Submitted by: Radiant Heart After-Care For Pets

The Floating Lantern Pet Memorial at Bloedel Donovan Park is returning on Sunday, Sept. 12. The event starts at 6 p.m. and features memorial lanterns set afloat on Lake Whatcom at dusk and takes place on National Pet Memorial Day.

“This event has struck a chord with pet owners in the community,” said Bobbie Ruth Langley, organizer of the event and owner of Bellingham business Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets. “It’s a tangible, meaningful way for grieving pet parents to express their love for a deceased pet and be with other people who are feeling the same way.”

2022 is a special year for the event. Since its beginning in 2015, 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,” Langley said. “2022 will be the first year that Radiant Heart will donate 100% of lantern reservation fees to the Whatcom Humane Society.”

Participants reserve a lantern, which they can then decorate prior to the event with their pet’s name, image or other remembrance. The day of the event, the decorated lantern top is affixed to the lantern base and participants walk along a lighted path to the release point on the beach. The path will be lit by luminarias and flanked by several hand-bell ringers – light and sound will guide participants to the beach.

Those wishing to participate can learn more and pre-order a lantern by visiting www.radiant-heart.net/floating-lantern. People are also welcome to attend the event without floating a lantern.

Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets was founded in 2013. It is Whatcom County’s sole pet-only funeral home and on-site cremation service, offering both traditional fire cremation and eco-friendly water cremation. It is located at 801 W. Orchard Drive, Suite 3, Bellingham.

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