Worldwide Candle Lighting December 11, 2016

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Please let us know if you hope to join our gathering in Ellington.
There will be a special personalized gift for each family attending,
who register by email or using the form below
before December  7.

Our TCF East Of the River CT Chapter will join the world’s largest
candle lighting at the private home of

Amy Schmelter
7 Justin Drive  Ellington, CT

 The Second Sunday of December
December 11, 2016
beginning to gather about 5:00/6:00 PM
evening ends  around  9:30
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Our gathering is a warm, family friendly evening.

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 9.
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 there will be a Decorated Christmas Tree.
It is a caring gathering,  of “like-hearted” families who understand
the challenges faced not only at this time of year, but all the days of our lives.


Please register by filling out the form below or by
 sending an email to:

Bettie-Jeanne at

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 *

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 annual
The Compassionate Friends
Worldwide Candle Lighting

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 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 at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the  annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, 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 WWCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but 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 Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries, and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

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.

 In past years more than 550 services were submitted and posted on TCF’s national website.  The Compassionate Friends has nearing 700 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   ♥

please list the name of the person being remembered with the name of the person attending & relationship in ( parentheses) For example: Robyn (Janet & Ted Flanagin, Robbie's aunt and uncle)
We are planning a pot luck dinner before the candle lighting with desserts and snacks after the candle lighting. Entries, Appetizers, Desserts, Salads, Beverages are all appreciated, but are not necessary to be able to attend.

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