WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - On Sunday, the
was one of several organizations to participate in an 18
annual Worldwide Candle Lighting event.
This year's event began in New Zealand and then moved on to the next time zone an hour away. It continued until it circled the entire globe 24 hours later, providing global therapy for countless people in pain.
The local event is sponsored by The Compassionate Friends, whose mission is to support families after a child has died.
Believed to be the largest mass candle lighting, the Worldwide Candle Lighting has become an event in which hundreds of services are held in memory of children throughout the day around the world. Loved ones and community members gather to remember children, grandchildren and siblings with a night of music, inspirational readings and messages of hope.
Organizers say the lighting of candles produced a circle of light that passed through each time zone encircling the globe to honor the memory of children who were the light of so many lives. Later attendees could leave a message on a memory wall and release candle lanterns.