Compassionate Friends to hold candlelight service Sunday

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Compassionate Friends of Fayette County will hold their fourth-annual candlelight service in memory of all children this Sunday, Dec. 10.

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 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 21st-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.

TCF’s WWCL 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. 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.

In the Medical Arts Building 2 on the Fayette County Memorial Hospital campus, the local candlelight service will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Please contact Pam Melvin at 740-490-8393 or email to if you would like to have your child’s name read during the ceremony.

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