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December 13, 2020

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 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.

Add a Candle Lighting Program

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 kathiek@compassionatefriends.org.

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.

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.

Florida

Gainesville

Alachua County Compassionate Friends Group

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Location:

Milam Funeral Home, 22405 West Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669, 1 mile from the Newberry city limits

Highlights:

Light refreshments and conversation, then Readings from Chapter secretary and reading of names by family members, followed by lighting of candles

Bring:

Photos or remembrances of their child and must wear a mask and social distance while inside chapel

Special Events (before):

6:00-6 :30 light refreshments

Special Events (after):

None

Contact:
Marlene Hanna
Email:
hannarwmr@cox.net
Additional:

Due to Covid restrictions we are limiting physical contact and requiring masks. Not open to the public but always welcoming new members who wish to participate

Oviedo

Lynn Slivinski – Oviedo, Florida Area

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

In Person

 

1025 Gould Place, Oviedo, FL, 32765

Highlights:

Christmas music, reading of children’s name and a small speech by each parent

Bring:

A picture

Special Events (before):

Sharing Time

Special Events (after):

Nothing

Contact:
Lynn Slivinski
Telephone:
407-538-5518
Email:
lynnslivi@aol.com
Additional:

This is for a small group of parents who have lost parents in the same area. We have know each other since our children were very small.

North Port

North Port Florida Chapter

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 6:15 PM
Location:

Old World Restaurant in North Port, Fl. 34293

Highlights:

Alan Pederson’s candle lighting service on a screen

Bring:

Pictures of lost children.

Special Events (after):

Sharing our children’s names and eating at restaurant to show courtesy to restaurant owner.

Contact:
Kathy Holder
Telephone:
704-609-7411
Email:
spingirl41652@gmail.com
Additional:

704-609-74111
spingirl41652@gmail.com

Jacksonville

Orange Park-Jacksonville, FL Chapter

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

Southside United Methodist Church
3120 Hendricks Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Highlights:

Lighting Candles in honor of our loved ones and anyone who would like to read a poem may do so, we will end the service with the slideshow of our children, grandchildren and siblings. If you would like your loved one to be a part of the slideshow please email a picture, with their full name, date of birth, date of death and age of death to tcfjaxfl@gmail.com

Bring:

N/A

Special Events (after):

We will have cupcakes and drinks for anyone that would like to stay after the service for fellowship

Contact:
Pam Dampier
Email:
tcfjaxfl@gmail.com
Additional:

We will be streaming the service live via Facebook. If you are unable to attend you may watch the service live but you must be a member of our Facebook page. If interested search The Compassionate Friends Jacksonville and request to join, you must answer three questions and agree to the rules, once you do that an admin will approve.

Brevard County

Space Coast Chapter

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 5:45 PM EST
Location:

Coastal Community Church, 5795 Falcon Blvd, Cocoa, FL 32927., Facility provides Covid social distancing seating for up to 150 people, Masks required. Temperatures will be checked on arrival.

Highlights:

Program includes readings, slide show of children accompanied by music, lighting of Five Candles, reading of children’s names of those attending the event while lighting individual candles, and a closing reading. We will not have a processional outside this year due to social distancing concerns. The event will be streamed live by the church on their website.

Bring:

Due to Covid restrictions, no food this year. Mementos will be provided for attendees who have already signed up. Pictures of children welcome.

Special Events (before):

We will show a slide show starting at 5:45 of our recent Picnic/Walk to Remember/Butterfly Release. This will precede the official start of the Candle lighting at 6:15. Arrive early so that social distancing and temperature screening can be accomplished before the event

Special Events (after):

None

Contact:
Mary Lane, Chapter Leader
Telephone:
321 442 3540
Email:
izzinmac@icloud.com

Davie

St. Bonaventure Church

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 6:45 PM
Location:

1301 SW 136th Ave, Davie, FL 33325

Highlights:

Candle lighting, reading of poems, singing

Bring:

A candle, if not one will be provided

Special Events (after):

An angel ornament will be give to each family.

Contact:
Susan McCrea
Telephone:
9544765204
Email:
redirector@stbonaventurechurch.com
Additional:

All area invited to join us in person or live stream. The information for the live stream will be on our Church website.

Miami

TCF – Miami Chapter

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

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QTCYB95o79z9tNnZAufBYWW9uyYpsFL928ySn5H0u1k/edit?usp=drivesdk

Highlights:

Special music, pictures, poems

Bring:

Just have a candle ready to light up at 7 pm

Special Events (before):

N/A

Special Events (after):

N/A

Contact:
Yakelin Vazquez
Telephone:
(786) 271-2914
Email:
yakie58@hotmail.com
Additional:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QTCYB95o79z9tNnZAufBYWW9uyYpsFL928ySn5H0u1k/edit?usp=drivesdk

Boca Raton

The Compassionate Friends of Boca Raton

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

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86366958556?pwd=cUJhaXJHQWxXS1hJOWNDWHJhOEZ0QT09

Meeting ID: 863 6695 8556
Passcode: 028969

Highlights:

Speakers will read poems and lighting of 5 candles prior to everyone lighting their candles and acknowledging their loved one, followed by video of loved one’s pictures and music.

Bring:

Bring a candle and matches or lighter or battery operated candle.

Contact:
Anna Hollingsworth
Email:
annajh23083@gmail.com
Additional:

Another contact persons:
Annette Blackwell, email: blackwella5@hotmail.com
Kathy Kaether, email: kkaether@gmail.com

Tallahassee

The Compassionate Friends of Tallahassee

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 6:45 PM
Location:

This is a virtual Candle Lighting Service via Zoom. Please email tcfot@yahoo.com in advance to request the Zoom link.

Highlights:

Our program includes the lighting of five candles, readings, music, reading of children’s names and slide show while lighting individual candles in your homes.

Bring:

Gather a photo, item of remembrance if desired and have an individual candle ready to light at your home.

Special Events (before):

Please Email tcfot@yahoo.com in advance to request the Zoom link for the Candle Lighting Program.

Contact:
Becky Barch
Telephone:
850-296-8413
Email:
tcfot@yahoo.com

Naples

The Compassionate Friends SW Florida

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 6: 45 PM
Location:

None

Highlights:

We will begin at 6:45 with some readings and we will light our Chapter Candle at 7 pm to continue the lighting around the world. We will be displaying our loved ones picture and reading their names as families light their candles at home.

Contact:
Linda Wallace
Telephone:
6128120186
Email:
info@tcfswfl.org
Additional:

To get registered to be part of our chapters please email us at info@tcfswfl.org and we will send you the form and information.

Volusia/Flagler Counties

The Compassionate Friends Volusia and Flagler Counties, Florida

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 6:45-8:00 PM
Location:

This will be a virtual Candle Lighting Service. We will meet via Zoom. Please check our Facebook page, Compassionate Friends Volusia Flagler for the link. https://www.facebook.com/CompassionatefriendsVolusiaFlagler

Highlights:

We will have readings, poems, music, and a sharing of our loved ones names and photos

Bring:

Please join the Zoom Meeting by 6:45, so that we can light candles right at 7PM. Have your own candle ready to light, and bring photos to share.

Contact:
Trish Armor and Carol Fisher
Telephone:
(386) 290-8752 or (386) 793-1779
Email:
trisharmor@outlook.com
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