Annual TCF Christmas Candlelight Remembrance Service

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 19th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children's gardens, schools, cemeteries, and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting started in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance.

Brisbane Christmas Candlelight Remembrance Service

Sunday 11th December 2016
Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm Qld 4005
6.00pm for a 6.30pm start - PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START THIS YEAR

Each year TCF Qld holds a Christmas Candlelight Remembrance Service. Items are submitted by bereaved families to read which will be included in the booklet. Submitted songs are played and central to the evening is the lighting of a candle in memory of each of our children who have died. Those present are invited to write a message to their child on a small card and place it beside a candle which they will then light. This is a very special evening for bereaved parents and their families as it gives them an opportunity to express their feelings and acknowledge their children in a beautiful, meaningful way - especially helpful at this time of year when Christmas festivities are all around us. We invite members to submit items for inclusion in our Service. Suitable items are poetry, verses, other readings and appropriate songs as well as photos to be included in the slideshow.

The opportunity is offered for a member of the family to read their item, but if that is not possible we do have other people available who are happy to read your item on your behalf. Please advise us when you send in your contribution who your planned reader is, or if you wish us to organise a reader. At the completion of the service, we adjourn to the outdoor area where supper is served. It would be much appreciated if you are able to bring along a plate to share for supper. All bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents and their families are warmly invited to attend this special event.

At the completion of the service, we adjourn to the hall where supper is served.

It would be much appreciated if you are able to bring along a plate to share for supper. All bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents and their families are warmly invited to attend this special event.

Song and photo submission requirements for people attending the service

Song - please send to our postal address either on CD, USB or alternatively via email. Please be aware that the number of songs we can play is limited.

Poetry/Verses - please send to our postal address either on CD, USB or alternatively via email.

Photo for inclusion in the slide show - please ensure the photo is of good quality and minimum size of 6"x4" to retain best quality for the slide show. Please send to our postal address either the photo itself or on CD, USB or alternatively via email. Please state the child's name as you would like it to appear, plus their age. Actual photos sent in will be returned to you after the service.

Memory Table - If you miss the closing date for photos and would like your child's photo to be included, you are most welcome to bring a photo along to place on our memory table

Closing date for all songs and photos is Monday strictly Monday 7th November.

Please do not assume because you had your child's photo in last years' service it will automatically be included this year. If you already have a photo on file you wish us to use again please advise.

If you have any queries, please telephone us on 3254 2657.

Past Year Services

Brisbane Candlelight Service Videos and Photos: 2014 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Watch Video

2013 Brisbane Candlelight Service Video

2009 Brisbane Candlelight Remembrance Service

A special part of the 2010 service was the barbershop quartet, Vortex, singing ‘An Irish Blessing’.They also sang a selection of songs during supper.

John & Karen Van Raalte at the 2009 Service

Media Stories and Videos on the 2010 Worldwide Candle Lighting...

Watch Video

2013 Candlelighting Remembrance Service Video

Donations to Christmas Hamper

We also ask our members to be generous and supportive in making good quality donations to our Christmas Hamper raffle.

Suitable items are many and varied with some suggestions being—any Christmas type produce (such as non-perishable food lines, decorations, etc) gift items of all descriptions, toys, gift vouchers, groceries or anything you think may be appropriate.

Donations can be brought along to any of our meetings, coffee mornings or to the Drop-in Centre – or should you need a drop off point closer to you, please phone us and we will make arrangements.

Our sincere thanks for your valued support.

Tickets for our Christmas Hamper Raffle will be posted out to members with the next newsletter. The raffle will be drawn after the service on the 9th December.

We offer three prizes, each of which is a hamper made up of donated goods - in previous years these have been excellent hampers and we hope this year’s will be too.

Any support you are able to offer by selling the enclosed tickets will be much appreciated as the funds generated help us to continue to offer our services to grieving families.

Please return all monies and ticket butts (as well as unsold) tickets to our postal address found on the front page of this newsletter by Monday 28th November.

The raffle will be drawn at supper following our Candlelight Remembrance Service on Sunday 16th December.

Rockhampton Christmas Candlelight Remembrance Service

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Rockhampton will again be holding a Christmas Candlelight Remembrance Service which celebrates and honours the lives of children of all ages who have died. All families who have experienced the death of a child are warmly invited to come along and share in this time of remembering.

Families may also wish to invite extended family members and close friends to share this evening with them.
There are a number of ways for families to be involved.

1. Families are invited to submit photographs of their children for inclusion in a slideshow presentation. (Please submit photographs via email to Judy Shepherd fitzgerald_shepherd@yeahoo.com.au by 10th December, 2014.)

2. Families may wish to submit poetry, verses, other readings or songs/music which may have special significance to you and your child which may be read, played or displayed at the service. (Submissions are needed by 10th December, 2014.)

3. There will also be a candle lighting for each child who has died.

A light supper will follow and families may like to bring along a plate of food to share.

Place: St David's Anglican Church,
Simpson St, North Rockhampton
Date: Sunday 21st December 2014
Time: 7.00pm

For more information, please contact Judy Shepherd on 4927 0222 or email (fitzgerald_shepherd@yahoo.com.au)
or Karen Shillington on 4928 8832 or email (dkshillo1@bigpond.com.au)