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Candle Lighting

Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony 
Sunday, December 10, 2023 - 7:00pm

On the second Sunday of December, chapters around the world hold their candle lighting service. Join with other families and friends at 7 p.m. to remember all of our children that have left us too soon.  


If you have any questions please reach out to us.   

Please have a picture of your child along with a candle to light for the evening.  Prior, if you wish to have your loved one included in the Power Point presentation, please email us a phone, birth and death date along with family members to  


The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 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 at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons 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 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. 

This year's Candle Lighting Ceremony is 

 December 10, 2023 at 6:45 p.m.

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