Grieving the deaths of children within their families, members of the Rim Country chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF), a national self-help bereavement support organization, will join tens of thousands of families worldwide in lighting candles at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, as an act of symbolic remembrance.
Although no formal ceremony is planned locally, members will light their candles individually, and with friends and family in their homes.
This is the eleventh observance of The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting®, an annual event where persons around the globe, united in the loss of a child, light candles for one hour, the second Sunday in December. Candles are first lit at 7 p.m., local time just west of the International Date Line. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are then lighted in the next, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light, as the observance continues in countries around the world.
"The holiday season is an extremely difficult time of the year for families grieving the death of a child," says Bill Knauss, Rim Country TCF Chapter Leader.
"This marks over a decade the Worldwide Candle Lighting has united bereaved families around the globe as a symbolic way of showing the love we continue to carry for our children, even though they can no longer be with us physically. This candle lighting surpasses all political boundaries, as tens of thousands of persons will participate in countries around the world."
"We invite everyone, whether or not they have suffered the personal loss of a child, to join in this moving tribute."
The Rim Country Chapter Web site is www.rimcountrytcf .org. To contact the Rim Country chapter of The Compassionate Friends, call Knauss at 978-1492.