News & Events


Worldwide Candle Lighting

Held annually the second Sunday in December, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.

2013 Update:

More than 620 Worldwide Candle lighting events were held around the world on Sunday, December 8th. Although areas across the country were experiencing weather challenges, people braved the rain and snow to honor the lives of all children who left us much too soon. Our thanks to all who held or helped with services so others might attend.

To allow as many families as possible to post their memories, experiences and thoughts, TCF extended the posting time frame for the Remembrance Book an extra 24 hours. By that night, more than 4,500 people had visited to share their heartfelt messages.

…that their light may always shine.


TCF's Annual National Conference

A TCF National Conference is an event unlike any other where bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents are able to share with others walking the same grief journey. This is combined with well-known speakers, great entertainment, and more than 100 workshops covering most areas of grief after the death of a child. Read More


Walk to Remember

The Compassionate Friends Walk to Remember®, now a highlight of every TCF National Conference, was created as a symbolic way to show the love we carry for the children we mourn. Held at 8:00 a.m. Sunday on the final day of the national conference, the Walk starts at the host hotel of the conference. Read More


Regional Conferences

Regional conferences offer a rewarding opportunity to share an intimate time with families that have also experienced the death of a child and are seeking ways to learn more about the common path on which we walk. Read More


Grief in the News

Grief in the News provides links to stories available online that generally reflect involvement by The Compassionate Friends in their communities and the nation. Read More