Worldwide Candle Lighting Day was a gift to the bereavement community
from The Compassionate Friends. The Compassionate Friend’s Worldwide
Candle Lighting Day started in the United States in 1997 as a small
internet observance in honour of children who lived tragically short
lives for any number of reasons, from sickness, to accidents, to war,
but has since spread throughout the world.

Nowadays, hundreds of formal
candle lighting events are held in many different countries and
thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as
families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will
never be forgotten. many organizations join in to observe this holiday,
some of which are local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes,
hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries, and
community centres, and remembrance services have ranged in size from
just a few people to nearly a thousand over the years since the creation
of this special day. All of this just goes to show how necessary it was
to set this day aside for this purpose.

How to Celebrate World Candle Lighting Day

As
mentioned before, this day is celebrated with a quiet elegance: at 7
p.m. local time, people light candles for one hour to remember their
loved ones. It is a moving occasion that bypasses geographical and
cultural divides. As everyone lights their candles at seven pm local
time, far-flung parts of the world get illuminated in turn, so that
eventually the light has moved all around the globe. If you have
experienced the loss of a child in your lifetime, this is a good moment
to honour his or her memory by taking part in the candle lighting. You
could also invite some close family members to spend this time with you
and light their own candles for the late sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren.

This doesn’t only
have to be a sad occasion, however. Children’s lives are mostly filled
with fun and laughter, so reminiscing about all of the things the child
you are honouring managed to enjoy before he or she passed may should
serve to lighten the atmosphere up a little bit. Of course, nothing will
ever make up for the loss of a child, but there is some solace to be
taken in the fact that the child’s life was a good one, however short.
No matter whether you’ll be lighting a candle at home or joining a
gathering Worldwide Candle Lighting Day it is a way to show love and
community.

from Blogger http://ift.tt/2gna1Ul
via IFTTT

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s