December 12, 2021

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 12th, 2021 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

We also will be holding a virtual candle lighting for those who would prefer to attend virtually. We will have four programs in the
Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Register below for your time zone.

Virtual Worldwide Candle Lighting

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 Wednesday, December 1st, through Monday, December 13th. 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.



The Compassionate Friends of North Central Massachusetts

Date & Time:
December 12, 2021 - 6:30 PM

Redemption Rock Church
3 Hagar Road
Westminster, MA 01440


The moving program will include Poems, Readings, a remembrance slide show and special guest singing performance by Alan Swartz


Please bring pictures and remembrances. Service is in compliance with CDC Mask requirements. MASK ARE REQUIRED once you are inside. Refreshments will not be served after the ceremony this year.

Special Events (before):

Doors open at 6:00 PM to sign in and register and for seating. Music will be played prior to candlelight service which will start promptly at 6:30 PM with candle lighting portion of the ceremony timed to join the Worldwide service.

Special Events (after):

A special token will be given out to this years attendees.

Carolann Pichnarcik

Please email to register to attend the candlelight service via zoom or go on to register.


The Compassionate Friends Springfield MA Chapter

Date & Time:
December 12, 2021 - 6:50 PM

On December 12, 2021, the 25th annual Candlelight Vigil to honor the memory of deceased children will take place at The Christmas Box Angel Statue in John Bator Park, Williston Avenue, Easthampton, MA at 6:50 pm. This is an opportunity to mention your child(ren) and say a few words if you wish. Please bring a candle. It can be battery operated. All bereaved parents and family are welcome regardless of when the child’s death occurred, the age of the child(ren) or the cause of death,


From the South (Springfield)
Take 91 N 7.7 miles
Take Rt-141 W exit 17B towards Easthampton 0.3 miles
Turn slightly right onto Rt-141 W/Easthampton Rd/Hamden St. Continue to follow R.-141 W 4.4 miles
Turn left on to Williston Ave.
The Angel Park is on your right.

From the North (Greenfield)
Take 91 S 16.7 miles
Merge onto N King St/US-5/RT-10 via Exit 20 toward RT-9/Northampton/Hadley 1.7 miles
Turn right on to Main St/RT- 9/RT-10 0.3 miles
Turn left onto South St RT-10. Continue to follow RT-10 S 4.2 miles
Turn left onto Union St/RT-141 0.4 miles
Turn right onto Williston Ave.
Angel Park is on your right


In addition to lighting our candles, each family is given an opportunity to say something about their child, show pictures and /or read a poem.
There will be a short talk, music (including a song written for our Chapter), and the reading of children’s names.


A candle. It can be battery operated.
Pictures, a poem or other short reading if you would like,

Special Events (before):


Special Events (after):


Beth-Ann Jacobs Goff
413 687-1073

This Candle lighting is held outside, dress accordingly.
Please arrive by 6:50 PM and make sure your child ‘s name is written on the sign in sheet.
Feel free to view the Christmas Box Angel statue, which is a tribute to all our children.

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