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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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.


Lake Villa

Northern Lake County Chapter

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

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The ceremony is being held through the Zoom application so it can be accessed through a computer or smart phone. Please contact
Susan Banks for details at 847-366-9375 or


The 24th Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony will include readings, music and a photo montage of the beautiful faces of our loves ones who have gone too soon.


Have your own candle to light during the ceremony.

Special Events (before):

None *You can start joining the zoom meeting (ceremony) at 6:15 pm on Sunday 12/13/20.

Special Events (after):


Susan Banks


Queen of All Saints Basilica Elizabeth Ministry

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

6280 N Sauganash Ave, Chicago IL 60646


Prayer service, music, reading of loved ones names and lighting of candles in memory of loved ones.
Please email us the name of your loved one, if you wish to be read aloud during our ceremony


Pictures or memorabilia can be brought to be displayed on our Remembrance Table.

Elizabeth Ministry

Our ceremony will be live streamed and can be viewed from our homepage by clicking on “Live Masses”

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