Dec. 13 candle lighting connects grieving families

Buddha says life is suffering. Some can only imagine the agony of losing a child, while others experience this extreme loss each and every day, some ... every moment. When the pain becomes unbearable, where do you turn, who can help, what can be done? The unbearable can become bearable when your pain evolves into trust, realizing you are not alone, and an entire new family of friends is here for you. Connected by loss, they understand your pain. Tears can fall, but they need not fall in the illusion of solitude. If you are open, they can unfold, and be gently scooped up by caring, earth angels.

Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake, 23855 Detroit Road, is honored to take part in the 19th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting service. People who have lost children or grandchildren come together respectfully to honor those they love. This commemorative service takes place every year, on the second Sunday in December, this year on Sunday, Dec. 13, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Unity's Sanctuary. 

Started in 1997 as a small internet service by The Compassionate Friends, a child bereavement group, the candle lighting has grown into a moving and emotional event. The worldwide service will begin in New Zealand at 7 p.m. When these candles burn down, they are lit in the next time zone, creating a commemorative circle of light. It is currently believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on earth.

Locally, the service will have a special message from Reverend Joanne Rowden, Scripture readings, inspiring music, a memory wall, open prayer stations, a Remembrance Book, and people who have gathered together to praise the life of a child, grandchild or sibling, with light. After the service there will be refreshments, and a labyrinth walk on Unity's large outdoor labyrinth. You will find comfort, warmth and hope in this service, knowing the energy and light of your loved ones' lives are truly inextinguishable. All are welcome. Call 440-835-0400 or email for more information.

Sharon Fedor

I am Secretary on the Board of Trustees of Unity Spiritual Center.

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