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Valley Hospice details candle-lighting service

November 26, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

On Dec. 9, 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 beautiful candle-lighting event provides loved ones and friends a special time to remember their children in a communal family atmosphere, sharing both a meal and memories," said Carole Tarr, Valley Hospice community bereavement coordinator.

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 Worldwide Candle-Lighting 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 candle-lighting.

The service will take place at the Elm Grove United Methodist Church, 125 Kruger St., Elm Grove, at 6:45 p.m. with the candle-lighting beginning promptly at 7 p.m. A memorial potluck dinner will follow the candle-lighting 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 by Dec. 6.

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