Grieving the deaths of children within their families, members of the East Hawaii chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF), a national self-help bereavement support organization, will join tens of thousands of families worldwide in lighting candles at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, as an act of symbolic remembrance.
For more than a decade, the Worldwide Candle Lighting has united bereaved families around the globe as a symbolic way of showing the love we continue to carry for our children, even though they can no longer be with us physically.
As candles burn down in one time zone, they are then lighted in the next, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues in countries around the world surpassing all political boundaries.
Although no formal service open to the public is planned locally, TCF members will light their candles individually, and with friends and family in their homes. This is the 16th observance of The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting®, an annual event where persons around the globe, united in the loss of a child, light candles for one hour the second Sunday in December.
To contact the East Hawaii chapter of The Compassionate Friends, call Patti Kaneshiro at 937-7523. For more information about the national organization and locations of its chapters nationwide, call toll-free 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website.