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Compassionate Friends Midlands Chapter to participate in Worldwide Candle Lighting Sunday

Posted: December 8, 2011 3:53 p.m.
Updated: December 9, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Compassionate Friends Midlands Chapter No. 2260 invites the public to participate in the Worldwide Candle Lighting. This event is to remember all children who have died too soon. Known as the largest candle lighting, this event is part of a 24-hour wave of light around the world. Candles burn around the world from 7-8 p.m. in every time zone. As candles are blown out in an area, the wave of light travels on.

TCF Midlands chapter will hold a candle lighting Sunday, Dec. 11, at Lugoff Fire Department, 892 U.S. 1 South, Lugoff, SC. at 7 p.m. There will be light refreshments at 8 p.m.

If you have had a child die too soon, feel free to bring a picture or any item you wish to share on our memory table. There will be information available about TCF and helping others during their grief journey.

For more information contact Cheryl Jones, TCF Midlands Chapter leader, at cheryltjones@live.com or 432-0740.
The Worldwide Candle Lighting, 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. 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.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting started in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance.

In 2010, information was submitted to TCF’s national website on services in 15 countries outside the United States including more than 530 services, as this special day continues to grow. TCF has been joined in recent years by chapters of several organizations including MISS, MADD, Parents of Murdered Children, SIDS Network, Gilda’s Club and BPUSA and for several years services have been held in all 50 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. There is no way to know how many hundreds of additional services open to the public are held in the U.S. and around the world each year without the information being sent to us.

The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations were joined in 2010 by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries, and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

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