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Long Islanders Participate in Ritual Promoting Love and Remembrance for Departed Family Members

Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum, known for its exceptionally beautiful grounds and world-class arboreta, hosted its first Lantern Lighting Celebration for families to honor deceased loved ones.

The celebration, which included two events on Saturday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 24, were held for families to remain connected to loved ones after they have passed.  

Invited as a guest speaker at the celebration was Reverend Lamonte S. Granby, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bronxville.  Reverend Granby, who recently spoke at Pinelawn’s Spring Candlelight Remembrance Vigil, shared his thoughts on carrying those we love in our hearts.

“It’s very important for families to continue to feel connected with their loved ones, even after they pass,” said Kristyn Hovanec, Marketing Manager, Pinelawn.  “Today, people tend to live very hectic lives, so we are happy to be able to host events so that families can take a pause to reconnect and honor those they’ve lost.”

During the events, attended by over 400 people, guests received complimentary floating lanterns which they personalized and decorated, and then released within Pinelawn’s Rose Garden Fountain as their loved one’s name was read aloud under the beauty of string lights and the soothing sounds of a live acoustic guitar and violin duo.  Guests were also treated to food and invited to walk among the park’s vibrant rose garden labyrinth. 

Pinelawn events are offered free of charge to its families and the public.  Click here to see the full 2021 calendar of events, and to be added to the email list to learn more.

Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum, located in Farmingdale, New York, is a non-sectarian cemetery prided on creating and maintaining a beautiful and serene environment where families can find tranquility and comfort.  Its open and expansive landscape features hundreds of acres of manicured grounds, unique architecture, flowing bronze fountains and flower-lined walks.  Its beautiful memorial gardens offer all who visit, scenic beauty where they can reflect upon their loved ones in peace. For more information on Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum, or to schedule a tour of the property, visit or call 631-249-6100.

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