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Join with The Compassionate Friends (TCF) as we honor the memories of our children.

In 1997 a group of Internet volunteers from The Compassionate Friends conceived the idea to create a virtual day of remembrance -- a special day to honor and pay tribute to children everywhere who have died, but are not forgotten. Ten years later, their vision speaks for itself as The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® is believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world and thousands of smaller memorial candle lightings in homes with just family and friends. All groups holding a candle lighting open to the public are invited to submit information about their service for posting on the TCF national Web site. A memorial message board is available during the event on the TCF national Web site, and all are welcome to post a message of remembrance, a special poem, or other thoughts that relate to the death of a child or the Worldwide Candle Lighting®.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® is held every year on the second Sunday in December at 7:00 p.m. for one hour local time around the globe -- a 24-hour wave of light in memory of all children who have died.

On Sunday, December 10, 2006, hundreds of community candle lighting ceremonies will be held in parks, churches and other public places by TCF chapters and other groups. Thousands more will be held informally at home.

It takes only you and one candle to join hearts with the world ". . . that their light may always shine."

Watch The Compassionate Friends national Web site for information about the Worldwide Candle Lighting® and memorial services as they become available.

Light a Candle Online: A Guided Memorial Ritual

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