Candlelight Service Remembers Children Who Have Died

Thursday December 5th, 2019

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Local family members bereaved by the death of a child will come together for the annual Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 8th, 2019.

“The Candlelight Vigil provides the opportunity to come together in a meaningful way, to honour and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. Parents, family members, and friends gather for a time of quiet remembrance to reflect on how their life was touched by that child. This is particularly significant because candles are lit worldwide creating a wave of light and unified support”, states Sonia McMahon-Comartin, Bereavement Educator at CMHA.

This free event consists of a service that sees families bring a photo of their loved one to place on the memory table, light a candle in honour of all those who have died, and walk in an outdoor candlelit procession.

This year, Michael and Michelle Kuhlmann will share their story of the loss of their son Aaron, who died in 2017 at the age of 23 in a tragic winter car accident. The Kuhlmann’s took part in bereavement services offered at CMHA-WECB, including the Bereaved Parents support group, which has enabled them to transform their grief, instead of transmit it, and to remember not just that Aaron died, but that he lived, and his life was full of beautiful memories.

The vigil will take place at 6:30pm at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

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