2013 Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Services - Michigan

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

Remembering Our Children

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: St. John the Baptist Church, 2550 S. 1st Avenue, Alpena, MI
Highlights: Please join us as we celebrate the life and memory of our children that have died of any age. There will be inspirational music, readings, candle lighting, recitation of each child's name, balloon launch, and a PowerPoint presentation. Event will only be canceled in the case of extreme weather. If you are unsure, please call Karen to see if it has been canceled.
Bring: Candles will be provided. Feel free to bring a picture and/or special remembrance of your child to display. You may also wear a shirt with a photo of your child. Dress appropriately as the candle lighting portion will be outdoors. If you would like your child's photos to be a part of the PowerPoint presentation please submit your pictures along with captions/description on a thumb drive, disc, or by email to Cathy at kaszcat@yahoo.com by Dec 2nd. If you any questions you may call her at 989-884-2348.
Special Events (before): There will be ornaments available to personalize and hang on our remembrance tree. We are also accepting NEW and UNWRAPPED toys in our child's memory for Toys for Tots.
Special Events (after): After the candle lighting and balloon launch there will be light refreshments and time for sharing with one another.
Contact: Karen McCormick
Telephone: 989-358-2251 Email: kmwmc118@hotmail.com   

Battle Creek
The Compassionate Friends of Calhoun County Michigan

 Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Location: Our event will be held along the river in downtown Battle Creek. We will be located behind Clara's on the River, 44 McCamly Street S, Battle Creek, MI
Highlights: We will have special readings, a reading of our children's names as well as music from Alan Pedersen playing throughout the ceremony.
Bring: Please feel free to bring a picture of your loved one to place on our memory board - it is covered in case of inclement weather.
Special Events (after): Following the event, we will gather at Clara's on the River for dinner, dessert, etc. 
Additional: Please submit your child's name no later than December 4th if you would like it listed in our program.
Contact: Cindy or Linda
Telephone: 269-589-8236 Email: tcfcalhouncounty@yahoo.com

Parents of Hope Grief Support Group  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Location: Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 9455 Hilton Road Brighton, MI (810-227-9411)
Highlights: The ceremony will include special music, poem reading, speaker, reading of children’s names, and candle lighting.
Bring: Please bring a self standing photo or small remembrance of your child to set on table, up to 8x10 size. Candles will be provided by Parents of Hope.
Special Events (after): There will be a time of refreshments and snacks following the ceremony.
Additional: You may arrive between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM as ceremony will start promptly at 6:45 PM.
Contact: Elly Cairns
Telephone: 517-672-6003 Email: ellyjcairns@comcast.net  

The Compassionate Friends of Detroit

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Location: Redford Aldersgate Church Brightmoor Campus, 12065 W. Outer Drive Detroit, MI
Highlights: Readings and music.
Bring: Bring a picture of your child to make a keepsake item.
Special Events (before): Refreshments will be served.
Contact: Kelly Warren
Telephone: 313-444-6823 Email: tcfdetroit@yahoo.com

The Lucas Misenar Foundation

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Location: Holly Lanes Bowling Alley, 2430 Grange Hall Road (near Fish Lake Road), Fenton, MI
Highlights: 6:45-6:55 PM, Sunday December 8 meet and greet; 7:00 PM EXACTLY we will light our candles; 7:20 PM reading of names and open for anyone who would like to share. All are welcome to come and honor their child.
Bring: Please bring a candle and match or lighter. You are welcome to share a poem, quote, or a letter. Dress warm, candle lighting will be outside.
Special Events (before): Snacks, bottled water, hot chocolate, and coffee will be provided. Other drinks and food may be available for purchase. 
Special Events (after): End meet and greet, exchange information, or sign in to stay connected to this group.
Additional: I have started this candle lighting in memory of my baby boy Lucas who just passed October 29 while asleep. He was only 3 months old.
Contact: Jessica Misenar
Telephone: 248-634-3804 Email: jdilbone@sbchlobal.net

The Compassionate Friends of Otsego County  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Evangelical Free Church, 1649 M-32 East, Gaylord, MI
Highlights: We have readings and great music.
Bring: Please bring pictures or a small remembrance to share.
Special Events (before): Starting by 6:30 PM so we can light candles by 7:00 PM. 
Special Events (after): Social and refreshment time after.
Contact: Sue Casey
Telephone: 989-732-5027 Email: suekc13@hotmail.com

Grand Rapids
Healing Improv - www.healing-improv.org with The Compassionate Friends Grand Rapids Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Mosaic Church, 4275 Shaffer Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Highlights: Speakers Bart Sumner and Pastor Steve Place, music, reading of children's names being remembered, and children's names from other places around the country and world. A small votive candle keepsake for participants to take with them. Please email help@healing-improv.org with name and age of child to be remembered during the reading of the names by December 7, 2013, or call 818 731 6793.
Bring: Picture or item to represent the remembered child. Child's name and age at passing.
Special Events (before): Pre-lighting refreshments at 6:30 PM while people gather.
Special Events (after): Post lighting refreshments and share time for people to speak and share memories and thoughts with each other until 9:00 PM.
Contact: Bart Sumner
Telephone: 818-731-6793 Email: help@healing-improv.org 

Another Day Another Memory (A.D.A.M.)

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Location: Betsy Butterfield Park, 2101 S. West Avenue (near Parkside Middle School), Jackson, MI
Highlights: We will go around and ask the names of the loved ones being remembered.
Bring: Please bring an ornament in memory of your loved one to put on tree in park. Please also bring a candle to light at 7:00 PM.
Contact: Sara Beiswanger
Telephone: 517-768-8941 Email: sbeiswanger@adamupdate.com

The Compassionate Friends Kalamazoo Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Location: Westwood United Methodist Church, 508 Nichols Road (corner of West Main Street and Nichols Road), Kalamazoo, MI
Highlights: Poems, songs, candle lighting ceremony, balloon launch, fellowship, and memory crafts.
Bring: Bring a picture or small remembrance, preferably 8X10, of your child, candles, and a sweet or salty treat.
Special Events (before): Before candle lighting is an opportunity to write a personal message on a balloon. 
Special Events (after): After the candle lighting is the balloon launch and then we go back inside for fellowship, snacks, sharing, and making memory crafts.
Contact: Mary Anne Munley
Telephone: 269-599-1059 Email: Mommunley@yahoo.com

Mount Pleasant
The Compassionate Friends Mid-Michigan Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: St. John's Episcopal Church, 206 W. Maple Street, Mount Pleasant, MI
Highlights: Lighting of candles to "Tonight I Hold This Candle”, "Precious Child" vocal solo, prayer, selected readings, and photo presentation of our children.
Bring: Candles will be provided. Please bring a favorite treat enjoyed by your child to share afterwards.
Special Events (before): If you attended last year your child's photo will be included. If you did not attend last year but plan to this year, please call Tim Hartshorne so that your child's photos can be included. If you have never attended and would like to participate, please send Tim up to three photos of your child. He'll scan them and return them to you. You can also email Tim the photos if already scanned. If you'd like him to replace the photos he's used in the past, you can send him different photos. You can contact Tim at 989-773-6303 or at tim.hartshorne@cmich.edu or by writing him at 918 S. Brown, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858.
Special Events (after): Fellowship and refreshments downstairs following the program.
Contact: Lucy Kebler
Telephone: 989-287-1264 Email: magicldk@gmail.com  

Parents with Angels  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Musketawa Trail, between Mill Iron and Brooks Roads (from Muskegon go east on Apple Avenue to Mill Iron Road) Muskegon, MI
Highlights: Walk the trail to our children's memorial and read names.
Bring: Candle, picture or small remembrance of child (optional).
Additional: All are welcome...family friends, even those that have not come to our meetings.
Contact: Pamela Montambo
Telephone: 231-301-2471 Email: parentswithangels@gmail.com

The Compassionate Friends Safe Harbor Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 1450 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI
Highlights: Candle lighting ceremony will include readings and music. Everyone will have the opportunity to say their child's name and light a candle in their memory.
Bring: We will have a memory table, so bring a picture or memento of your child if you'd like.
Special Events (after): Refreshments will follow the candle lighting. Bring a treat if you would like, but it is not required. 
Contact: Susan Conklin
Telephone: 231-675-0742 Email: sgconklin@gmail.com

The Compassionate Friends Livonia Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Kellogg Park, Plymouth, MI (Corner of Main Street and Ann Arbor Trail)
Highlights: Candle lighting, music, poems,readings, reading of children names, and memory tree.
Additional: Please come 15 minutes early to get your candle (provided), program, and view the memory tree. If you would like your child's name on an ornament on the tree, please call 734-778-0800 or email tcfcandlelight@yahoo.com. Event is held outside, so please dress warmly.
Contact: Gail Lafferty
Email: angel4gail@tds.net

Reed City
The Compassionate Friends of West Central Michigan Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: United Methodist Church, 503 S. Chestnut Street, Reed City, MI
Highlights: We will having readings, the candle lighting and a slide show of our children along with inspirational music.
Bring: Snacks for after the ceremony.
Special Events (after): Social time after the ceremony.
Additional: If you would like your child included in the slide show you may submit a photo to Nadine via the email address below by Friday the 6th of December. We need child's name, date of birth and date of death with the pictures.
Contact: Nadine White
Telephone: 231-679-0445 Email: nwhite@whitelawoffice.net

The Compassionate Friends Troy Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Street, Rochester, MI
Highlights: We will have readings, lighting of the candles, and music along with a PowerPoint presentation of our children. All pictures submitted by December 2nd, and children that are already part of our chapter, will be included in the presentation.
Bring: If you have not pre-ordered a candle arrangement by December 2nd, feel free to bring a picture and/or special remembrance of your child to display.
Special Events (after): Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Contact: Tracy Mitchell
Email: tcftroychapter@gmail.com

St. Clair Shores
The Compassionate Friends of St. Clair Shores

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Veteran's Memorial Park, Jefferson and Masonic (13 1/2 Mile Road) St. Clair Shores, MI
Highlights: Poems read, music, lighting of candles (7:00 PM), and announcing of the children’s names.
Bring: Covered pictures or small remembrance of loved ones if you choose.
Additional: Dress warmly as this event is outdoors. Come a little early to get your candles and programs. DO NOT forget to call or email your child, or children’s, sibling or grandchild's name in so it can be read.
Contact: Kathleen Joerin
Telephone: 586-293-6176 Email: kjmac21@aol.com

Traverse City
The Compassionate Friends Grand Traverse Area

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass Street, Traverse City, MI
Highlights: Memorial service with readings, candle lighting, and native American flute music by Woody Swift Eagle.
Bring: Pictures or small memento for our remembrance table. Candles and refreshments are provided by the chapter.
Special Events (before): Service begins at 6:30 PM, with candles being lit just before 7:00 PM. 
Special Events (after): The candles will remain lit until 8:00 PM, during which time refreshments will be served in the lobby.
Contact: Karen Strom
Telephone: 231-946-9306 Email: pkstrom@charter.net