Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an admission fee involved? No, our events are free to the public. However, to participate in the lantern floating, you should reserve a lantern before the event, otherwise, we cannot guarantee there will be a lantern for you the day of the event.
How do I reserve a lantern? They can be reserved online by visiting: http://www.floatinglanternmemorials.com/reserve-your-lantern/. Lanterns will be available for pick up in a designated area on the day of the event. Please bring a printed copy of the receipt as proof of payment in order to receive your lantern(s).
I cannot be there to personally float a lantern, can I still participate? Yes, you can order an absentee lantern, and request to have your remembrances written onto it by a volunteer. We will then set it afloat for you the night of the event. You must select Absentee Lantern if you are choosing this option! **Please reserve before the deadline.
What should I bring? If you are floating a lantern, bring a 5″ x 7″ photocopy of a picture of your beloved pet companion to be attached to it. You are welcome to bring a picture of yourself and your beloved to be placed on our memorial wall as well. Art supplies for lantern decoration will be provided by Sam Flax. Please note: Heavy decorations will make the lanterns tilt when placed in the water. Therefore, they will not be allowed.
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, we have decided to use flickering LED lights instead. They have the same effect, plus they stay lit for hours, making them easier to find when it’s time to retrieve the lanterns from the lake.
May I bring my dog? Bringing dogs to the event is not encouraged. The night is about honoring our departed companions, not the ones we are lucky enough to still have with us. Please understand that we aim to encourage connection with other fellow animal lovers, not dog on dog love :o). Also, keep in mind that we will have a full schedule that includes the lantern decorating, the procession, lantern floating etc. and it will be very difficult to juggle all of that and your dog as well.
What happens to the lanterns after the ceremony? Every single lantern will be retrieved from the water right after the event and a crew will check again the following morning. Some of the wooden parts will cleaned and stored for future usage, while all the sleeves with the dedicated remembrances will be removed and handled in a proper and respectful way.
Will the event take place rain or shine? Yes. Any rain delays will be communicated via our Facebook and Twitter pages. Unfortunately, due to schedule availability of all the people involved, the event cannot be rescheduled.
Is Floating Lantern Memorials a non-profit? NO. FLM is a social good corporation created with the purpose of organizing collective pet memorials in our communities. All lantern sales proceeds are used towards the production of the events.
DISCLAIMER: All participants understand that Floating Lantern Memorials, 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!