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

The 2019 World Wide Candle Lighting
will be held at 

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

1806 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids MI

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.

  • 6:30 Candle Decorating

  • 7:00 Candle Lighting Ceremony

  • Keepsake memory candle & decorating material provided

  • Stay after the ceremony for light refreshments & memory sharing

A slide show of loved ones set to music will run throughout the evening. To include your loved one's picture for the slide show, please email a picture and any information you would like to include to:

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 21st 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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Call Us:

616-430-0905 or 616-258-4678

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