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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, Canada, France, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Switzerland

Australia

Melbourne

The Compassionate Friends Victoria

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 6:00pm
Location:

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

Highlights:

Guest speaker, poems and readings by bereaved parents and siblings, candle lighting including the reading of names, slideshow of photos, sharing time, hugs, tears and laughter.

Bring:

Pictures in a standing frame and a plate of supper to share.

Special Events (before):

Guest Speaker

Special Events (after):

Supper and connecting with other bereaved families.

Contact:
Karen
Telephone:
0398884034
Email:
karenp@tcfv.org.au
Additional:

Submit a photo for slideshow by Wednesday, December 6 to karenp@tcfv.org.au

Canada

Nanaimo, BC

West Coast Society of Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:

Oliver Woods Community Centre
6000 Oliver Rd, Nanaimo, BC

Highlights:

Circle of Light, speakers, music, soloist and an Angel Tree. Adopt an Angel by donation.

Bring:

Please bring a stand-up photo of your child for the memory table.

Special Events (after):

Following the candle lighting their will be time for visiting while enjoying ‘Angel Cookies’ , snacks and refreshments.

Contact:
Gwen Linski-Dulmage
Telephone:
250 756 1842
Email:
westcoastfriends@outlook.com

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Bereaved Parents Grief Support Group of Jones Funeral Home

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 7pm
Location:

Crescent Park Event Centre
262 Athabasca St. E. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Highlights:

Guest Speaker: Melanie Delorme, Author of “After The Flowers Die” Shares insights into Grief at Christmas.
Special Music and Reflections.

Bring:

Please bring a photo of your child.

Special Events (after):

Lunch following the Ceremony.

Contact:
Della Ferguson
Email:
della@wjjonesandson.com

Kenora, Ontario

Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Mental Health & Addictions Services

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Location:

First Baptist Church
510 Second St. S, Kenora, ON

Highlights:

Musical guests – Enchante and Lindsay Koch, guest speakers and readings, along with candle lighting.

Special Events (after):

Refreshments will be served.

Contact:
Theresa Bowen
Telephone:
807-407-1282
Email:
theresabowen@shaw.ca
Additional:

Sheila Toderian at Lake of the Woods District Hospital may also be contacted at 807-467-3555 or stoderian@lwdh.on.ca

Sherwood Park, Alberta

The Compassionate Friends of Strathcona County and Edmonton Region

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.
Location:

Glenwood Memorial Gardens
52356 Range Road 232
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8B 1B8
** South of Wye Road and across the road from Salisbury Greenhouses

Highlights:

Our gathering will offer speakers, readings, music, lighting of the candles, reading of our children’s names.

Bring:

Please feel free to bring along any pictures or items of remembrance.
Donations of baked goods are most welcome for after the service.

Special Events (after):

We will gather in the reception hall after the service for refreshments and time to share and connect with others who understand.

Contact:
Cheryl Salter-Roberts
Telephone:
780.464.3217
Email:
briarpatchkids@hotmail.com
Additional:

Our service is open to not just the families who have been touched by the loss of their precious child, at any age, for any reason, but to their family members and friends who share the experience and wish to be at the service in support.

** Please RSVP by December 8th, 2017 by phone or by email

Southeast Saskatchewan

The Compassionate Friends of Southeast Saskatchewan

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Location:

Carievale United Church, Saskatchewan

Highlights:

We will have readings and a slideshow remembering our children.

Bring:

Attendees should bring a photo of their child/sibling or grandchild and dainties/cookies to share after.

Special Events (after):

After the service we will be sharing refreshments and cookies and fellowship.

Contact:
Evelyn Smith
Telephone:
306-928-2219
Email:
tcfsoutheastsk@gmail.com

Ottawa, Ontario

The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM
Location:

St. Augustine’s Church Hall, 1060 Baseline Road (at Clyde Ave), Ottawa
Lots of parking space

Highlights:

Live and recorded music. Group and individual readings. Reading of children’s names. Candles provided. No charge to attend. Light refreshments to follow.

Bring:

Please bring a free-standing picture of your child/ren for the photo table. All bereaved parents, family members and friends welcome.

Special Events (before):

Please arrive at 6:30 for a prompt 7:00 start. Register your child’s name to be read out.

Special Events (after):

Light refreshments to follow.

Contact:
Andrew Bond
Email:
tcfottawa@rogers.com

Victoria, British Columbia

The Compassionate Friends Victoria Chapter

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:

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

Highlights:

Speaker, soloist, music, poem readers, candle lighting by each parent/family for their child(ren).

Bring:

A labelled photo of their child(ren), snacks/finger food/sweets for the reception that follows the service.

Special Events (after):

8:00 p.m. reception with snacks.

Contact:
Dianne Taaffe
Telephone:
250-656-5247
Email:
dtaaffe17@telus.net

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Chapter of The Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Location:

First Evangelical Free Church, 732 55th Ave SW (corner of Elbow drive and 54th Ave), Calgary, Alberta

Bring:

Please bring a photograph of your child in a stand-up frame for display at the ceremony. Also, if you have a digital photo (jpg), please email a copy to tcfcalgary@outlook.com prior to December 8th if you would like to have your child included in the PowerPoint presentation.

Special Events (after):

Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

Contact:
Crawford Smyth
Email:
tcfcalgary@outlook.com
Additional:

If you like, please bring an unwrapped toy that will be donated to the Calgary YWCA after the event.

Cranbrook, BC

Cranbrook Chapter The Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 7:00 pm MST
Location:

Rotary Park, Cranbrook, BC

Highlights:

Readings, music, and candle lighting.

Special Events (after):

Cookies and hot chocolate.

Contact:
Doug and Dawn Storgaard
Telephone:
250-426-7320
Email:
dawnstorgaard@outlook.com

France

Vers Vesoul (Haute Saône) 70

AFDE (Association Familles en Deuil d’un Enfant – Amis compatissants)

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 10h30
Location:

Neurey les la Demie (Chapelle de la MASPA)

Highlights:

Commémoration à 10h30: Etoiles, bougies, chants, lecture de textes et de témoignages

Special Events (before):

Temps d’échange et de partage au décours de la Commémoration puis déjeuner pris en commun

Special Events (after):

Dépôt de fleurs sur la stèle de l’Enfance brisée au Jardin Anglais à Vesoul (Monument en lien avec Roses for Children /Arnhem NL)

Contact:
P.Thierry
Email:
afde.hautesaone@gmail.com
Additional:

Ce sera notre 11ème Commémoration

Mexico

Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan

The Compassionate Friends of Saipan

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Location:

Minachom Atdao, Susupe

Highlights:

We will have music, lighting of candles, sharing our loved one’s names, a responsive reading.

Bring:

Please bring your loved one’s favorite “finger food” to be shared, along with memories, after the program.

Special Events (after):

Sharing time, and hugging, along w/food brought by attendees.

Contact:
Jill Derickson
Telephone:
670-989-9821
Email:
tcfsaipan@gmail.com
Additional:

If you would like your child’s or sibling’s photo included in a display, please e-mail a photo to nelsonkrum@msn.com BEFORE Monday, December 3, 2017.

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Slovakia

Slovakia - Facebook WCL Online Ceremony

The candle light on the memory of the children who died – Slovakia

Date & Time:
December 10, 2017 - 5:00 p.m.
Location:

In our homes with the candle and as an event on fb page Sviecka na pamiatku zosnulych deti.

Highlights:

We will remember and pray for our children and lighting of candles. We will listen to songs and music, watch memories videos.
We will share sadness and read the words we send to heaven for our children.

Bring:

Bring a photo of your child, memories videos.

Contact:
Zlatica Bacikova
Telephone:
sviecka_pre_anjeliky@centrum.sk
Email:
sviecka_pre_anjeliky@centrum.sk

Switzerland

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