TCF of the Pee Dee to hold candle lighting
Grieving the deaths of children within their families, members of The Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee Area, a national self-help bereavement support organization, will join hundreds of thousands of families worldwide in lighting candles at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 as an act of symbolic remembrance.
The local candle lighting will be part of a special service held from 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church Family Center, located at 2536 Hoffmeyer Road. The event will feature music, and poems.
Tens of thousands of families united in loss annually light candles for one hour during the Worldwide Candle Lighting, held the second Sunday in December. Candles are first lit at 7 p.m., local time, just west of the International Date Line. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world.
Since 1997, the Worldwide Candle Lighting has been TCF’s gift to the bereavement community during the holiday season. This time of year can be a very trying time for those who are grieving the death of a child, no matter their age and no matter how long it has been since they died.
The 23rd Worldwide Candle Lighting will bring together bereaved families around the entire world symbolically displaying the love that they have for all their children who will not be physically present. However, when each candle is lit, the light of that love will shine brightly in hundreds of thousands of bereaved hearts in all countries around the globe.
With the theme “…that their light may always shine,” the Worldwide Candle Lighting has grown larger every year with formal services last year in all 50 United States and Washington, D.C., as well as many countries around the world.
To contact The Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee Area, call Debbie at (843) 496-3254 or (843) 615-8485.