DECORATING YOUR PAPER
The lanterns consist of a floating base and a plexiglass cylinder top that fits snuggly onto the base. A 18″ X 6″ piece of transparent paper, decorated to honor one or more pets, rests on the inside edge of the plexiglass. LED candles are placed in the center (under the plexiglass).
In past years, participants have joined together to decorate the papers for their lanterns on-site at the event. However, due to COVID-19, this year we are asking participants to decorate their papers in advance. You may have your blank paper mailed to you, or you may pick it up at Radiant Heart’s facility.
If you have photographs, you may bring them to Radiant Heart where we can scan them onto transparent paper for you. (Photo paper does not allow light to shine through, so standard photographs do not work well.)
The deadline for picking up your paper and/or having photos made into transparencies, is Wednesday September 8th.
DAY OF THE EVENT – HOW IT WORKS
Please arrive at the park sometime between 6 and 8 pm. We are asking folks to arrive in shifts to prevent bottlenecks. Once we have received your paid reservation, we will contact you to schedule your arrival time.
Please dress appropriately for the weather, and consider bringing a lawn chair, cushion or blanket. A headlamp or flashlight is also recommended.
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.
At the edge of the park and parking lot you will see signs directing you to the check-in station. You will be asked a few COVID screening questions. You will then hand your pre-decorated lantern paper to a volunteer who will assemble the lantern. Once the lantern is assembled, you will be invited to walk along the path that is lighted by luminarias and flanked by hand-bell ringers. When you arrive at the beach, a volunteer will ask to check your lantern just to make sure the top is securely on the base. Then, whenever you are ready, you may then float your lantern in the lake. You are welcome to stay to watch the lanterns (we encourage you to do so!), but we ask that you do your best to remain 6 feet away from other participants who are not in your group.
At approximately 8:45 PM, volunteers in kayaks 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 decorated sheets of paper will also be collected and cremated.
All participants understand that Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets 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!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there an admission fee? No. Anyone who wants to attend and view the event 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.
May 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. Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets is a for-profit venture that believes in giving back to the community. It is our privilege to sponsor this event.