Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
This is WORLDWIDE CANDLELIGHTING DAY, a day that unites families and friends in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the young loved ones who left too soon. It costs very little, yet means so much to the families who have been torn apart by violence in this world.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. – From a headstone in Ireland
Plan to light a candle to support these grieving families left behind to pick up the pieces. We’ll light candles at 7:00 p.m. local time and say a prayer for those suffering loss. This is the 18th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends.
In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. – Robert Ingersoll
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, but will never be forgotten.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. – Khalil Gibran
The Compassionate Friends and associated organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.
A human life is a story told by God. – Hans Christian Andersen
Every year you are invited to post a message in the Remembrance Book which will be available, during the event, at The Compassionate Friend’s national website www.compassionatefriends.org
Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
– Author Unknown
When our precious children are mourning they need for adults to be close at hand, but at times they need some solitude as well.
Children especially need solitude. Solitude is the precondition for having a conversation with yourself. This capacity to be with yourself and discover yourself is the bedrock of development. – Sherry Turkle, PhD, sociologist
Since we can’t hug our friends, we will light a candle for them in honor of their lost loved ones today. ❤
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