The death of a son or daughter of any age is the hardest thing a parent could face.
Each year on the second Sunday in December, the Compassionate Friends, a national nonprofit organization, holds its Worldwide Candle Lighting at 7 p.m., asking individuals to light a candle for one hour to honor and remember children who have died.
For the fourth year, residents of Winchester and neighboring counties will have their own candle lighting ceremony to attend.
"It's a long way to go (to Lexington) on a Sunday evening," said Elly Sutherland. "We just thought it would be really nice to have one in our own community for people here."
Sutherland, a Winchester resident, lost her 18-year-old daughter Rachel in a car accident in 2004. She started going to monthly support group meetings of Compassionate Friends in Lexington, and formed a friendship with Mary Camp, a Winchester resident whose son died from heart surgery complications one day after Rachel died.