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Candlelight Service Remembers Children Who Have Died

Thursday December 8th, 2022, 7:31pm

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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 11th.

For over twenty years, Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting has been held on the second Sunday in December at 7:00pm, creating an international wave of warm candlelight in remembrance of children who have died. 2022 marks the fourteenth year that the Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch has held a Candlelight Service in conjunction with this international event to bring bereaved parents and family members together to honour and remember their child. It also marks a return to an in-person service after two years online due to the pandemic.

“The purpose of the Candlelight Vigil is to provide a meaningful opportunity to share in a time of heartfelt reflection and remembering. Families and friends are able to join together to honour their child’s life in the company of others who can truly empathize,” says Mental Health Educator with CMHA-WECB, Sonia Comartin. “Whether newly bereaved or the death occurred some time ago, all are welcome to share in this time of hope and healing.”

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.

The vigil starts at 6:30pm at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

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