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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.

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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 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.

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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.

Louisiana

Mississippi City

Baton Rouge LA Chapter

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

Virtual

Highlights:

We will begin with our own Baton  Rouge Chapter music and readings at 6 pm then join Alan Pedersen at 6:30 until our candles are lit and then break away back to our personal Chapter.

Bring:

Their own candles

Contact:
Cindy Landry
Telephone:
(225) 939-6518
Email:
cindybrtcf@gmail.com

METAIRIE

The Compassionate Friends Greater New Orleans

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 4:30 PM
Location:

Foundation Center Patio and Children’s Memorial Garden, Lafreniere Park, Metairie, LA, USA

Highlights:

Event will start at 4:30 pm with a self-catered picnic, followed by a informative presentation, then the World Wide Candle Lighting

Bring:

Picture of your loved one, picnic food for you and your family, folding outdoor chair, and flashlight

Special Events (before):

Event will start at 4:30 pm with a self-catered picnic, followed by a informative presentation, then the World Wide Candle Lighting

Special Events (after):

None

Contact:
William M Hunton
Telephone:
5042650581
Email:
tcfnola@gmail.com
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