Here you will find a list of candle lighting and remembrance events around the UK. For more information, please contact the event organiser.
If you are organising your own event you can have it listed here by submitting the information here.
8 December 2019, 6.45 pm start
The Salt House, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4HD
The ceremony consists of music for reflection, poems and the reading of our children's names as candles are lit in their memory. You are invited to bring along a photograph to place on the remembrance table and please let Janette know if you would like to contribute with a personal reading/poem or piece of music.
Refreshments will be available afterwards.
All welcome including family and friends.
8 December 2019, open from 6 pm. Candle lighting at 6.50 pm.
Jessica's Heart, 14 New King Street, Deptford, London SE8 3HS
A Compassionate Friends candle lighting in Jessica's Heart in Deptford. Please bring something to drink and eat and we're open at 6 pm for candles lit by 6:50 pm. A warm welcome assured.
For more information contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org
8 December 2019, 6.45 for 7 pm candle lighting
Look Out and Remember, Lower Sandgate entrance (via Radnor Cliff) entrance to the Lower Leas Coastal Park Folkestone. The garden is immediately on your right (Folkestone CT20 2JJ).
Bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, family and friends are all welcome to attend Hythe TCF's annual remembrance in the night air at the beautiful Look Out and Remember garden. Please wrap up warm for our short but very moving event of candle lighting, poems and other readings with the sea below, cliffs and night sky above and lanterns in the trees. Do bring a candle (in a jam jar or hurricane vase) to light when we all take our turn to say out loud our loved ones' names.
We will start promptly at 7 pm and the event will last around 35 minutes or so. You're welcome to bring a decorated pebble for the Pebble Pool too if you would like to leave something in place, but remember to take candles and jars home afterwards.
For more information contact Christina at email@example.com
8 December 2019, 2.30 pm
Bolton Parish Church, Churchgate, Bolton BL1 1HX
A candle service of music and poetry to remember our precious children taken too soon.
Extended family members are also welcome and you're invited to bring along a photograph of your child(ren) and join us for refreshments after the service.
For more information contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org
8 December 2019, 2 pm
Hull Minster, S Church Side, Hull HU1 2JJ
A service to remember children who have died and those who are missing.
'Light a Candle' that their light may always shine.
All bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents welcome .
Supported by The Compassionate Friends
8 December 2019, 2 pm
St Faith's Church, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4DZ
Anyone who has lost a child is warmly invited to a service of remembrance and candle-lighting ceremony organised by members of the TCF King's Lynn group.
Candles are provided, but you are welcome to bring a framed photograph of your child to display during the service.
Our children's names will be read out during the candle-lighting ceremony.
There will also be the opportunity to write your child's name on a wooden heart or a star to hang on the Remembrance Christmas Tree in the church.
Please join us for refreshments and a chat after the service.
The service is for anyone who has lost a child, grandchild, brother or sister, at any age and from any cause. Extended family members are also welcome.
More details contact Sue at email@example.com
8 December 2019, 2.45 pm
Mariners Chapel, Chapel Street, Rowhedge, Colchester CO5 7JS
All welcome as we remember our children. Please let us know preferably by email if you are coming so that we can prepare a place name for your child. You are invited to bring a photo to stand on the table and a candle if you wish - we will have candles or tea lights ready for you.
More details contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
8 December 2019, 6 pm
St Michael and All Angels Church, Mildred Avenue, Watford, Herts. WD18 7DS
An invitation to a service - part of the World Wide Candle Lighting - to light a candle for all our children who have died as well as all those who have lost their lives to suicide...that their light may always shine on...
You are invited to bring a photograph of your loved one to put on display during the service.
Refreshments will be served afterwards and there will be an opportunity to meet other bereaved families.
For further details contact Bob or Lynda on 01923 245829 or at email@example.com
8 December 2019, 12 noon - approx. 3 pm
17 Barton Crescent, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees TS22 5HJ
Bring and share lunch followed by a few readings/poems and lighting of your own candle. Please take the candle home to light again at 7 pm during the Worldwide Candle Lighting.
Also Christmas Tree Festival on Christmas Eve, 24 December
at St Hilda's Church, The Headland, Hartlepool TS24 0PW.
Open from 1.30 - 4 pm
Meet up with other bereaved parents. Come along and have a cup of tea or coffee, light a candle and add something to our Compassionate Friends tree.
For more information contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org
8 December 2019, 3 pm
All Saints Church, Church Chase, Rettendon, Essex CM3 8DR
An evening of traditional carols and readings. Join us in remembering those babies and loved ones who are no longer with us.
Organised by SANDS - Stillbirth and neonatal death charity sands.org.uk/lightsoflove
For more information contact Dina at email@example.com
8 December 2019, 8.15pm then refreshments until 9.00pm
The Council offices, Thames Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire SN25 1QQ
Organised by The Swindon Compassionate Friends Support Group (for parents who have lost a child)
For further details contact Margaret on 01793 703744
14 December 2019, 6 pm
Hayes Free Church, 111 Pickhurst Lane, Hayes BR2 7HU
The service will consist of suitable readings, some hymns/carols, a candle lighting and a period of quiet reflection.
If you wish, please bring a photograph of your child to be displayed throughout the service.
You will be invited to write your child's name on a butterfly slip to be read out during the service. These slips will afterwards be kept in a Book of Remembrance.
More information here or please contact either: Margaret 020 8657 1535 or Audrey 01689 876 830
15 December 2019, 5 pm
Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve, Clandon Wood, Epsom Rd, West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7FN
Clandon Wood is a very special place for everyone -whether you are religious, spiritual or secular - for this candle lighting.
All bereaved parents, their families and friends are invited to attend.
Please bring a photograph of your child to be displayed during the service.
The service will consist of readings, music, candle lighting and time for quiet reflection in a supportive place.
For more information contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
21 December 2019, 10.30 am
Middleway Meeting Hall, Churchill Way, Middleway, Taunton TA1 3QW
Candle Lighting to honour the memory of the sons and daughters we have lost. Organised by The Rosie Crane Trust.
For more information email: email@example.com and telephone: 01460 55120
25 January 2020, 2.00pm
St John's Church, Grainger Street (close to Newcastle Central Station).
Family and friends are welcome to join you. Please bring a photo of your child plus a flower if you wish. All are welcome for refreshments and a chance to chat after the service. Any questions or concerns ring Jenny on 0191 284 6546.
Each year thousands of parents suffer the loss of a son or a daughter. Please help us to support families in their time of greatest need.