December 13, 2020

Worldwide Candle Lighting Memorial Service

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 13th, 2020 at 7:00 pm local time, hundreds of thousands of people 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 (WCL), 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 and 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 and will never be forgotten.

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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

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 Tuesday, December 1st, through Monday, December 14th. 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.

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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.



Desha County Chapter of the Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Virtual – Individual homes


Short candle light ceremony, poems and music


Each attendees will need a candle and lighter for the candle lighting.

Special Events (before):

Call line opens at 6:30 p.m. where attendees can sign in by giving their name.

Special Events (after):

If desired, pictures of the family lighting candles can be shared with the chapter for publication.

Brenda Norman

Those interested in the event will need to contact Brenda Norman for the call number and access code


Strengthening What Remains

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 7:00 PM

329 N Adams
Camden, AR 71701


Speakers, Readings and special music


Bring Pictures and/or memorabilia

Angela Snowden

El Dorado

The Compassionate Friends of South Arkansas

Date & Time:
December 5, 2020 - 5:00 PM

312 Strong Highway
Home of “Bubba” and Shannon
Look for the balloons!


We are honored to have Keith Owens sing “To Where You Are” and “A Healing Hallelujah”.


We are practicing social distancing and would encourage everyone to bring a mask.

Special Events (after):

After the program we will have lit luminaries drape across the beautiful lake.

Ivory Kinslow, Co-Leader
(870) 814-9016
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