Worldwide Candle Lighting
Journey of Hearts
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by TCF Member Jacqueline Brown
National Children's Memorial Day
Compassionate Friends, (TCF) Third Annual
see our candles
in the night?
of love we send you
of purest white
missing from our sight
candles in the night
the big blue marble
out in space
see the candles burning
this human place?
gone before us
us perfect love
night the world lights candles
you may see them from above
the globe is lit by love
who know great sorrow,
we remember our yesterdays
light one candle for tomorrow
year in deep December
we will light candles
© 1998 Jacqueline Brown
Valley TCF, New Britain PA
12, 1999, also known as National Children's Memorial Day is the day
for the Third Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting. Everyone, in every time
zone around the world, is invited to light a candle in honor of all children
who have died, that their light may always shine.
Candles will be lit at 7 PM in
every time zone in memory of all children who have died. As candles go
out in one time zone, they will be lit in the next, creating a wave of
light that will encircle the globe, a virtual 24-hour memorial.
The Compassionate Friends Organization
will be hosting an extended chat room, starting the week prior to the event.
The chat room can be entered by following the link below:
Each year, e-mail messages from
around the world are sent to the national office before dawn, as bereaved
families everywhere lit candles in memory of their children.
For messages from the 1997 Candle
For messages from the 1998 Candle
For more information visit the Compassionate
Children's Memorial Day
This year this date holds another
special significance. December 13, 1998 was designated as National Children's
Senate Resolution 193, introduced
at the request of The Compassionate Friends was adopted by unanimous vote.
This resolution reads:
RESOLUTION Designating December
13, 1998, as `National Children's Memorial Day'.
Whereas approximately 79,000
infants, children, teenagers, and young adults die each year in the United
Whereas the death of a child
is one of the greatest tragedies suffered by a family; and
Whereas support and understanding are critical to the healing process of
a bereaved family: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved that the Senate:
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Designates December 13, 1998, as
"National Children's Memorial Day"; and
Requests that the President issue
a proclamation designating December 13, 1998, as "National Children's Memorial
Day" and calls on the people of the United States to observe the day with
appropriate ceremonies and activities in remembrance of infants, children,
teenagers, and young adults who have died.