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Worldwide Candle Lighting

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The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 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 at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, 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 WWCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but 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, but will never be forgotten.

2013 Worldwide Candle Lighting Press Release

National Media Stories and Videos from before and after the 2013 Worldwide Candle Lighting


These Worldwide Candle Lighting Posters may be used for publicity. Posters are copyrighted and may not be changed in any manner.


Listen to the beautiful song, Long Before Your Time, created by our sister organization, Bunderverband Verwaiste Eltern from Germany especially for the Worldwide Candle Lighting (Translation)