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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, Germany, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, United Kingdom

Australia

Mandurah, Western Australia

TCF Mandurah Inc.

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 7.00p.m start
Location:

Christschurch Anglican Church,
Sholl Street, Mandurah

Highlights:

Readings by bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents

Bring:

Small framed photograph and plate of food for supper

Special Events (before):

Registration

Special Events (after):

Supper

Contact:
Margot McAllister
Telephone:
0427 777 810
Email:
mmcallister7@westnet.com.au
Additional:

Arrive 6.30 to register etc.

Camberwell, Victoria

The Compassionate Friends Victoria

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6pm
Location:

Camberwell Uniting Church Hall
314 Camberwell Rd
Camberwell, VIC

Highlights:

Guest speaker
Readings
Music
Reading of children’s names
Sharing of supper following service

Bring:

Picture in a frame
Plate of supper to share

Special Events (after):

Memorial item decoration

Contact:
Karen Philippzig
Telephone:
+61 3 9888 4034
Email:
karenp@tcfv.org.au

Canada

BC

The Compassionate Friends of Canada – Metro Vancouver ~ Burnaby Chapter

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 7 PM
Location:

Pioneer Community Resource Centre
5th floor, 4535 Kingsway,
Burnaby, BC, Canada

Highlights:

To light a candle to remember & honor each of the precious children we have lost.
Music, inspirational poetry readings and candle lighting.
Gather ‪at 6:45pm‬. Candlelight ‪begins at 7pm‬.

Bring:

Please bring a framed photo of your child to place on the memory table.
Bring your favourite snacks to share.

Special Events (before):

Registration at 6: 45 PM.

Special Events (after):

Reception to follow ceremony.

Contact:
Grace Gauthier
Telephone:
778-222-0446
Email:
VancouverbbyTCF@hotmail.com
Additional:

Due to a limited space, please RSVP your attendance.

Southeast Saskatchewan and Southwest Manitoba

The Compassionate Friends of Southeast Saskatchewan

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Location:

Carievale United Church

Highlights:

We will have readings and special music. We will be saying our children’s names and lighting candles to remember.

Bring:

Bring a photo of your child to place on the remembrance table. Bring your favourite cookies to share after the service.

Special Events (before):

After the service we will have coffee, tea and hot chocolate to share with the cookies.

Contact:
Evelyn Smith
Telephone:
3069282219
Email:
tcfsoutheastsk@gmail.com

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

The Compassionate Friends – Strathcona County & Edmonton Region

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
Location:

Glenwood Memorial Gardens
52356 Range Road 232
Sherwood Park, Alberta
T8B 1B8

Highlights:

Our Annual Candle Light Memorial Service will include music, readings, speakers and the reading of each child’s name.

Bring:

Bring along pictures or items of remembrance for our Memory Table.
Donations of baked goodies are welcome for our reception after.

Special Events (after):

After the Service, please join us in the reception hall for a time to share warm goodies and stories. All are welcome to attend.

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

This special service is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a precious child, at any age, for any reason. All family members and friends are welcome to attend. Please RSVP so we can include your child’s name in the program. Deadline to register is Friday, December 7th, 2018.

Calgary

The Compassionate Friends of Canada, Calgary Chapter

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:45 PM
Location:

First Evangelical Free Church located on the corner of 55th Ave SW and Elbow Drive, Calgary, Alberta

Highlights:

Poetry and Music, PowerPoint presentation of our children.

Bring:

Photo in a standup frame. Also, if you wish, an unwrapped toy for donation to the YWCA, Calgary.

Special Events (after):

Refreshments to follow the candle lighting.

Contact:
Crawford Smyth
Email:
tcfcalgary@outlook.com

Victoria B.C.

Victoria Chapter of The Compassionate Friends

Date & Time:
December 2, 2018 - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location:

Cordova Bay United Church
813 Claremont Avenue
Victoria, B.C.
(in the Royal Oak area)

Highlights:

Speaker, guest soloist, music, poetry, candle lighting for parents, siblings, family and friends.

Bring:

Photo of child(ren) for the table of tribute.
Plate of sweets, savories etc. for reception.

Special Events (after):

Reception to follow ceremony –about 8:00 p.m.

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

Ottawa, Ontario

The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM start
Location:

St. Augustine’s Church Hall
1060 Baseline Road (at Merivale), Ottawa ON

Highlights:

Individual and group readings.
Reading of children’s names.
Live and recorded music.
Candles provided.

Bring:

Please bring a free-standing picture of your child(ren) for the front table.
Please arrive at 6:30pm for a prompt 7:00pm start.
Please use the west entrance to the hall.

Special Events (after):

Social time with light refreshments to follow.

Contact:
Andy Bond
Telephone:
613-692-4521
Email:
tcfottawa@rogers.com

Windsor

Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 6:30pm
Location:

Fogolar Furlan Club (Canada Hall)
1800 North Service Rd., Windsor, ON

Highlights:

Attendees will assemble in Canada Hall at 6:30pm for opening remarks, special music and a featured family story. An outdoor candlelit procession will follow remarks.

Bring:

A photo of their child for the memorial table.

Special Events (after):

Refreshments will be provided after the procession.

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

Procession takes place outdoors, so dress for the weather.

France

VESOUL

AFDE Association Familles en Deuil d’un Enfant

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 10h
Location:

Chapelle de la MASPA -Neurey les la Demie – 70 à une dizaine de km de Vesoul

Highlights:

Etoiles, bougie’s chants, chorale, lectures, témoignages, …

Special Events (after):

Temps de partage et d’écoute dans la salle municipale à coté de la chapelle suivi par un repas pris en commun (sur réservation)

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

See: http://www.familles-deuil-enfant.fr/

Germany

Ulm

ev. Klinikpfarrerin Christa Leidig und betroffene Eltern

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 16:30
Location:

Versöhnungskirche, ev. Gesamtkirchengemeinde
Ulm-Wiblingen, Kapellenstr 5

Highlights:

Gedenkgottesdienst zur Erinnerung an unsere verstorbenen Kinder. Der Gottesdienst wird von Pfarrerin Susanne Englert, Ulm, zusammen mit betroffenen Eltern gestaltet. Eingeladen sind Eltern, auch deren Kind im erwachsenen Alter verstorben ist, Angehörige, Freunde und Bekannte. Im Rahmen des Gottesdienstes zünden wir gemeinsam die Kerzen an und die Namen unserer Kinder werden vorgelesen.
Im Anschluss wird noch herzlich zu einem gemeinsamen Ausklang bei Tee und Gebäck eingeladen.
Thema in diesem Jahr: Vom Himmel zur Erde, von dir zu mir

Contact:
Antje Westhoff
Telephone:
0049 731 5504737
Email:
antje.westhoff@web.de

Honduras

San Pedro Sula

Melanie Gissell Foundation

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Location:

Barrio Los Andes, Avenida Circunvalacion, Parqueo de Comisariato Los Andes, San Pedro Sula, Cortes.

Highlights:

Palabras de bienvenida Omar Gomez y Matilde Torres, música especial Ever Galeas, Jorge Rios, entrega de velas Voluntarios y registro de participantes Voluntarios.

Bring:

Los asistentes pueden traer fotografias, velas, camisetas con foto de su familiar.

Special Events (before):

Palabras de bienvenida, música especial, entrega de velas y registro de participantes, compartir, encendido de velas, lectura de nombres, música especial, Palabras de agradecimiento.

Special Events (after):

Musica especial, Tiempo para compartir.

Contact:
Matilde Torres
Telephone:
504 99788957
Email:
lifecoachmaty@gmail.com
Additional:

Es primera vez que en Honduras se realizara el encendido de velas y la comunidad a respondido de manera muy positiva a la invitación.

Mexico

Netherlands

Portugal

BRAGA

CLARISSE QUEIRÓS – SOCIÓLOGA E CONSELHEIRA DO LUTO

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 17:00
Location:

CONSERVATÓRIO BOMFIM
Praça Dr. Cândido Pires
4715-402 BRAGA

Highlights:

Reading texts for this special date:
– “Saudade” (Missing)
– “Cheiro de Flor” (Flower Smell)
– Tempo de Saudade e dor” (Missing Time and Pain)
– Choir Students Group of Conservatório Bomfim

Contact:
Clarisse Queirós
Telephone:
918667796
Email:
info@clarissequeiros.pt

Slovakia

Slovakia

Sviečka na pamiatku zosnulých detí / Svíčka na památku zesnulých dětí, Slovakia

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 17:00
Location:

Quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten. On our fb page: Sviečka na pamiatku zosnulých detí / Svíčka na památku zesnulých dětí

Translation: Tichá spomienka na deti, ktoré zomreli, ale nebudú nikdy zabudnuté. Na našej fb stránke Sviečka na pamiatku zosnulých detí / Svíčka na památku zesnulých dětí

Highlights:

Reading of chidlren´s names, viewing photos, lighting the candles

Translation: Čítanie mien detí, pozeranie fotografií , zapálenie sviečok

Contact:
Zlati Bačíková
Email:
sviecka_pre_anjeliky@centrum.sk

South Africa

Cape Town

The Compassionate Friends Cape Town

Date & Time:
December 9, 2018 - 5 pm
Location:

Imperial Yacht Club
1 Promenade Ave, Muizenberg

Highlights:

Family picnic and candle lighting

Bring:

Own picnic and/or picnic to share

Special Events (before):

Come from 5 pm and share time and picnic with fellow bereaved

Special Events (after):

Closing ceremony

Contact:
Suzette
Telephone:
0845688402
Email:
info@healinglotus.co.za
Additional:

Donation for candles or bring your own candle

United Kingdom

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