Candles will glow on Sunday, Dec. 9, with tens of thousands of bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives, and friends around the globe will join to light remembrance candles to honor the memories of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.
Held annually the second Sunday in December, this will be the 16th worldwide candle lighting sponsored by The Compassionate Friends, the nation’s largest self-help bereavement organization for families that have suffered the tragic loss of a child.
Compassionate Friends has more than 650 chapters in the United States, with sister organizations in at least 30 countries around the world.
Locally, the Compassionate friends will meet at Gilwood Haven, at 219 S. Mill St., in Redwood Falls, at 7 p.m.
Participants are asked to bring their own candle and a picture or memento of their child who died.
The worldwide candle lighting is open to all who wish to take part, whether by joining in a small gathering, or lighting a candle in the quiet solitude of their homes.
Last year, there were more than 500 known services held in the United States, and in 19 other countries.
For more information about the Redwood Falls event, contact Ag Johanneck at 507-627-3868.