OSCODA –The Compassionate Friends of Oscoda Area will host its 6th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 6:45 p.m., in Mark’s Park, Oscoda. 

The Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who died at any age.   

As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious and political boundaries.

This activity is part of the 24th Worldwide Candle Lighting sponsored by The Compassionate Friends, National Organization.  Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world, it creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. The local Compassionate Friends of Oscoda Area invites the community to join as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died but will never be forgotten.  

Officials said the local chapter program will be quite different than past Candle Lightings but will be just as meaningful. The event will be outside at Mark’s Park. There will not be a formal program but people will be able to stop and light a candle or place their own candle in the park for everyone to see.  

Those who are not comfortable stopping by Mark’s Park, can still be part of the Worldwide Candle Lighting and honor their loved one at home by lighting a candle on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

The holiday season is an extremely difficult time of year for families grieving the death of a loved one. The candle lighting is a symbolic way of showing the love we continue to carry for our loved ones even though they are no longer with us physically.

Compassionate friends invites the public to join us in this opportunity to remember children, sisters, brothers, or grandchildren so that their lights may always shine.  

For more information you can check us out on Facebook or their website tcf-oscoda@charter.org or email questions to tcfoscoda@gmail.com. 

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