2013 Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Services - Florida

Communities across the globe will be joining in The Compassionate Friends 17th Worldwide Candle Lighting on December 8, 2013.

You are invited to provide us information about your Worldwide Candle Lighting event for posting so people in your area will know of your service (open to the public) and be able to attend. Please complete the Worldwide Candle Lighting Information Form.  Note: we reserve the right to edit all submissions.

IMPORTANT: If you attempt to submit your candle lighting service and we do not contact you or your service is not listed within 48 hours, please contact Joan@compassionatefriends.org.

Click on your state below to view Worldwide Candle Lighting events in your area. 

 Services are being added daily! Stop back often!!



Countries Outside of the United States: Argentina - Australia - Austria - Bahamas - Belgium - Canada - Dominican Republic - England - France - Germany - Guam - Hungary - Namibia - Nepal - Netherlands - New Zealand - North Mariana Islands - Philippines - Poland - Puerto Rico - Slovakia - South Africa - Switzerland

Cape Coral
Branch of Life Christian Fellowship

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Branch of Life Christian Fellowship, 815 SE 47th Street (off Coronado Pkwy at SE 47th Street), Cape Coral, FL
Highlights: Readings, music, meditation, and prayer.
Bring: Framed photo's 8 X 10 or smaller or small remembrance.
Special Events (after): Light refreshments to follow service. 
Contact: Rev. Tony Cubello
Telephone: 239-464-4803 Email: Branchoflife@juno.com

Cape Coral
Lee County Florida Chapter of Bereaved Parents of the USA

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Cape Coral Yacht Club, Tony Rotino, 5817-C Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral, FL
Highlights: Please join the Lee County Chapter of BP/USA as we remember our children at our 8th annual candle lighting. We will have reading of poems and special music.
Bring: We will have a special table set up for you to bring a framed picture or small remembrance of your child to display. We ask if you would please bring a small quantity dessert to pass.
Special Events (before): Arrive between 5:30 Pm to 6:00 PM to secure parking, put out snacks, photos or remembrances, and allow the service to start promptly at 6:40 PM. Arrive early to secure parking and to visit our Angel Boutique.
Special Events (after): Socializing and light refreshments, meet chapter leader and steering committee members. Please bring a small dessert to pass.
Contact: Helene Lagudi
Telephone:239-633-2158 Email: MysonFrankie@aol.com  

The Compassionate Friends Pinellas County Chapter  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 2165 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater, FL
Highlights: Readings, music, slideshow, children's names, ornaments.
Bring: Please send a picture of your child to: Compfriends.ba@gmail.com for the slideshow.
Special Events (after): Open house reception with refreshments in the Janel Casey Memorial room.
Contact: Nova Redlow
Telephone: 727-561-7633 Email: tcfpinellascountychapter@yahoo.com

The Compassionate Friends Broward County/Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: St. David Catholic Church, 3900 South University Drive, Davie FL
Highlights: Slide show and poems.
Special Events (after): Donuts.
Additional: If you would like to have your child included in the slide show please email their photo to either jeffbugman@aol.com or virginiaherr@aol.com by December 2nd. We will need your child's name, angel date, and a phone number in case we have any questions. If you cannot email the photo you may contact us and we will make other arrangements.
Contact: Chris Bravate
Telephone: 954-370-3446 

St. Bonaventure Church  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: St. Bonaventure Church, 1301 SW 136th Avenue, Davie, FL
Highlights: Music, readings, and reading of children's names.
Bring: Please bring a candle in remembrance of your child.
Contact: Sue McCrea
Telephone: 954-476-5204 Email: redirector@stbonaventurechurch.com

The Compassionate Friends Gainesville Chapter 

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Location: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 9700 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL
Highlights: We will have readings, poems, and music special to us and our children.
Bring: Bring a picture or small remembrance of your child no larger than 8x10. Bring a dish to share if joining us for the meal.
Special Events (before): Covered dish meal at 6:00 PM. Service to begin at 6:45 PM. 
Contact: Gay Hale
Email: gayhale@hotmail.com

The Compassionate Friends Orange Park-Jacksonville Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Southside United Methodist Church, 3120 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL
Highlights: Candle lighting in memory of our kids and reading of poetry with a slideshow of our kids.
Bring: There will be light refreshments after the ceremony.
Additional: If you would like your child’s picture included in the slide show, please send it via email to ssphoenix2909@gmail.com. Please include child’s name, date of birth/date of death and age at death. 
Contact: Sharon Sharp
Telephone: 904-743-7538 Email: ssphoenix2909@gmail.com

Keystone Heights
The Compassionate Friends Lake Area Keystone Heights  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Champions Heart Building, 205 Magnolia Avenue, Keystone Heights, FL (Behind Compass Bank.)
Highlights: Readings, poems, and reading of children's names.
Special Events (after): Desserts will be served.
Contact: Chuck and Mary Kramer
Telephone: 352-468-2389 Email: tcflakearea@yahoo.com

The Compassionate Friends Space Coast Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 5:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Location: Springs of Suntree Clubhouse, 8300 Holiday Springs Road, Melbourne, FL
Highlights: Program starts at 5:15 PM with a social time, a slide show of our children, and finger foods. At 6:15 PM we begin the ceremony with special readings, a reading of our children's names, and lighting of special candles. The evening concludes with a mass candle lighting by all in attendance that coincides with candle lightings around the world at the 7:00 PM hour.
Bring: Everyone is encouraged to bring pictures and memorabilia of their child. A display area is provided. Also bring an item of food that can be shared during the social time at 5:30 PM. Cameras are welcome to capture the special evening. Our lit candles will light up the darkened clubhouse and weather permitting we proceed outside with our lit candles for final readings and closing of the event.
Special Events (after): An informal sharing time is encouraged after the event.
Additional: Send photos of your child for the slide show to Marlene Surowitz at msurowitz@ymail.com, or mail hard copies to Space Coast TCF, PO Box 360678, Melbourne, FL 32936-0678. Photos will be returned at the candle lighting. Please submit photos NO LATER THAN November 15th.
Contact: Mary Lane, Chapter Leader
Telephone: 407-892-7417 Email: izzinmac@earthlink.net  

The Compassionate Friends Miami Chapter  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Location: Miami Dade County Fair & Expo Center - in the Goode Building, 10901 SW 24 ST(Coral Way), Miami, FL
Highlights: Poetry, vocalist, Karen Strolis-Lewe, individual lighting of candles, slide show, and reception.
Bring: Please bring a framed photo of your loved one no larger than 8x10 for our memorial table. Please make sure you take your photo home at the end of the evening.
Special Events (after): Guests will have the opportunity to talk with other family members dealing with the death of a child, grandchild, or sibling during the reception.
Additional: Please contact us at 305-460-5762 for information on how to submit your child's photo for the slide show and what we will need regarding your loved one. Photos must be received by November 15th to be included
Contact: Cindy Baum and Shelly Ellis
Telephone: 305-460-5762 Email: tcfmiami@bellsouth.net  

The Compassionate Friends Southwest Florida Chapter  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 5:00 PM Pot Luck /6:45 PM Candle Lighting
Location: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Ballroom, 625 111th Avenue North, Naples, FL
Highlights: This is Southwest Florida's 26th Annual Candle Lighting and Giving Tree Ceremony. As the families arrive they are met with a brilliant display of luminaries, one is personalized for every child whose family RSVP'd (or we make one up real quick!). On our giving tree each family will find a personalized ornament for their child(ren). At 6:45 PM we gather for the 7:00 PM candle lighting ceremony. Several families share the reading of our children's names as each family lights their child(ren's) personalized candle. If you submitted a picture of your child last year and wish to use it again this year just RSVP and let us know that, as always her/his picture will come up on our slideshow as his/her name is read. Mary Lou Roth plays the harp, John Dill sings, several families read for us. The tables and hall are decorated by our chapter members, especially Ethan and Lilly's dad, Jorge. Colin's sister, Cade, has created a compilation of beautiful music and songs for us to enjoy during dinner.
Bring: Pictures or a small remembrance for our picture table, a pot luck dish to share, and if you would like, a wrapped gift identified with gender/age. The gifts will be distributed at the end of the evening to all the surviving siblings that are present or not of our families and to the children of our sibling support group.
Special Events (before): Pot Luck Dinner: At 5:00 PM we gather and share a pot luck dinner together. You are encouraged to bring a dish to share that your child(ren) really enjoyed (or pizza :-).
Contact: Anne Arbelaez
Telephone: 239-690-7801 Email: swflcf@live.com  

New Port Richey
The Compassionate Friends Pasco County  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Gulf Harbors Civic Center, 4610 Floramar Terrace, New Port Richey, FL
Highlights: Music, poetry readings, DVD with children's pictures, speaker: Dr. Sherry E Showalter, individual candles and program provided.
Bring: Pot luck contribution accepted but not required. Send picture for DVD by Nov 22 to: DSmallze12@Gmail.com.
Special Events (before): Lite refreshments and fellowship at 6:30 PM.
Special Events (after): Lite refreshments, snacks, desserts, and fellowship.
Contact: Jean Limongello, Diane Smallze
Telephone: 813-273-8721 Email: Limongelloj@aol.com, DSmallze12@Gmail.com

Heritage Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Location: Heritage Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, 2201 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, FL
Highlights: Music and poems.
Bring: Bring photos or small remembrance.
Special Events (after): Lite refreshments. 
Contact: Patti Harper
Telephone: 850-729-1955 Email: pharper@heritagegardensfuneralhome.com

The Compassionate Friends Ocala Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Blessed Trinity Catholic Church - Community Room, 5 SE 17th Street, Ocala, FL
Highlights: The program includes a special presentation by Janet Erwin, remembrance music, poetry readings by family members, and lighting a candle in children's name and able to share. We encourage you to participate. 
Bring:Join us as we celebrate the lives of our children, grandchildren, and siblings in this service of remembrance. A memory table will be set up to display your children's photos or a small remembrance. Please bring one of your child's favorite treats or finger foods to share.
Special Events (after): There will be a reception following the program. 
Contact: Norellen Pickell
Telephone: 352-369-6665 Email: bnonobed@aol.com

The Compassionate Friends of Pensacola

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5725 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL
Highlights: Speakers, readings and music.
Bring: Please bring a snack to share for after the service.
Contact: Michelle Knisely
Email: 4775wsk@cox.net 

Plant City
Cedar Grove Baptist Church

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 8201 Cedar Grove Church Road, Plant City, FL
Highlights: Reading of a poem.
Contact: Debbie Tickel
Telephone: 813-737-1234 Email: cedargrove82012@gmail.com

Royal Palm Beach
The Compassionate Friends of Western Palm Beach County Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Our Lady Queen of Peace Pavilion, 10941 Southern Blvd, Royal Palm Beach, FL (West of 441 on Southern Blvd.)
Highlights: Live music, candle lighting with mention of your child's name, slide show, and sky lanterns.
Bring: Bring a candle and a framed picture or small remembrance of child to place among the other children.
Additional: If you would like your child's photo included in the slide show you have until Dec.05, 2013at 6:00 PM EST to forward a digital photo to Kerry Torres, kaethome@bellsouth.net and please include name of child.                                                                                               
Contact: Darlene Fernandez or Lynne Marksz
Telephone: 561-346-2274 or 561-315-0306 Email: sweetangelemf@aol.com, irishlynni@aol.com

The Compassionate Friends Sarasota Chapter 

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Bayfront Community Center, 803 Van Wezel Way, Sarasota, FL (Behind the Municipal Auditorium.)
Highlights: Readings, live music, and reading of children's names.
Bring: A picture if we don't have one.
Special Events (after): We invite you to join us for an informal time of fellowship at the reception following the ceremony. Coffee and pastries will be served. 
Contact: Vivian Kehrer
Telephone: 941-365-4230 Email: tcfsarasota@gmail.com

The Compassionate Friends Indian River Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: United Church of Sebastian, 1251 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian, FL
Highlights: Special music, guest speakers, and slide show of our children’s pictures.
Bring: Photos for the slide show should be emailed to hwkwnd@aol.com before Nov. 15, 2013.
Special Events (before): Greeting of attendees at 6:45 PM, candles and programs will be distributed at that time.
Special Events (after): Refreshments will be served after the program at 8:00 PM and each family will receive a small gift in remembrance of the evening.
Contact: Gina Wattles
Telephone:772-321-6680 Email: hwkwnd@aol.com

Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling Services

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling Services, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL
Highlights: Inspirational music and speakers.
Bring: A framed picture or small remembrance for display.
Contact: Laura Morgan, LMFT
Telephone: 772-403-4530 Email: lmorgan@tchospice.org

Summerfield/The Villages
The Compassionate Friends Central Florida Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: St. Mark Evangelist Catholic Church, 7081 SE County Road 42, Summerfield, FL
Highlights: Beautiful music with a featured singer and piano accompanist, poem readings and individual lighting of candles for children.
Bring: Parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives and friends, whom have suffered the death of a child, regardless of age or cause. Open to the public community.
Special Events (before): Candle, holders and programs will be provided by members of the local chapter of TCF at the entrance of the church.
Special Events (after): Special memory bracelets will be available after the service upon leaving the church.
Contact: Cheryl Dungan
Telephone: 352-347-1942

The Compassionate Friends Tallahassee Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: St. Stephen Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2198 N Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL
Highlights: The Candle Lighting Program will include speakers, readings, special music, and a reading of children's names. At 6:45 PM we will distribute individual candles for the candle lighting program. At 7:00 PM we will light the unity candle and attendees will be able to light their individual candle and speak their loved ones name. At 8:00 PM we will pass the wave of light from our candles to the next time zone. We will then have light refreshments and drinks.
Bring: A special table will be set up for you to bring a framed picture or small remembrance of your child to display. If you like, bring a favorite desert to share.
Special Events (after): Join us for light refreshments after the candle lighting and an opportunity to share with other bereaved families.
Additional: This service is open to all families, siblings, relatives, and friends who have experienced the loss of a child. All are welcome even if you are not an active member of  a TCF Chapter. If you can't be present, we will have a special table set up with a candle and your child's name on a place card; we will light these candles and read their names during the service. E-mail their name, date of birth and date of death to: tcfot@yahoo.com. Slide show photo request: If you would like to have your child included in the slide show please e-mail their photo with your e-mailed request. We will need your child's name, anniversary date, and a phone number in case we have any questions. If you cannot e-mail the photo you may contact us and we will make other arrangements. Contact: Jonathan's Mom, Becky e-mail: tcfot@yahoo.com.
Contact: Becky Barch
Telephone: 850-422-8404 Email: tcfot@yahoo.com

The Compassionate Friends of Venice Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Soy Bldg (Room 107), 317 Tarpon Street, Venice, FL
Highlights: Music, readings, lighting of candles, and social with light refreshments.
Bring: Please bring a photo or small remembrance of your child to place on table we will have. Please feel free to bring finger food, soda, etc.
Special Events (after): Following program we will have a time for sharing with fellow TCF parents. Please bring finger food, chips, cookies, etc. 
Contact: Larry Gosselin
Telephone: 941-408-4231 Email: ljgoss@comcast.net