The Compassionate Friends

Albany/Harold Mitchell Chapter


Sunday, December 11th

7-8 pm

The Compassionate Friends’ Worldwide Candle Lighting will be held on Sunday, December 11th from 7-8 pm, and unites families 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 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of people 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 (WCL), 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.




7:30 PM

     We will, once again, be having the Albany Chapter’s annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony in person at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Since the onset of COVID, we have been unable to meet in person. We will hear readings, listen to music and light candles in memory of our deceased children.  We know that the holidays are difficult so this is a great time to be around others who share your sorrow and know how important it is to remember your child.  Maybe you haven’t said your child’s name out loud for quite some time.  This is a perfect opportunity to speak your child’s name and light a candle for the beloved children who live forever in our hearts.

     The ceremony will last about an hour, and we will meet in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut Street, Albany. Parking is available next door and all family and friends are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.