Candle-Lighting Ceremony for Children

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

Parents remembered their lost children in a candle-lighting ceremony Sunday in Reno. The ceremony marks National Children's Memorial Day. Candles were lit around the world. Locally, the ceremony was organized by The Compassionate Friends, an organization that helps bereaved parents.

Dolores Sherman lit a candle for her son, Tommy -- he died in an automobile accident in 1985. "He was mischievous like the rest, but he was a very loving and caring and... was just full of joy," she said.

The Compassionate Friends is a non-profit organization that brings people together who have lost children. According to the organization's Web site: "The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive."

Sherman said: "It's something that none of us wants to, you know, have to belong to this organization but it's very helpful for all of us."

To learn more, log on to: compassionatefriends.org


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