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.

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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 Roanoke Valley

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

Our Candle lighting will be on Zoom as we will just be doing our ‘s Virtually. If interested please send request to with correct e-mail so we can send you the invite with a passcode to join us. As I am not experienced with all the Virtual gatherings we will be posting photos with the families that are joining us on this evening. So please have photo’s with you and other special memories that you would lie to share. We will be lighting our five candles as well and stating the meaning behind each one.. During our gathering we will be remembering all of our children that have gone before us that we all miss so very much as we light our own candles and say their names.
We hope you can join us for this special evening.
Roanoke Valley Chapter

Rose Toobert
5407979470(chapter phone)

Richmond (Greater RVA)

The Compassionate Friends RVA

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

Service will be on Zoom. Codes will be sent out a few days prior to the service.


Readings, music, slideshow, candlelighting


Have your candle ready to light – we’re also having a slideshow of the children, siblings, and grandchildren of our chapter. See our website ( for more info.

PJ, Linda, or Wanda
(804) 458-9000

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