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Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony

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Held annually the second Sunday in December, this year on December 13, 2009 at 7 p.m., The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died ~ at any age, from any cause. Candles are lit at 7 p.m. in participants' own local time zones, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light that moves from one time zone to another throughout the world. Hundreds of thousands of persons will join to commemorate and honor deceased children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries. Formal candle lighting events are held in public venues, and informal candle lightings are conducted in private homes, as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but who never will be forgotten. In 1993, songwriter and ASCAP award winner Paul Alexander wrote the music and lyrics for Light a Candle, a song of remembrance that has been used to enhance thousands of such memorial services. Listen to the song and find the lyrics here: YouTube - Light a Candle.

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Gentle Reminder:

Please light a candle tonight at 7:00 pm in your time zone for all children who have died.

After or before you light your candle, please visit the Remembrance book at The Compassionate Friends Web site, leave a message, and read some of the messages already there from all over the world.

If you do not know a child who has died, light a candle for those of us who have lost a child. It only takes a tiny spark of light to pierce the darkness.

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