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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.

Texas

Early

Bereaved Parents Support Group

Date & Time:
December 13, 2020 - 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Location:

400 County Road 158

Highlights:

There will be poems, songs, readings and sharing along with names read aloud. Will be held on Facebook Live

Contact:
LaFreda Kilburn
Telephone:
3259981567
Email:
lafredak@gmail.com

Dallas

First Unitarian Church of Dallas

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

First Unitarian Church of Dallas-online

Highlights:

Readings and reading of our children’s names

Bring:

Attendees should email a photo of their loved one by Saturday, December 12th along with their name. Be sure to have a candle and matches ready when you log on.

Special Events (after):

After the 7pm candle lighting, we will share memories of our loved ones.

Contact:
Patty & Ken Raggio
Email:
patty.raggio@gmail.com

Spring

Northwest Houston Chapter of The Compassionate Friends

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

Trinity Lutheran Church
5201 Spring Cypress Road
Spring Texas 77379

Highlights:

There will be readings and performances by local high school drama youth and others.

Bring:

You may also bring a framed picture to place next to their candle.

Special Events (before):

Please arrive at 6:30 for Fellowship. Candles, drinks, and pre-packaged snacks provided.

Special Events (after):

Fellowship and snacks following. Candles, drinks, and pre-packaged snacks provided.

Contact:
Beth Crocker
Telephone:
281-923-5196
Email:
thecrockers3@comcast.net
Additional:

Social distancing and Covid-19 rules followed on campus

If you wish to include your child in a video remembrance, please email pictures and information to Darryl Heino – darrylheino@gmail.com

Sugar Land

Sugar Land/Southwest Houston

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

Virtual

Highlights:

Readings
Special Music by Alan Pedersen

Bring:

Candles
Pictures

Special Events (after):

Time to visit with attendees after the program

Contact:
Tricia Scherer
Telephone:
832-541-4959
Email:
triciatcf@gmail.com

Lake Jackson

TCF Brazoria County (Texas)

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

Place: Lake Jackson Civic Center Terrace Room 1
333 Hwy 332 E
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Time: Begin arriving at 6:00 pm, program to start at 6:30pm.
We will light the candles promptly at 7:00pm.

Bring:

Please bring a framed photo of your loved one for our Candle Lighting ceremony. We will provide the candles.

Special Events (after):

If you would like to bring a dessert for the gathering after our ceremony to share in gentle conversation with other bereaved families. Again we will continue to observe social distancing.

Contact:
Debbie Mercer
Telephone:
9797092557
Email:
billdebbiemercertcf@gmail.com
Additional:

We will continue to observe social distancing, and we require that all attendees wear a face cover. Held in a very large room, chairs will be spaced apart.

Houston

TCF Houston Inner Loop Chapter

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

Zoom

Highlights:

Individual remembrance remarks by each family

Bring:

Picture and Candle

Special Events (before):

None

Special Events (after):

None

Contact:
Neda Scanlan
Telephone:
713-877-8626
Email:
tcfhoustontexas@gmail.com

Georgetown

The Brushy Creek Chapter of Compassionate Friends

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

Outside Event

Christ Lutheran, 510 Luther Drive, Georgetown, TX  78626.

The Chapter will supply the candles for the event.  The families are asked to bring a framed photo of their loved one.  Each person must bring a mask and use it while we are gathered for the approximately 30 minute event.   We are planning to meet outside, hold the candle lighting, with a very short program.  The event will be held – if the threat is too great to meet in a group on that night, we will hold a “drive through” event without the program and distribute candles for the families to take home to use to participate in the Worldwide Wave of Light.

 

Bring:

Each person must bring a mask and use it while we are gathered for the approximately 30 minute event.

Contact:
Penny Leone
Telephone:
512-966-8139
Email:
pnurse5@aol.com
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