National Children's Memorial Day Candle Lighting Ceremony

National Children's Memorial Day Candle Lighting Ceremony
in December is for all children that were lost too soon.


At 7:00 p.m. a nationwide candle lighting will be held in each time zone.
A listing of local events is offered by The Compassionate Friends.

 

Joplin, Missouri  

We will list the sponsorship and where the candle lighting will be for 2006 as soon as we get the information.

 

 

O' candle light, O' candle light!
Oh how your light shines so bright!
O' candle light, O' candle light,
Oh how your light shines forever bright

You shine in memory...of a child of mine,
Whose gone to Heaven, but forever thine.
O' candle light, O' candle light,
To all of us you give hope and light.

O' candle light, O' candle light,
Hand in hand.. we light up the night.
O' candle light, O' candle light,
Light up this National Children's Memorial Night!

Shine higher then.. the stars and sky,
For grieving families... as we wonder why?
O' candle light, O' candle light,
May your flame burn warm and bright.

Please send our love as you glow tonight,
To Heaven above, on this cold winter night.
O' candle light, O' candle light,
Shine bright for me on this special night.

O' candle light, O' candle light,
You're a symbol of a child I love.
O' candle light, O' candle light,
You glow tonight for my child above.

May your light... bring us peace.
May the flame... never cease.
O' candle light, O' candle light,
A candle of hope... on this December night.
Be a bridge between our souls tonight.

 

Copyright © December 2002  Written by:
Laura at: Heavenly Lights Children's Memorial
Unauthorized reprinting of this poem in any form
All rights reserved.

THE AFTER LOSS CREDO

I need to talk about my loss.
I may often need to tell you what happened -
or to ask you why it happened.
Each time I discuss my loss, I am helping myself
face the reality of the death of my loved one.

I need to know that you care about me.
I need to feel your touch, your hugs.
I need you just to be "with" me.
(And I need to be with you.)
I need to know you believe in me and in my
ability to get through my grief in my own way.
(And in my own time.)

Please don't judge me now -
or think that I'm behaving strangely.
Remember I'm grieving.
I may even be in shock.
I may feel afraid. I may feel deep rage.
I may even feel guilty. But above all, I hurt.
I'm experiencing a pain unlike any I've ever felt before.

Don't worry if you think I'm getting better
and then suddenly I seem to slip backward.
Grief makes me behave this way at times.
And please don't tell me you "know how I feel,"
or that it's time for me to get on with my life.
(I am probably already saying this to myself.)
What I need now is time to grieve and to recover.

Most of all, thank you for being my friend.
Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for caring.
Thank you for helping, for understanding.
Thank you for praying for me.
And remember, in the days or years ahead,
after your loss - when you need me
as I have needed you - I will understand.
And then I will come and be with you.


Author: Barbara Hills LesStrang
Click onto Barbara's name above
to buy her book and to see other books about grieving.








 


 





 

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