The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting occurs every year on the second Sunday of December at 7pm. Family and friends around the globe join together in lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light that encircles the globe. To read more about it please visit Compassionate Friends website.

Sadly we know that cancer is the number one disease killer of children, but we also know that there are many other families who – because of other diseases, illnesses and accidents – are also grieving and longing for their children this holiday season. So this Sunday we will be lighting a candle in honor of Ben, Adam, Katie, Jenna, Carter, Zachary, Ezra, Marissa, Hannah, Jenny, Brandy, Charlie, Carsten, Rose, John, Skylar, Gaberiel, Eli, Joseph, Lissy, Jack and so many others in heaven that have been taken from their families too soon. We would invite you to do the same for the children and families that you know.

“The worst days now are holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, birthdays, weddings, January 31 – days meant as festivals of happiness and joy are now days of tears. The gap is too great between day and heart. Days of routine I can manage; no songs are expected. But how am I to sing in this desolate land, when there’s always one too few?

“When we are all together, we’re not all together. And holidays especially drive that home.”

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son