Flickering candles, some poetry and a memorial slide show at a local church on Sunday were part of a worldwide remembrance for children who have died.
At 7 p.m. Sunday in every time zone in the world, a chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, lit candles in remembrance. The local event, sponsored by the Verdugo Hills Chapter of the organization and held at La Cañada Congregational Church, drew about 80 people.
According to Carole Dyck, who opened the ceremony with the poem “Let Their Lights Shine,” the idea of the candle lighting was to create a continuous virtual light around the world for parents and the memories of deceased children.
The Verdugo Hills Chapter has been holding the candlelight ceremony since 1987, when 25 people would come together and hold the ceremony outside in parks. But cold weather and rain forced them to move the program indoors.