Families to light candles in children's memory

December 04, 2003

Members of the Danville-Harrodsburg Area chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an international self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child, will light candles Dec. 14 in an act of symbolic remembrance.

The candle lighting will be part of a special service at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, 339 W. Lexington Ave. in Danville. Gary Story, Heritage Hospice chaplain, will speak.

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.

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, warming the hearts of grieving parents, siblings and relatives everywhere.


"This time of year is an especially difficult one for families suffering from the loss of a child," said Patricia Loder, executive director of TCF in the United States.

"The Worldwide Candle Lighting is one way in which we can show we are united with bereaved families everywhere in the love we continue to carry for our children, even though they are no longer with us."

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution proclaiming Dec. 14 National Children's Memorial Day.

With the theme "that their light may always shine," the Worldwide Candle Lighting is now in its seventh year.

On the Internet, the national TCF Web site,, will host extended chat room hours and a message board for families to post tributes.

To contact the Danville/Harrodsburg area chapter, call Shan Kihlman at (859) 236-6291.

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