Worldwide Candle Lighting December 08, 2013


Our TCF East Of the River CT Chapter will join the world’s largest candle
lighting at the private home of
Ken and Arlene Dworetsky,
Daniel’s parents,
63 Long Hill Drive
(Beige TALL House with  brown shutters)
Glastonbury, CT

The Second Sunday of December
December 08, 2013
 6:00 PM to 9:00 /9:30 PM

WorldWide Candlelighting 2013

All chapter members, their families and friends are invited to attend.  Also welcome are any bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings who may have never attended a TCF EOTR CT Chapter meeting, but would like to become part of the gathering.  Those attending our chapter’s candle lighting are asked to bring an item or two to contribute to our Pot Luck Supper, Snacks and Desserts.  We will be running a slide show presentation of all of our ‘children’.  Photos can be submitted electronically by emailing them to Bettie-Jeanne at   up to midnight December 7.
You may plan to share a few words about your child’s  or sibling’ life;
their likes or dislikes, what made them laugh, what made them special.
If you have a poem or reading that you would like to contribute, please email also, or bring it with you.

This is NOT a Holiday Party ~ But because of the younger children who share the home, visitors should anticipate Christmas decorations.  It is a caring gathering, rather like our Vernon Diner Breakfasts and After Meeting Get-togethers of “like-hearted” families who understand the challenges faced not only at this time of year, but all the days of our lives.
for more information visit: A SEA OF LIGHT 


or send an email to:
Bettie-Jeanne at
To reach Bettie at her home,
phone  860-870-7581 and leave a voice message.

A list of other Connecticut and other Candle Lighting events can be found on the National Website under News and Events /Worldwide Candle Lighting.

Worldwide Candle Lighting

*Remembering With Millions of Candles * *Hundreds of Services*

Love doesn’t end with death. Families that have had a child die understand that.  And with that understanding, plans are underway in hundreds of areas across the country,
as well  as around the globe, for the 17th
The Compassionate Friends
Worldwide Candle Lighting
December 08, 2013.

Held annually the second Sunday in December, the Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends who light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died  from any cause, at any age from pre-birth to full maturity.  Starting in New Zealand, candles are lit at 7:00 PM local time , hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.  As the candles burn down in one time zone, they are then lit in the next, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light as as it moves from time zone to time zone as the observance continues around the world.  Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting is a  a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends.   Started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, the event 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, but will never be forgotten.

“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,” says Patricia Loder, past executive director of The Compassionate Friends.  “This event surpasses all artificial, religious, and cultural boundaries, allowing us to mourn as one when death robs the world of its most valuable resource.”

All allied organizations, community groups, churches and houses of worship, funeral homes, hospitals, and local community groups are invited to participate. In past years The Compassionate Friends has been joined by chapters from several organizations including, MISS, MADD, Parents of Murdered Children, SIDS Network, Gilda’s Club, and Bereaved Parents of the USA. Services open to the public are held in every state, Washington DC and Puerto Rico, as well as some 15 additional countries around the world. Tens of thousands of families also join in quietly, lighting candles informally in their homes.  TCF’s website,, will host extended chat room hours and a message board for families to post tributes.  Last year there were over 5,340 posted messages from all corners of the world.
Every year you are invited to post a message in the Remembrance Book which will be available, during the event, at TCF’s national website. It can be located with a quick search at open the day of the event to receive messages of love.

In past years more than 550 services were submitted and posted on TCF’s national website.  The Compassionate Friends has more than 660 chapters in the United States offering support  to bereaved families after the death of a child. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends on a National Level and its many programs for bereaved families, call toll-free 877-969-0010 or visit them on the web at
Also on Facebook The Compassionate Friends/USA   ♥

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