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December 9, 2018

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 9th, 2018 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 Friday, December 7th, through Monday, December 10th. 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

Buzzard Bay

The Compassionate Friends Upper Cape Chapter

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Location:

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

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):

Refreshments after service.

Contact:
Jeanne Morse or Jane Poitras Manchester
Email:
jmtm521@gmail.com
Additional:

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

Cambridge

The Compassionate Friends of Boston

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Location:

Reservoir Church, 170 Rindge Ave. Cambridge, MA. (Entrance and parking behind the church on Middlesex St.)
The Davis Square Station on the Red Line is the closest subway stop, just a short 10-minute walk from the church.

Highlights:

Join us for special music and thoughtful readings as we gather to remember our children, siblings and grandchildren who have died. We will name our loved ones and light a candle for each of them at 7pm – joining with other families around the world as we help create this special 24 hours of light across the globe.

Bring:

We would love to have a picture of your loved one on our remembrance tables. A framed photo will be more easily seen but please bring whatever you wish. If you have no photo – a memento is a lovely way to represent their presence with us. Name cards will be available, or you may write and bring your own to place by the picture or item.
Refreshments are most welcome and a chance to bring a favorite item that was a particular favorite of your child’s or sibling’s.

Special Events (before):

Music will be provided for us by musicians from Reservoir Church and readings will be spoken by TCF members.

Special Events (after):

A time to gather and socialize will be held directly after our event ends. Please stay and meet other families that may be attending for their first time. Let them know that They Need Not Walk Alone.

Contact:
Louise Strasenburgh - Chapter Co-Leader
Telephone:
617-999-7111
Email:
tcfofboston@gmail.com

Clinton

Forever Our Stars Children’s Memorial Garden

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Location:

Reservoir Pines Cemetery
RT 110, Clinton, MA

Highlights:

Reading’s as we gather to remember our children, siblings and grandchildren who were taken to soon. We will light candles in their memories. Candles will provided.

Bring:

If you would like to bring a picture of your loved for our remembrance table – nothing bigger then a 8X10 please.

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

Cotuit

Hearts, Hope, Healing

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:45 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location:

Cotuit Federated Church
40 School Street, Cotuit, MA

Highlights:

The program will include readings, music, speaking children’s names and time for silent reflection.

Bring:

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

Special Events (after):

Refreshments will be provided during social time after the ceremony.

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

New Bedford

The Compassionate Friends Southcoast Massachusetts Chapter

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Location:

Dennison Memorial Community Center
755 S First St., New Bedford, MA

Highlights:

Readings, music, lighting of candles and a slideshow. Refreshments and sharing time immediately following.

Bring:

Please bring a framed photo of your child, sibling or grandchild for our remembrance table and a refreshment to share.

Special Events (after):

Refreshments and sharing time immediately following candle lighting.

Contact:
Gina Ptaszenski
Telephone:
508-287-1780
Email:
tcfsouthcoastmass@gmail.com
Additional:

If you would like to include a picture in our slideshow please send to tcfsouthcoastmass@gmail.com by December 6th.

Plum Island, Newbury

The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Location:

Chapter Leader, Barbara Hopkinson’s home (light green, white trim, on the ocean)
64 Northern Blvd, Plum Island
Newbury, MA 01951
Park on street or in driveway, come up stairs to main door.

Highlights:

Readings, music, candles and a Memory Tree (bring a special ornament if you like).
Please arrive by 6:45P so we may start at 7P.
For 7-8PM we will conduct our candle lighting – followed by a break for refreshments & our December chapter meeting.
(Our normal monthly 4th Monday meeting is 12/24, Christmas eve – regular building is closed.)

Bring:

A picture of your loved one, and if desired, a special candle and ornament to hang on the Memory Tree.
Extra candles and blank ornaments will be provided.
Light refreshments will be served.

Special Events (before):

Our chapter December meeting will be held after the candle lighting and a break.
Our normal meeting time is Christmas Eve and our normal meeting place is closed due to the holiday.

Special Events (after):

Light refreshments and optional December chapter meeting.

Contact:
Barbara J Hopkinson
Telephone:
978-697-1349
Email:
barhop@comcast.net
Additional:

Please arrive 6:45P so we may start at 7PM.
Participation in chapter meeting after candle lighting optional but welcome.

Westminster

The Compassionate Friends North Central Massachusetts

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Location:

Redemption Rock Church
2 Hagar Park Road, Westminster, MA

Highlights:

Music program and readings by chapter members and their families. Join us for a moving remembrance of our loved ones who are gone too soon. During the touching candlelight service, you will be able to light a candle and announce who it is in memory of.

Bring:

Doors will open at 6:00. There will be a table to place pictures of our loved ones for remembrance and contributions of refreshment snacks are welcome. Please bring refreshments to the cafeteria as soon as you arrive before 6:30 as The Candlelight Memorial Service will begin Promptly at 6:30 p.m. and Cafeteria access will not not be available during the service.

Special Events (before):

Beginning at 6:00 music will be played prior to the start of the ceremony in the church sanctuary where the candlelight service will be conducted.

Special Events (after):

After the ceremony concludes we invite attendees to join together for light snacks and sharing time in the church cafeteria. Reminder – No food or beverages are allowed in the church sanctuary.

Contact:
Gail or Denise
Telephone:
Chapter Phone : 978-786-5014
Email:
info@tcfncm.org
Additional:

Website for information is tcfncm.org.

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