To remember children Bereaved families join in 16th worldwide candle lighting

The death of a child is devastating and it’s important to the family that the child always be remembered.

That’s why members of the Ottawa County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died. On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Port Clinton chapter is joining with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for The Compassionate Friends 16th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world.
The local candle lighting will be part of a special service held at 6:45 p.m. at The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County’s Children’s Memorial in Lakeview Park and will feature music, special readings and poems. Following the ceremony there will be a special time of reflection and sharing at the Lakeview Park Shelter. Annually tens of thousands of families, united in loss, light candles for one hour during the Worldwide Candle Lighting, held the second Sunday in December. Candles are first lit at 7 p.m., local time, just west of the International Date Line. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world.
    “This is our gift to the bereavement community,” says TCF/USA Executive Director Patricia Loder.“The holiday season is an extremely difficult time of the year for families grieving the death of a child. This marks well one and a half decades the Worldwide Candle Lighting has united bereaved families around the globe as a symbolic way of showing the love we continue to carry for our children, even though they can no longer be with us physically. This candle lighting transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries as tens of thousands of families share in this worldwide memorial event. We invite everyone, whether or not they have suffered the personal loss of a child, to join in this moving tribute.”
To contact The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County, call Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690 The Compassionate Friends has a presence in at least 30 countries and is the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization.

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