Families struggling with the devastating death of a child often find comfort in memory. That’s why members of the Rim Country Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children who have died. The chapter is joining Sunday, Dec. 9 with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for the 16th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting.
The local candle lighting will highlight a special service at 6.45 p.m. at Green Valley Park and will feature a brief program of music and readings followed by a candlelight walk. Tens of thousands of families, united in loss, light candles for one hour during the Worldwide Candle Lighting. Candles are first lit at 7 p.m. local time. So as candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world.
“This is our gift to the bereavement community,” says TCF/USA Executive Director Patricia Loder. “The holiday season is an extremely difficult time of the year for families grieving the death of a child. This marks nearly two decades 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.”
TCF’s national Web site, www.compassionatefriends.org, will have a Remembrance Book open for posts Dec. 9, which will receive thousands of tributes from family members and other caring individuals.
For information, call Bill Knauss at (928) 978-1492.