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Floating Lantern Pet Memorial 2017

National Pet Memorial Day
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Bloedel-Donovan Park * Bellingham, WA
6:30 – 9:00 PM

Join us for a personal and collective moment
of remembrance, reflection, and gratitude
for the pets who have enriched our lives.

Eventbrite - Floating Lantern Pet Memorial Bellingham 2017


Floating Lantern Pet Memorial Bellingham was established in 2015 as a way to help members of our community remember and celebrate the lives of beloved pets of all varieties.

The concept for this event was influenced by Floating Lantern Memorials (www.floatinglanternmemorials.com), which in turn was influenced by Lantern Floating Hawaii (www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com).

We are deeply indebted to Jannette Matos of Floating Lantern Memorials for her generous guidance.

Previous Memorials were held in 2015 and 2016.


If you would like to decorate and float a lantern, please register in advance. Only a small number of non-reserved lanterns will be available on the day of the event.

If you cannot be present but would like to have a lantern floated for you, you may reserve an absentee lantern. You may pick up and decorate the paper in advance, or a volunteer will decorate the paper for you.

Call 360-778-9578 to register or register via Eventbrite.


Please arrive at the park between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. Please dress appropriately for the weather after sunset, and consider bringing a lawn chair, cushion or blanket.

At check-in you will receive a 18″ X 6″ sheet of transparent paper that can be decorated with memories of your beloved pet. Pens and markers will be provided for your use. You may also bring a photocopy of your pet’s picture (non-returnable) to attach to the paper. (A color printer/scanner will be available on-site for folks who only have photos on photo paper. You may scan your photograph and create a paper copy for your lantern allowing you to keep the original.  (Photo paper doesn’t allow light to shine through and so does not work well on a lantern.)

When it is complete, volunteers will help you place your decorated paper into a lantern structure.

Then whenever you are ready (physically and emotionally) a lighted path flanked by several hand-bell ringers will guide you to the release point on the beach.  (***This is different from previous years when the lantern release happened in unison.)  Volunteers will be at the release point to assist you, and a gong or other percussive instrument will be gently struck as your lantern is released.

You are encouraged to stay as long as you like to watch the lanterns and visit with other participants.

At approximately 9 PM, volunteers will begin retrieving all lanterns from the lake.

The floating lanterns are made of reusable material, and are lit by LED lights. Every single lantern will be retrieved from the water right after the event and a crew will check again the following morning. Reusable parts will be cleaned and stored for future use.

The paper sleeves cannot be returned to you. They will be respectfully collected and cremated.


This event would not be possible without the kindness of people, like you, who are willing to offer their time and talents.

We are looking for folks who would be willing to:

  • Set-up tables and chairs before the event.
  • Run the check-in table.
  • Help participants put together their lanterns and create absentee lanterns.
  • Distribute water and/or cookies to participants.
  • Be responsible for/float absentee lanterns.
  • Paddle a canoe to distribute and/or collect lanterns from the water.
  • Break-down tables and chairs, store supplies, help load vehicles.
  • Collect trash and recycling.

If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have a canoe or boat with an electric motor that you are willing to let us use for this event, please contact Bobbie Ruth Langley at floating-lantern@lifecyclepet.com.


Is there an admission fee? No. Anyone who wants to attend is invited. However, if you want to decorate and float a lantern then there is a fee to help defray the cost of this event.

May I bring my dog? Please do not bring your dog, or any other pet, to this event. This event is about honoring our departed companions, not the ones we are lucky enough to still have with us.

Will the event take place rain or shine? Any severe weather delays will be communicated via e-mail and the event Facebook page.

How do I reserve a lantern? Click here to reserve a lantern on EventBrite. A limited number of lanterns may also be available on the day of the event. However, we strongly recommend that you make an advance registration on-line.

I cannot be there to personally float a lantern, can I still participate? Yes. To order an absentee lantern simply register on-line and then contact Bobbie Ruth Langley at floating-lantern@lifecyclepet.com or 360-778-9578. A volunteer will decorate your lantern for you, or you may pick up the paper in advance to decorate it and then return it before the event.

What should I bring? You may want to bring a photocopy of your pet’s picture (non-returnable) to attach to the paper for your lantern. You are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair, cushion or blanket.  A head lamp would also be useful.

Can I bring my own lantern to float? Out of concern for the safety of the participants and the environment, outside lanterns will not be allowed. Our lanterns had to be pre-approved due to Fire Department’s restrictions.

Do you use real candles? No. For the safety of the environment and all those involved, lanterns will be lit by amber-colored flickering LED lights that provide a visual effect similar to real candles.

What happens to the lanterns after the ceremony? Every single lantern will be retrieved from the water right after the event. Reusable parts will be cleaned and stored for future use. The paper sleeves will be respectfully collected and cremated.

Is Floating Lantern Pet Memorial Bellingham a non-profit organization? No. Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Inc. is a for-profit venture that believes in giving back to the community. It is our privilege to organize and help pay for the cost of this event. Due to the high cost of the new lanterns, we do not anticipate any proceeds in 2016. However, in future years, we will donate all proceeds to a local pet-related charity. Also, Life Cycle will make a $250 donation to a local charity on behalf of all 2016 participants.

DISCLAIMER: All participants understand that Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Inc. has no control over unforeseen events nor will be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage to any person or property that may occur as a result.

Thank you so much for your interest. We hope you can join us!