The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting
December 10, 2023 at 7:00 PM Local Time
On the second Sunday in December, the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting brings together
family and friends from all around the world to light candles for an hour to remember the sons, daughters,
siblings, sisters, and grandchildren who left this world too soon. On December 10, 2023 at 7:00 PM local time, thousands of people will light candles in remembrance of all the children who passed away too soon. The annual Worldwide Candle Lighting (WCL), a gift from The Compassionate Friends to the mourning community, is now regarded as the largest mass candle lighting on the planet. As it travels from time zone to time zone, it produces
a virtual 24-hour wave of light. TCF's WCL began in the United States in 1997 as a modest internet observance
and has since grown in popularity as word of the memorialization traveled throughout the world. Families
come together in quiet commemoration of children who have died and will never be forgotten as thousands of informal candle lightings take place in homes as well as hundreds of formal candle lighting ceremonies.
Learn more at: https://www.compassionatefriends.org/wcl/
Compassionate Friends Virtual Worldwide Candle Lighting
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM In Your Time Zone
The Compassionate Friends Virtual Worldwide Candle Lighting event will take place this
year on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM around the globe. The Virtual Candle
Lighting presented by The Compassionate Friends (TCF) National is memorably poignant
and beautifully hopeful...knowing that we are remembering our daughters and sons, sisters
and brothers, granddaughters and grandsons with thousands and thousands of people
around the globe who are doing the same with us. Please join the millions across the world
for TCF’s Virtual Candle Lighting program at 7:00 PM in each time zone to honor those
loved ones gone from our sight but never our hearts, that their light may always shine on.
Sign up soon so you will be one of those parents, siblings, and/or grandparents coming
together to remember that "their light will always shine..."
Please sign-up for the time zone that you are able to attend at
COVID Memorial Day Virtual Candlelight Vigil
March 7, 2022, at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET
Reimagine's Spring Season, "Grief, Growth & Justice", kicks off with the free COVID Memorial Day
Virtual Candlelight Vigil on March 7, 2022, at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET, to share stories, take action
to establish a federally recognized COVID Memorial Day. This event is hosted in partnership with
Marked By Covid, Covid Grief Network & Rose River Memorial.
To learn more and to register visit:
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Worldwide Candle Lighting
December 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM in All Four Time Zones
One of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) most beloved events of the year is the touching
TCF Worldwide Candle Lighting remembrance. At 7 PM in each time zone, on the second Sunday of each December candles are lit in loving memory of children, siblings, and grandchildren gone too soon. Hundreds of special candle lighting programs are held around the USA (and internationally), TCF will again be having a Virtual Worldwide Candle Lighting program, held in all four USA Time Zones (Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern) at 7 PM.
Sign up in order to view it at:
Please join millions around the globe to honor those loved ones gone from our sight
but never our hearts, that their light may always shine.
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting
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 around the world, 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 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. 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.
You can join in with the TCF virtual worldwide candle lighting memorial service on
Dec 13th for EST, CST, Mountian & PST Zones.
Register now to attend the candle lighting at 6:45 PM for each time zone: https://tinyurl.com/TCFcandle
National Virtual Candlelight Tribute
Please join Judi's House & JAG Institute and National Alliance for Grieving Children in a
Virtual Candlelight Tribute on Friday, May 15th. Participate at a time that is meaningful for you.
This campaign is meant unite individuals across the county in recognizing those who are
grieving the death of a family member or special person.
To download your FREE candle coloring page and learn more, visit: https://childrengrieve.org/awareness/unitedingrief
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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