PERU — The River Valley chapter of the Compassionate Friends is inviting parents who have suffered the loss of a child to its annual candle lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Conference Room A.
This event is held annually on the second Sunday in December. The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting ceremony unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.
Believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world, the Worldwide Candle Lighting creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. The Compassionate Friends website, www.compassionatefriends.org, will host extended chat room hours and a message board for families to post tributes.
The candle lighting ceremony started in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance and has since swelled in members as word spread.
For more information, contact Rita Studzinski at 815-223-7663.