10th of December
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day, or Candlelight Day is celebrated the second Sunday of every December. Although the day is recognized during the most festive of holiday seasons, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day has nothing to do with traditional religious and cultural Christmas celebrations. Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is a virtual 24-hour global candle lighting ceremony symbolizing compassionate support for each other by families grieving the loss of a child. Believed to be the world’s largest candle lighting ceremony, the day unites those who remember the children who have passed on.
Initiated by The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement support organization, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day encourages people across the globe to light candles at 7:00 p.m. local time. The collective illumination creates a wave of light that spans the time zones, symbolizing the shared remembrance of those who have passed away.
Candlelight Day at Kinderhospiz Netz
Since her birth, Sophia* had a severe life-shortening illness. The diagnosis was a big shock and an unimaginable challenge for the family. They had to cope not only with the knowledge that they would lose their beloved child, but also with the daily concerns of care, medical treatment, and therapies. It was a difficult time for the whole family. However, there was help – Sophia and her parents were supported by the professional team from Kinderhospiz Netz right from the start.
As Sophia’s health deteriorated in her last year of life and it became clear that she didn’t have much time left, the family received additional assistance. They were supported in making the remaining time as comfortable as possible for Sophia. Through years of care, so much trust was built that Sophia could pass away at home, surrounded by her loved ones.
“It’s okay to go now!” Sophia’s mother gently stroked the cheeks of her five-year-old daughter for the last time, a daughter she had cared for day and night for years. As difficult as it was for the mother, it was time to let go. To this day, Sophia’s parents also make use of the bereavement support services.
Every year on “World Candlelight Day,” Kinderhospiz Netz invites all families whose children have already passed away to a memorial ceremony. Families can connect and commemorate together.
The important work of Kinderhospiz Netz wouldn’t be possible without generous donations. Every contribution, no matter how small, helps make life and even the process of dying as comfortable as possible for children with life-shortening illnesses and their families!
*Name changed to protect privacy.
Our advent calendar and related Christmas events are all in aid of raising vital funds for the children of Kinderhospiz Netz.
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