World-wide candle lighting ceremony to honor children who have died

Published On: Dec 07 2012 12:07:48 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 07 2012 12:11:25 PM EST
MIAMI -

Compassionate Friends offers support to parents who have lost a child.

Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.

On Dec. 9th, tens of thousands of bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives and friends around the globe will join together to light remembrance candles to honor the memories of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

The candle lighting is held annually on the second Sunday in December.

This year, the Miami Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host its 10th annual event. The South Florida candle lighting will be a part of a special service starting at 6:00 PM with candles being lit at 7:00 PM at Miami Dade County Fair Expo Center (Grand Ballroom of the Goode Building) at 10901 Coral Way.

The event is open to the community and there is no charge to attend.  People can bring a framed photo of their loved ones to place on the Memorial Table.  The photo will be taken home that night.

Last year, there were over 500 services held in the United States, including every state as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.  The Compassionate Friends also received information on services held in 19 countries outside the United States.

Starting in New Zealand, candles are lit at 7:00 PM local time.  As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lit in the next, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world. 

In addition, the national TCF Web site, www.compassionatefriends.org, will host extended chat room hours and a message board for families to post tributes.

To contact the Miami Chapter of The Compassionate Friends regarding membership or the Candle Lighting call 305-460-5762. For information about the national organization of its chapters nationwide, call toll-free 877-969-0010.