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December 8, 2019

Worldwide Candle Lighting Memorial Service

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The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the 2nd Sunday in December 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 on December 8th, 2019 at 7:00 pm 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 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 WCL 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, at TCF’s national website. The Remembrance Book will be open to post a message Sunday, December 1st, through Monday, December 9th. Photos can be posted on our Worldwide Candle Lighting Facebook page.

The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries, and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

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

View International Countries Virtual Worldwide Candle Lighting
If you do not see a candle lighting program in your area, contact your local chapter to see if they are planning a program. Find a chapter.

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.

Massachusetts

Clinton

Forever Our Stars Children’s Memorial Garden

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:30 PM
Location:

Reservoir Pines Cemetery
RT 110, Clinton, MA

Highlights:

Poem reading. Reading of children’s names. Candle lighting.

Bring:

Please feel free to bring a picture of your loved one for our remembrance table. No bigger then a 8×10. Candles will be provided.

Contact:
Sharon Cloutier
Telephone:
508-277-6785
Email:
Sharondc826@gmail.com

Cotuit (Barnstable)

Hearts, Hope, Healing (www.heartshopehealing.com)

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:45 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location:

Cotuit Federated Church
40 Church Street, Cotuit, MA (parking along side streets or at nearby post office)

Highlights:

The program will include readings, music, lighting of candles and reciting names of deceased loved ones, refreshment and fellowship.

Bring:

Please bring a framed photo of your loved one and a votive candle to be placed on our altar.

Special Events (after):

There will be refreshments and fellowship offered after the ceremony. We will have memorial arrangements created by the members of Hearts, Hope, Healing, available for a donation.

Contact:
Leyla Nickerson
Telephone:
774-722-1918
Email:
leyla.nickerson@gmail.com
Additional:

This is a non-denominational ceremony.

Westminster

The Compassionate Friends North Central Massachusetts Chapter

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:

Redemption Rock Church
3 Hager Park Road, Westminster, MA 01473

Highlights:

Candle lighting, poems, songs and slideshow.

Bring:

We encourage you to bring a photo of your child to place on our remembrance table.

Special Events (before):

Doors open at 6 pm.

Special Events (after):

After the ceremony you are invited to stay for light refreshments.

Contact:
Carolann Pichnarcik
Email:
carolannpichnarcik@gmail.com

Newbury

The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport, MA

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 7-8 PM
Location:

Hopkinson home
64 Northern Blvd, Plum Island, Newbury, MA 01951

Highlights:

Our event will be held at the Founder & chapter leader’s home, 64 Northern Blvd., Plum Island, Newbury, MA from 7-8PM. Please arrive by 6:45PM, park on the street.

Bring a photo of your loved one & optionally a special candle & ornament to hang on the Memory Tree. Extra candles, ornaments and markers will be available. There will be readings, music, and light refreshments will be served.

Questions should be directed to Mel Yell at email: coachmyell@msn.com

Bring:

Bring a photo of your loved one & optionally a special candle & ornament to hang on the Memory Tree. Extra candles, ornaments and markers will be available. There will be readings, music, and light refreshments will be served.

Special Events (after):

Optional Story Telling after candle lighting & refreshments…telling funny stories about our kids+

Contact:
Mel Yell
Telephone:
‭(978) 764-2547‬
Email:
coachmyell@msn.com
Additional:

Park in driveway, close in to front of house or on the street.

Buzzards Bay

Upper Cape Chapter of The Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:30 PM
Location:

St Peter’s Episcopal Church
165 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA

Highlights:

All are welcome. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. (this way all candles are lit by 7). You will be invited to light a candle and name your children. Candles will be provided.

Bring:

Please bring a picture of your child and any special remembrance you would like to share. Refreshments are welcomed, perhaps your child’s favorite dessert or finger food.

Special Events (after):

After the candle lighting we will meet for socialization, viewing of our children’s pictures, refreshments, and sharing our children.

If you would like to receive a memento and have your child’s picture included in the slide show, please let us know by responding to: jmtm521@gmail.com or mail to Jeanne Morse 66 Atwood Ave., Middleboro, MA 02346.

Contact:
Jeanne Morse
Email:
jmtm521@gmail.com
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