Worldwide Candle Lighting
Light a Candle for All Children Who Have Died
Every year, since 1997, on the second Sunday in December The Compassionate Friends (TCF) hold a Worldwide Candle Lighting in memory of all children who have died too soon.
On this day people around the world are encouraged to light a candle to so that...Their Light May Always Shine.
This year the fourteenth Worldwide Candle Lighting will be held on December 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in all time zones around the globe.
Image Source: The Compassionate Friends. Worldwide Candle Lighting Image.
Remembering Children in Poetry
Poem Excerpt about the Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting
- Children we remember
- Though missing from our sight
- In honor and remembrance
- We light candles in the night...
- We will not forget
- And every year in deep December
- On Earth we will light candles
- As we remember
- Jacqueline Brown
Photo Source: Eli Ratner. Blue Candles. Royalty Free Use.
Worldwide Candle Lighting Video
Learn more about the Worldwide Candle Lighting by watching this YouTube Video from the Compassionate Friends.
What is the Worldwide Candle Lighting
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is held at 7:00 p.m. for one hour in every time zone around the world on the second Sunday in December.
As candles go out in one time zone, they are lit in the next creaing a virtual 24-hour memorial of candles that encircles the globe to honor and remember all children who have died.
The Worldwide Candle Lighting is a way of giving bereaved families around the world the chance to share their loss and remember their child...so that their light may always shine.
It is a way to circle the globe in a virtual 24-hour Memorial in memory of children.
Image: Jozsef Szoke. Blue Lights. Royalty Free Use.
More about the Worldwide Candle Lighting
- Worldwide Candle Lighting
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle LightingÂ®, held annually the second Sunday in December, this year December 14, unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at a
- Frequently Asked Questions about The Worldwide Candle Lighting
A page with frequently asked questions about The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting.
- More information on the 2008 Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Services
Communities across the globe will be joining in The Compassionate Friends12th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on December 14, 2008.
- Suggestions to Help Plan a Worldwide Candle Lighting Service
PDF File with information to help you plan your own Candle Lighting Service.
- Music for Candle Lighting Programs
Music titles suitable for memorial candle lighting programs from the Compassionate Friends.
- Precious Child
You can hear the Music from the YouTube Video. "Precious Child" was composed for The Compassionate Friends by Karen Taylor Good.
- Audio & Video Exclusives From National TCF
Link to order The Compassionate Friends Video, the song "Precious Child" and other resources.
Worldwide Candle Lighting
How Can I Get Involved?
Information for participating in the Worldwide Candle Lighting.
How Can I get involved?
As the dates draw closer to December check The Compassionate Friends website for listings of planned observances.
If you are interested in holding your own candle lighting event you can download guidelines for planning or check on information to hold your own.
Listings of the known planned observances and guidelines for planning and holding your own Worldwide Candle Lighting will be posted as they become available on The Compassionate Friends Website.
...that their light might
Worldwide Candle Lighting 2008 -Original Logo
Circling the Globe in a Virtual 24-hour Memorial
Memorial Vase and Candle in the Amazon Spotlight
A beautiful way to remember loved ones a this floating vase and memorial candle
The words engraved on the vase read, ''This light shines as a symbol of lives and loves remembered.''
The Vase measures 7 in high x 3-1/2 in wide
Vigil Candles Available on Amazon
The Worldwide Candle Lighting is thought to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world. Thousands of more events are held around the world informally at home or other special places of remembrance.
The Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting event started in 1997 in the United States as a small Internet observance, but over the last ten years has grown in size and spread around the globe.
The Candle Lighting is a way to commemorate and honor children in an event that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries, because grief knows no boundaries.
Lighting candles for all children who have died.
I will light a candle for you...
Shattering the Darkness with Light
- To shatter all the darkness
- And bless the time we know.
- Like a beacon in the night
- The flame will burn bright
- And guide us on our way.
- Today I light a candle for you.
I will light a candle for you... Magnolia Jazz. on Flickr.
Photo Source: Kathryn McCallum. Blue Star. Royalty Free Use.
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting - More Information about the Event to Remember Children Who Have Died
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is a way of uniting family and friends around the globe as candles are lit for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.
- The 2008 Worldwide Candle Lighting
General Information page about The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting.
- Worldwide Candle Lighting News Stories 2007 - Before the Event
Links to articles about what the media said before the 2007 Worldwide Candle Lighting.
- Worldwide Candle Lighting News Stories
What the media said after last year's Worldwide Candle Lighting.
- Frequently Asked Questions for the Worldwide Candle Lighting
Frequently Asked Questions about The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting.
- Guidelines for Holding a Candle Lighting in Conjunction with the Worldwide Candle Lighting
A pdf file with information to help in organizing and planning a Worldwide Candle Lighting in your own area.
About The Compassionate Friends
Assisting Families Following the Death of a Child of Any Age
The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. Their mission is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.
The Compassionate Friends works on the premise that as seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal.
Image: The Compassionate Friends Logo.
Remembering at Christmas
Image: Jaime Krayger. Sad Christmas In PA. Royalty Free Use.
LED Single Ivory Taper in the Amazon Spotlight
This realistic flickering LED gives a flame effect and includes a real solid brass oil lamp style base.
The timer feature allows for 8 hours of continuous operation and automatic turn on at the same time the next night.
LED Window Candles on Amazon
Flameless Candles Available on Amazon
A safer option for Vigils...the new flameless candles.
The Compassionate Friends - Home Page - Offering Hope to Bereaved Parents and Families
The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings.
- The Compassionate Friends
The home page for The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Organization.
Benefiting Save the Children
This lens benefits Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.
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