Gather at 6:30 pm and share in quiet time together around outside fire as weather allows. Candle lighting at 7:00pm. Candles provided. This will happen both in-person at the sanctuary and via ZOOM. If weather is inclement, we will proceed with ZOOM only. Please contact us to receive ZOOM connection information.
Please bring photo of your loved one and anything you would like to share — remembrances, songs, poems, etc. Please feel free to submit anything ahead of time to be read/shared in-person as well if you prefer. Bring flashlight if attending in person and appropriate outdoor gear.
ABOUT THE WORLDWIDE CANDLE LIGHTING MEMORIAL SERVICE
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the 2nd Sunday in December unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit on December 10th, 2023 at 7:00 pm local time, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.
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.