The Rochester Compassionate Friends Chapter on Sunday, December 10, at 6 pm for a social hour and a Candle Lighting Program following at 6:45 pm. 

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.



Please contact Gary Hoyme, if you want to include a picture in the power point presentation.  You are invited to bring your child or children's picture and your own candle if you wish.




  • Starting Sunday, December 10th, 2017, repeats every year on the 2nd Sunday of December until Sunday, December 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


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