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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.

Colorado

Aurora / Southeast Metro Denver

Aurora Chapter of The Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location:

HeartLight Center
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, CO
Entrance on Dartmouth, one block west of Parker Road, behind Horan and McConaty Funeral Home. The HeartLight Center looks like a two-story house.

Bring:

Small, 3×3 Xeroxed copy of child’s picture for shadow box.
Attendees are also welcome to bring a short poem or saying to read during the sharing portion of the service.

Special Events (after):

Holiday treats and warm drinks will be served.

Contact:
Jo English
Telephone:
303-551-4320
Email:
jo.englishCO@gmail.com

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Chapter of The Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - Program starts at 7:00 PM - Doors open at 6:30 PM
Location:

First Baptist Church
317 E Kiowa St, Colorado Springs, CO
Downtown Colorado Springs

Highlights:

Music, poetry readings, individual candle lightings, and a slide show will be part of our service.

Special Events (before):

Holiday music will be played prior to candle lighting.

Special Events (after):

Refreshments will be served following the candle lighting in the downstairs dining room.

Contact:
Stewart Levett
Telephone:
719-531-5488
Email:
Pikespeaktcf@gmail.com
Additional:

As our candle lighting is a solemn memorial service, parents should determine whether our program is appropriate for very young children.

Longmont/Boulder County

The Compassionate Friends of Boulder County

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:00 PM - 8: 00 PM
Location:

Xilinx Summit Retreat located at the Xilinx Inc. Campus, 3100 Logic Drive, Longmont, CO
From CO 119/Diagonal Highway turn west on South Fordham Street 0.2 miles; then turn left onto Logic Drive 0.2 miles; turn right into parking lot. The Xilinx Summit Retreat building is north and separate from the main Xilinx complex. Call the contact person below for a map that can be sent via email or hard copy.

Highlights:

The program begins at 6:45 pm and includes poems and prose, live music, lighting of tapers at 7 pm, reading of our children’s names and a slide show of our children. A social time follows.

Bring:

Our evening includes making luminaries at 6pm to set outside the entrance area; supplies are provided. Bring photo or other remembrance item to display on our Remembrance Table. You can also contribute light refreshments for our social time after the program.

Special Events (before):

Doors open at 6 pm for those who would like to make an outdoor luminary. We provide supplies, but you may want to bring a paper photo of your child to attach to your luminary. You can also add a “butterfly” message for your loved one to our holiday tree.

Special Events (after):

Light savory and sweet refreshments as well as beverages (water, tea and decaffeinated coffee) will be available before our program and during our social time following the program.

Contact:
Chapter Leader Debra Hansen
Telephone:
720-588-0651
Email:
tcfbouldercounty@gmail.com
Additional:

Family and friends are welcome to attend with you.

Wheat Ridge

The Compassionate Friends Jeffco Chapter

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

Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary
7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO

Highlights:

Music, Candle Lighting, Readings, Bell Ringers, Video (of all the children)
Take Home Ornaments
Decorate Luminary Bags to Line the Sidewalk
Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, and Baked Goods
Socializing & Sharing

Bring:

Bring a copy of a picture to use to decorate your luminary bag if you would like.

Special Events (before):

6pm Come and decorate a luminary bag in honor of your loved one.
We will line the sidewalk to the glass pavilion with the luminaries.

Special Events (after):

Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, and Baked Goods
Sharing & Socializing

Contact:
Ruth Harris
Telephone:
303-668-1531
Email:
snrharris2004@msn.com
Additional:

If you would like your loved one’s picture in the video that will play during the lighting of the candles please email it to Ruth Harris no later than November 5th. snrharris2004@msn.com.

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