December 12th, 2021



Posted on December 01, 2021

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the 2nd Sunday in December unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. In addition to our local chapters and organizations offering candle lighting programs, the national organization will be offering a virtual worldwide candle lighting. Programs will be offered in Eastern Standard Time, Central Standard Time, Mountain Standard Time and Pacific Standard Time. Each program will begin at 6:45 pm in those local time zones. Please click on the link below to sign up to attend a virtual candle lighting program.

Believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the annual Worldwide Candle Lighting (WCL), a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. TCF’s WCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance and has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held, and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes, as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died and will never be forgotten.

Sign up for the International Candle Lighting