The FREE World Wide Candle Lighting event is a gift to the bereavement community from The Grand Rapids Chapter of The Compassionate Friends

The 2020 World Wide Candle Lighting
will be held virtually due to the coronavirus "stay home, stay safe" directive. We want our Compassionate Friends members to be safe during this unusual time in our lives. 

In cooperation with Angels Across the USA, we invite you to join us for this year's candle lighting.


This video was produced as a project by the journalism class at Rockford High School. It highlights our 2017 Candle Lighting at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. We are so greatful to them for this awesome video.


Please join us by going to

Angels Across the USA:

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Alan will keep a couple of them up on his FB page so those who can’t join live can watch. We greatly appreciate Alan for conducting this very special Worldwide Candlelighting.


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 pm 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 24th 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.

 All allied bereavement organizations, churches, funeral homes, hospices, and formal and informal bereavement groups are invited to join in the remembrance.  The Worldwide Candle Lighting gives bereaved families everywhere the opportunity to remember their child(ren) so that their lights may always shine! 

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