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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.

Oregon

Portland

River View Cemetery Funeral Home

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

River View Cemetery will post it’s memorial service on December 1, 2020 for the National Children’s Memorial Day Candlelighting Service, the link to our service will be available any time after December 1st and in time for the December 13, 2020 national event.
https://www.riverviewcemetery.org/about-us/events

Highlights:

We are pleased that Holly Pruett, certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, will be leading our service and candlelighting. Holly has led this service for us for several years and has gotten to know our families and always provides a thought provoking and loving program. She’ll be joined by vocalist Jennifer Crow who will be our musical performance. Candles will be lit in the names of children that have been submitted to River View Cemetery.

Special Events (before):

We encourage visitors to come visit our Angel of Hope statue that is on the southside of the cemetery grounds, contact us for a map of the location at info@riverviewcemetery.org

The Christmas Box Angel Statue was introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide bestseller and hit television movie by author Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Though the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. The new angel statue was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal.

Special Events (after):

We encourage visitors to come visit our Angel of Hope statue that is on the southside of the cemetery grounds, contact us for a map of the location at info@riverviewcemetery.org

The Christmas Box Angel Statue was introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide bestseller and hit television movie by author Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Though the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. The new angel statue was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal.

Contact:
Jessica Repp
Telephone:
5032464251
Email:
info@riverviewcemetery.org
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