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Congressional Cemetery will host a candle lighting on December 10 at 7pm as part of The Compassionate Friends 27th Worldwide Candle Lighting.

NOTE! Despite the rain we ARE STILL HOLDING THE CEREMONY. Come in the front gate and follow the lighted path to the chapel where we will be warm and dry together.

Compassionate Friends is an international organization dedicated to “supporting family after a child has died.” This annual mass candle lighting is believed to be the largest such event on the globe. Families around the world who have lost a child of any age gather in groups or in homes to create a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone at 7pm local time for one hour.

Join us IN THE CHAPEL of Historic Congressional Cemetery at 1801 E St SE in Washington, DC from 7pm to 8pm as we join the world “in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon.”

If you are not able to be with us in person you can join in the international event online. Details HERE.

As part of our remembrance, we are decorating our Big Chair outside the cemetery with images of candles and inviting the public to add the names of people’s children lost, at any age, recent or long ago. If you cannot attend in person we invite you to send the name of your person for us to add to the exhibit. For two months, the installation will draw attention to the losses and the resilience of families.

We also invite you to bring a wind chime to hang on the cemetery gate during the ceremony to add a beautiful sound to the candle light on the grounds during the ceremony.

The DC Chapter of Compassionate Friends will be leading the ceremony and the public is welcome.

Please CLICK HERE to let us know you plan to join us for this ceremony.

If you have questions or want to volunteer, email us at this link.