Floating Lantern Pet Memorial 2022


Sunday September 11, 2022

Bloedel-Donovan Park / Bellingham, WA

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Join us at the edge of beautiful Lake Whatcom on the second Sunday in September (National Pet Memorial Day) for an evening of remembrance and gratitude for those special pets we have loved and lost.

Anyone may join us to watch the lanterns on the lake, but pet parents who wish to decorate and float a lantern in honor of one or more pets must reserve use of a lantern in advance.

If you cannot be present but would like to have a lantern floated for you, you may reserve an absentee lantern.


2022 is a special year. Since the beginning, Radiant Heat has wanted to make this event one that financially benefits a local pet charity. Until this year, we have needed lantern reservation fees to help off-set the cost of creating the reusable lanterns. 2022 will be the first year that Radiant Heart will donate 100% of lantern reservation fees to the Whatcom Humane Society.


Also, because this year’s event falls on September 11, a special lantern will be decorated in honor of the pets who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Important Dates:

Aug 8 – Vellum papers available for pick up from Radiant Heart (801 W. Orchard Drive Ste. 3)

Aug 18 – Last day to order commemorative t-shirts – UNISEX or WOMEN’S

Sept 8 – Last day to reserve a lantern

Sept 9 – Last day to pick up vellum paper


110 in stock

Reservation Type * 

Arrival Time * 

We’re asking folks to choose a specific time period for arrival to avoid/reduce crowding at check-in. You are welcome to stay for the duration of the event.

Paper * 

Regardless of the option you choose below, please select LOCAL PICK-UP AT CHECK OUT! Otherwise you will be charged an additional fee.


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).

Participants will decorate their papers in advance and bring them to the event. 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 email them to us, or bring them to Radiant Heart where we can print them on 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 7th.


Please arrive at the park sometime between 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.  Participants are asked to select a time slot to avoid bottlenecks.

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. Depending on State of WA requirements at the time, you may 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!).  Social distancing is recommended.

At approximately 8:45 PM, volunteers in kayaks will begin retrieving all lanterns from the lake.

The floating lanterns are made of reusable materials 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 flame cremated at a later date.


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!


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.  In 2022, all ticket sales will be donated to the Whatcom Humane Society.

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 and to donate all ticket sales to the Whatcom Humane Society.