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. As candles are lit on December 10th, 2023 at 7:00
pm local time, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone
Now 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.
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.
Afterwards, we’ll gather for food and fellowship. Bringing a dish to share is not required, but is very much
In addition to our in-person program, there will be a Live Stream available from our website and a video
copy available for viewing after the event.
If you want a PDF copy of this years program you can download that here