On Dec. 9, Valley Hospice will be one of hundreds of organizations across the United States and throughout the world that will participate in the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle- Lighting Service in memory of children who have died.
"This beautiful candle-lighting event provides loved ones and friends a special time to remember their children in a communal family atmosphere, sharing both a meal and memories," said Carole Tarr, Valley Hospice community bereavement coordinator.
The event is held annually on the second Sunday in December at 7 p.m., a date that the U.S. Senate has declared National Children's Remembrance Day. Candles stay lit for one hour in each time zone around the world, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light.
The Worldwide Candle-Lighting began in 1972 as a small observance on the Internet by members of the Compassionate Friends organization. Success of the event led the national organization to make this special day a gift to the bereavement community and all who provide support to bereaved family members following the death of a child. The growth of the event across the globe has been so successful that today it is believed to be the world's largest mass candle-lighting.
The service will take place at the Elm Grove United Methodist Church, 125 Kruger St., Elm Grove, at 6:45 p.m. with the candle-lighting beginning promptly at 7 p.m. A memorial potluck dinner will follow the candle-lighting service. Participants are asked to bring a dinner item that their child enjoyed along with any remembrance they would like to share with the group about their son or daughter.
For reservations, call (740) 859-5650 or 877-HOSPICE by Dec. 6.