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Hospice to participate in Compassionate Friends candle-lighting service

December 5, 2013
The Herald-Star

On Sunday, Valley Hospice will be one of hundreds of organizations across the United States and throughout the world that will participate in the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle- Lighting Service in memory of children who have died.

This community event provides loved ones and friends a special time to remember their children in a communal family atmosphere, sharing both a meal and memories, according to a press release.

The event is held annually on the second Sunday in December at 7 p.m., a date that the U.S. Senate has declared National Children's Remembrance Day. Candles stay lit for one hour in each time zone around the world, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light.

The event began in 1972 as a small observance on the Internet by members of the Compassionate Friends organization. Success of the event led the national organization to make this special day a gift to the bereavement community and all who provide support to bereaved family members following the death of a child. The growth of the event across the globe has been so successful that today it is believed to be the world's largest mass candlelighting, the release notes.

The service will take place at the Christ United Methodist Church, 1232 National Road, Wheeling, at 6:45 p.m. Sunday with the candle-lighting beginning promptly at 7 p.m. A memorial potluck dinner will follow the service. Participants are asked to bring a dinner item that their child enjoyed along with any remembrance they would like to share with the group about their son or daughter.

For reservations, call (740) 859-5650 or 877-HOSPICE.

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