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Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Services – Countries Outside the United States

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 Joan@compassionatefriends.org.

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Countries Outside of the United States: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, South Africa

Australia

Mandurah Western Australia

The Compassionate Friends Mandurah

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 7pm
Location:

South Mandurah Uniting Church Rees Place WANNANUP

Highlights:

Speakers, special music, flowers for each family, reading of loved ones names, candlelighting following by supper.

Bring:

Photos, plate to share.

Contact:
Margot McAllister
Telephone:
089592 8113
Email:
tcfmandurah@bigpond.com

Melbourne

The Compassionate Friends Victoria

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:

Camberwell Uniting Church Hall
314 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell, Victoria, 3124
Australia

Highlights:

Evening includes guest speaker, readings, music, a slideshow of photos of loved ones and a reading of the memorial roll.

Bring:

Picture to stand up in a frame.
Supper to share.

Special Events (after):

Supper to be shared following candle lighting.

Contact:
Karen Philippzig
Email:
karenp@tcfv.org.au

Austria

Canada

Windsor

Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location:

Fogolar Furlan Club
1800 North Service Rd., Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Highlights:

Assemble in Canada Hall at 6:30pm for opening remarks and candle lighting, followed by outdoor procession.
Refreshments following the procession in the Canada Hall.

Bring:

Please bring a photo of your child for the memory table. Please dress for the elements.

Contact:
Kerri Hill
Telephone:
519-255-7440
Email:
khill@cmha-wecb.on.ca

Lanse Au Loup

Labrador Memorio

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:30 PM
Location:

Lawrence D O’Brien Town Hall

Highlights:

Readings, singers and prayer.

Bring:

Picture and a candle please.

Special Events (after):

Sharing stories and love after the event.

Contact:
Betty Normore
Telephone:
7099275520
Email:
bjnormore@yahoo.ca

Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa Canada TCF Chapter

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 7pm
Location:

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Celebration in memory of all children who have died will take place on December 8th, 2019 at St. Augustine’s Church Hall, 1060 Baseline Road, Ottawa. Please bring a free-standing picture of your child(ren) and arrive at 6:30 pm for a prompt 7pm start. Candles will be provided and there is no charge to attend. For more details please visit: http://www.tcfottawa.net or contact 613-612-4951 or email: tcfottawa@gmail.com.

Contact:
Larry Cadman
Telephone:
613 612 4951
Email:
tcfottawa@gmail.com

Port Perry, Ontario

Port Perry

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 5:00
Location:

Jesters Court, Port Perry, Ontario

Highlights:

We meet for dinner at 5:00 and share our stories about our children and light our candles at 7:00. Please bring a picture of your child.

Love Pat (Angie’s Grandma).

Contact:
Pat Bradley
Telephone:
705-328-2355
Email:
patbradley_lloyd@yahoo.com

Calgary, Alberta

The Compassionate Friends – Calgary Chapter

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:45pm
Location:

First Evangelical Free Church located on the corner of 55th Ave SW and Elbow Drive, Calgary, Alberta (parking lot is off of 54th Ave SW)

Highlights:

Poetry & Music. If you would like to have your child’s photo included in the PowerPoint, please send a .jpg to tcfcalgary@outlook.com by Friday, December 6th.

Bring:

Please bring a photo of your child in a standup frame for display at the front of the church. Also, if you wish, please bring an unwrapped toy gift which will be given to the YWCA for distribution.

Special Events (after):

Refreshments to follow the ceremony.

Contact:
Crawford Smyth
Telephone:
(403) 256-3820
Email:
tcfcalgary@outlook.com

Sherwood Park, Alberta

The Compassionate Friends of Strathcona County/Edmonton Region

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.
Location:

Glenwood Memorial Gardens
52356 Range Road 232
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Canada

Chapel location. Parking in the lot out front.

Highlights:

Speakers
Readings
Music
Lighting of the Candles
Reading of Names

Bring:

Pictures or Remembrances if you wish for the Memory Table

Special Events (after):

We will gather after the Candle Lighting for light snacks

Contact:
Cheryl Salter-Roberts
Telephone:
780.464.3217
Email:
tcfstrathcona@gmail.com
Additional:

Our Annual Candle Light Memorial Service is open to anyone touched by the loss of a precious child, at any age, for any reason. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. We create a safe place to honor and remember each of our children, gone too soon but never forgotten.

Victoria B.C.

Victoria Chapter of The Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:

Cordova Bay United Church
813 Claremont Avenue, Victoria, B.C.

Highlights:

Speaker, Soloist, Poem readings, candle lighting remembrance by families for their children.

Bring:

Picture of their child(ren), appies, desserts or snacks for reception that follows candle lighting.

Special Events (after):

Reception–light refreshments, coffee and tea.

Contact:
Dianne Taaffe
Email:
dtaaffe17@telus.net
Additional:

This is a non-religious event.

Dartmouth NS

Water Bugs & Dragonflies Parent Bereavement Group

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 6:45 PM
Location:

Saint Vincent Du Paul Church Hall
320 Flying Cloud Drive, Dartmouth NS

Highlights:

Reading of the Names, Music, Readings by Vince MacDonald.

Bring:

Apple cider and sweets to follow outdoor service.
We ask people to dress for the weather a large portion of service takes place outside.
Please arrive by 6:45 to register your child’s name. Service starts at 7pm.

Contact:
Kelly Currie
Email:
candle.lighting@hotmail.com

France

Haute Saône

AFDE: Association Familles en Deuil d’un Enfant

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 10h30
Location:

Neurey les la Demie (à proximité de Vesoul , dans l’est de la France)- Chapelle de l’EHPAD / MASPA – FRANCE.

Highlights:

Accueil à partir de 10h. Début le la Commémoration à 10h30.
Pose d’étoiles portant le nom de nos enfants, frères, sœurs disparus. Dépose au sol de bougies. Chants (chorale de l’association). Lecture de textes et témoignages.

Special Events (after):

La Commémoration sera suivie d’un temps d’échange et de partage. Déjeuner pris en commun dans la salle communale du village (svp sur réservation!)
Vers 19h, dépôt de roses blanche à la Stèle à l’Enfance Brisée au Jardin Anglais à Vesoul (Roses for Children)

Contact:
P.Thierry - AFDE
Telephone:
06 33 02 25 80
Email:
afde.hautesaone@gmail.com
Additional:

AFDE: www.familles-deuil-enfant.fr

Honduras

San Pedro Sula

Melanie Gissell Foundation

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 2 horas
Location:

Barrio Los Andes, Avenida Circunvalación, Parqueo de Comisariato Los Andes, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Highlights:

Maestro de ceremonia: Victor Manuel Pineda
Palabras de Bienvenida: Matilde Torres y Omar Gomez
Presentación musical: Masiel Erazo, Jorge Rios, Ever Galeas
Lectura de nombres: Sofia Gomez

Bring:

Los asistentes traerán fotografía de su ser querido y vela

Special Events (before):

Participación musical

Special Events (after):

Tiempo de compartir

Contact:
Matilde Torres
Telephone:
99788957
Email:
melaniegissellfoundation@gmail.com

Mexico

Netherlands

Utrecht

Licht in Lunetten – Utrecht

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 18.30 till 19.30 local times
Location:

Fort Lunet IV – Oude Liesbosweg 68 Utrecht

Highlights:

A short ceremony with comforting words, lovely live music and of course, the lighting of candles for each child that is missed.

Contact:
Indra van den Berg
Email:
WLDLunetten@gmail.com

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

LOS AMIGOS COMPASIVOS OF PUERTO RICO

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:

Centro Yolanda Guerrero, Avenida Parque de los Niños #9, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Highlights:

Dra. Ada Rosabal Silva will be the moderator, invocation by Monseñor Antonio Vázquez, reading of the TCF Credo and Siblings Credo, Message by Nivia Vázquez, chapter leader, special performance of songs “Génesis” and “Enciende una Luz” by Maritza Castro, names of our children, siblings and grandchildren will be read and a bell toll for each name will be heard, power-point presentation of their photos in a giant screen, bubbles will be blown. Two Christmas trees will be filled with messages from parents/grandparents and siblings. A basket with white stones will be available to write our children´s and siblings names to be placed on the table where the main candle will stand.

Bring:

Photos for the main tables, remembrances, refreshments and hors d´oeuvres will be served before and after the candlelight service has ended.

Contact:
Nivia Vázquez
Telephone:
787-590-3377
Email:
nvazquez93@hotmail.com
Additional:

We invite all families who have lost a child to attend this moving and healing event.

Slovakia

Slovakia

Sviečka na pamiatku zosnulých detí / Svíčka na památku zesnulých dětí

Date & Time:
December 8, 2019 - 17:00 till 19:00 local times
Location:

Virtual meeting by candlelight on our facebook page created for: candle in memory of children who pass away, Slovakia
translation: Virtuálne stretnutie pri sviečke na našej facebookovej stránke ” Sviečka na pamiatku zosnulých detí / Svíčka na památku zesnulých dětí “, Slovensko

Zapáľme sviečku na pamiatku zosnulých detí

Highlights:

We will remember, listen to songs, watch photos and video memories of our children, read stories, poems and prayers.
translation: Budeme spomínať, počúvať pesničky, pozerať fotky a video spomienok na naše deti, čítať príbehy, básne a modlitby.

Bring:

Photos photos of our loved children, candle.
translate: fotky našich milovaných detí, sviečka

Contact:
Zlati B. Križanová
Email:
sviecka-pre-anjeliky@centrum.sk
Additional:

Zapáľme sviečku na pamiatku zosnulých detí

South Africa

Pretoria, Gauteng

TCF Pretoria, South Africa

Date & Time:
December 6, 2019 - 6:00-8:00pm (S.A. time)
Location:

71 Watermeyer Street, Val-de-Grace, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. (Its not too far from the Pretoria Botanical Gardens)

Highlights:

To be confirmed.

Bring:

Pictures, candles, & baked-goods (if possible).

Special Events (before):

1st hour: will be how to survive the holidays talk, poem recited, TCF credo recited, music will be playing in the background, and then lighting of candles.

Special Events (after):

2nd hour will be for bereaved parents to talk/connect with each other whilst drinking coffee/tea and eating snacks/baked goods.

Contact:
Tarryn Oakes
Telephone:
+27 72 5060123
Email:
tarryn.harborth@gmail.com
Additional:

https://calendar.google.com/event?action=TEMPLATE&tmeid=N2NiNGQxMWpiNWF2NXZqanE2a2lpa2dnMnUgdGFycnluLmhhcmJvcnRoQG0&tmsrc=tarryn.harborth%40gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/2064453686987858/

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