Richard Miller

Candle Lit by Bobi McDermitt

Dolly Bruner & Kathy Beaty (Candle Lit by Bobi McDermitt)

Mary Bulzomi

Allysia Loomis

Danny Voris

Rachel & Joe Niswonger

Karen Taylor-Good

Yolanda Pegg      



Mary Miller & Deanna McGrath

Dolly Bruner & Bobi McDermitt

Kathy Beaty

​Jen Siler & Taylor Siler

Richard Miller



​​Dave Wood

​Karen Brown

The Compassionate Friends Annual Candle Lighting!


On the 2nd Sunday in December, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of our beloved children, siblings and grandchildren gone too soon. As candles are lit at 7pm local time, thousands of people honor the memory of all our children who have died. Believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world, this annual event creates a virtual 24 hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.
Our chapter participates in this event each year uniting families and friends everywhere with a beautiful program of music, readings and lighting candles to honor the memories of our children, siblings and grandchildren.
Although this year we cannot physically be together, we invite you to join us virtually on Sunday, December 13th, beginning promptly at 6:59 as we celebrate our loved ones who have left us too soon. As part of this year’s program, please gather a candle and match so you may light your own candle as your loved one’s name is read. As always, a highlight of the program will be the beautiful video of our children’s pictures.

Our chapter participates in this event uniting families and friends everywhere with a beautiful program of music, readings, and lighting candles to honor the memories of our children, siblings and grandchildren. 

Sunday, 12/12/2021 at 7pm

We create a lovely slide presentation of our children’s photos for the program:

Candle Lighting Remembrance Ceremony

December 12, 2021 7:00 PM

Introduction & Welcome     

World Wide Candle Lighting 

Reading: “Four Candles” 

Grandparents Remembrance

Sibling Reading

Song: "Over the Rainbow"

Reading: "Little Butterfly"

Song/video: "Precious Child"  

Reading: "Some Days"    

Candle Lighting Ceremony

Reading of Names

Lighting of Candles

Bell Ringer

Distribution of Memorial Flowers

Video Presentation

​Moment of Reflection​

Reading: "Until We Meet Again"

​Reading: "The Compassionate Friends Credo"

THANK YOU to Matt Silver of Fractured Light Photo Video 937-361-0471 for creating this beautiful program.  

Justin Lucas Niswonger
Justin McCurdy
Justin Ratliff
Linda Ratliff
Justin Whitt
Justus Posey
Kalman Kolotkin-Harlow
Karen Hendrickson
Ke’Andrae Thomas
Keith Richard Grimme
Kelli Withrow
Kevin Arnett 
Andrew Zachary Arnett 
Kyle Lister
Lana T. Knorr
Makayla Leilani Rhiner
Marcus Bowling
Mark Wenclewicz
Mary Taulbee
Matthew K. Schleich
Melodey Chandler
Michael David Kraus
Michael Jacob McGrath
Molly Beth Louis
Nathan Darr
Nathan Griffith
Rachael Jones
Rachel Abigail Ramsey
Rashad Lateef Burnley
Rob Kaminski
Ronnie Bowers
Ryan Beaty
Ryan Gilhooly
Sarah Renee’ Rhoads
Scott Freiberger
Shane English II
Shannon Keith Mason
Shelby McMahan
Sherena Richter
Stephanie Clark
Susan Sharp Crago
Tera Davis
Theodore Clark Nelson
Thomas Joseph Dingler
Christian Alfonso
Trent Weiss
Trisha White
Tristan Mitchell-Spruce
Zachary Schaeffer 


We also remember those babies who died and were named only in their parents’ hearts.

If you want a PDF copy of this years program you can download that here

Adam Sommerhause
Adele Schlamersdorf
Alex Myers
Alex Wood
Amanda Brooke Worley
Amy Webeck
Andrew Haas
Ashley Matheson
Ashley M. Wormsby
Austin Siler
Austin Singletary
Bianca Tala Bepler
Brad Miller
Brett Hobbs
Robert Hughes
Bryan David Holl
Britane Henderson
Brooklyn VanSkoyck
Cameron & Keaton Schneider
Caresse Amber Croty
Carter Kelb
Chad Gibson
Chris Mason
Corey Andrew Richards
Nathan Daniel Davidson
Cortney Rogers
Courtney Trent-Daley
Dalton Fletcher
Garrett McCollough
Darlene Whitman Armitage
David Allbery
Danny Allbery
Kathy Sabia
David Knowles
David McKinniss
David Michael Jennings
David Vantrease
Donnie Grzywinski
Matthew Pratt 
Elizabeth Ann Fargey
Erin M. Quigley
Doug Brunner
Evan Rey Henry-Singleton
Frank Elliott Paxson
Graeson Riley Rutman
Gwendolyn Mooney
Heather Marie Daniels
Jacob & Ryan Knapke
Jacob Derek Polete
Jaxxen Baker
Jeffrey Scott Bernard
Jessica Black
Mary Duckett 
Jessica Bruchey
Jessica Laycox
Jimmy Blanton II
Jonathan Reiff
Joseph Fernandez
Joseph Walling
Scott Matthew Walling