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. 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.
Every year you are invited to post a message in the Remembrance Book which will be available during the event on TCF's national website.
PLEASE NOTE: We will do our very best to keep you apprised of any schedule changes or cancellations that may occur. However, as sometimes these decisions are made at the last minute, we encourage you to call the local contact number of your Candle Lighting for details.
2013 Worldwide Candle Lighting Press Release
National Media Stories and Videos from before the 2013 Worldwide Candle Lighting
National Media Stories and Videos from before and after the 2012 Worldwide Candle Lighting
These Worldwide Candle Lighting Posters may be used for publicity. Posters are copyrighted and may not be changed in any manner.