Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting

On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Highland Rim Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will join hundreds of other chapters around the world in creating a continuous circle of candlelight to honor the memory of children who have died.

According to the organizers, as candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, the 22nd annual Worldwide Candle Lighting – believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world – will create a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone, uniting family and friends around the globe in honor of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who left too soon.

The venue for the Tullahoma ceremony will be the church of Christ at Cedar Lane.

Participants are asked to enter via the church’s activity center by 6:30 p.m. with holiday finger foods to share and are invited to bring a memento or photo of their child, no larger than 8 by 10, for display.

Candles will be provided.

Whether your family has had a child die – at any age, from any cause – or you are trying to help those who have gone through this experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding and hope to those going through the natural grieving process after the death of a child.

Through a network of more than 650 chapters with locations in all 50 states, The Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families for four decades.

The Highland Rim chapter meets at the church of Christ at Cedar Lane on the second Sunday of each month from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call Renate Stone at 455-5993. 

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