This year’s service takes place tomorrow.
The Compassionate Friends Candlelighting Memorial Service
“Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the annual Worldwide Candle Lighting (WCL), a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. TCF’s WCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance and has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held, and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes, as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died and will never be forgotten.”
We’ve done this every year since 2000, after my daughter died. Now I will light two candles. Three… one for my husband, one for my daughter, and one for a baby son I never had a chance to hold.
“We also will be holding a virtual candle lighting for those who would prefer to attend virtually. We will have four programs in the
Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Register below for your time zone.”
“Every year you are invited to post a message in the Remembrance Book which will be available, during the event, at TCF’s national website. The Remembrance Book will be open to post a message Wednesday, December 1st, through Monday, December 13th. Photos can be posted on our Worldwide Candle Lighting Facebook page.