VACAVILLE — Local parents who had a child die are invited to a worldwide candle-lighting at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Hampton Inn & Suites, 800 Mason St.
The event is sponsored by The Compassionate Friends, a self-help bereavement organization with more than 650 chapters in the United States. It takes place annually the second Sunday in December and unites family and friends who light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.
As candles burn down in one time zone, they are then lit in the next, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world.
The Solano County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends welcomes those who attend to bring pictures of their loved ones. The evening will also feature music, readings, poems and refreshments.
“The Worldwide Candle Lighting allows grieving families to know that their children have not been and never will be forgotten, whether that child died 60 years ago or yesterday,” said Patricia Loder, executive director of The Compassionate Friends, in a press release. “This event surpasses all artificial, religious and cultural boundaries, allowing us to mourn as one when death robs the world of its most valuable resources.”
There is a Remembrance Book on the group’s national website at www.compassionatefriends.org, open the day of the event to receive messages of love.
For more information, call Vesta Thompson at 434-8518 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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