem in our neck-of-the-woods. Why would a pet funeral director be concerned about fleas? First, I’m a pet parent. Second, I care about …Read More

The Day After

A few months ago it was my privilege to provide after-care for an 18-year-old male orange tabby. The tabby’s death hit his human mom very hard. The day after her cat’s death she couldn’t stand to be in the house. Even though her other cats were extra cuddly, the void left by the orange tabby, her “little man,” was profound. He had been the vocal one. The boss. A strong …Read More

Emma

I have an elderly cat named Emma, a tiny DSH tuxedo whose “boxing weight” was 9 lbs, but who today weighs around 5 lbs. Technically she’s a family pet, but really…I have no problem claiming her as “mine.” She was adopted when I was a singleton, 19 years ago, one month before I met my husband, Bill. She is a bridge between my past life and the present. Emma has …Read More

Simple Exercise for Emotional Stress Relief

The grief experienced by a human when they lose a pet is just as profound, and just as devastating, as the loss of a human friend or family member. Grief that is triggered by the death of a pet often results in a disruption of normal functioning. A grieving pet parent’s brain can be “fried,” making them feel confused and vulnerable. It’s not uncommon for grieving pet parents to be …Read More