Remembering children gone too soon with a candle-lighting event

December 2, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

The holidays are incredibly difficult for those who have lost a child. This event brings those bereaved families together to honor the memory of all children gone too soon. A candle lighting service, along with music and special readings will lead us to the lighting of a memorial tree full of keepsake ornaments free for guests. Refreshments and fellowship will follow inside.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the 2nd Sunday in December 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, 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 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. TCF’s WCL 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.


Music, readings and poems. Candle lighting service, to include the reading of the children’s names. *Please dress for this outside event
Light refreshments following Candle Lighting

WHERE: Children’s Remembrance Garden-
216 Payne Avenue North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Located next to North Tonawanda City Hall

WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 6:45 PM


What a beautiful way to remember the children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings and friends taken far too soon.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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